Today we have access to many and varied trims to enliven our homes but they are mostly made of synthetic materials unless one is prepared to pay premium prices for those in wool or silk.
Before the modern age most trimmings were of natural materials and those made in France were the best in the world.
I search out original trimmings to decorate cushions and curtains but, like everything else treasured and antique, they are getting harder to find and the price seem to go up every time I come across any.
|18th century Aubusson tapestry cushion with wool bobble trim|
|Two wool tassel trims|
I was lucky recently and very grateful to be able to buy a stash from a friend who lives in France so there is a spate of cushion making coming on!
|A gorgeous heap of tassel and bobble trims|
I also use 18th and 19th century ecclesiastical flat braid as it has a patina which goes well with antique textiles
|A variety of 18th and 19th century metallic ecclesiastical trim|
|Gold Metallic Early 19th century tassels|
Well - to get on with those cushions!