If you need new decorative trim for your château, I’ve got just the place for you. Declercq Passementiers has been in the business since 1852 and has passed through six generations of the family. If you choose to buy your window tassels at Declercq, you’ll be in great company. Versailles, Fontainebleau, and the Opéra Garnier all looked to Declercq when it came time to restore historic curtain trimmings. The recent commission for Versailles involved restoring the stage curtain at the royal theatre. Declercq artisans devoted over 500 hours and 66 pounds of gold to re-create the original trim. Your decorating project need not be historic, however. Declercq also supplies twenty-first century-style trims in cotton and linen threads. Even if ornate trim isn’t to your taste for your décor, you may enjoy visiting their showroom in Paris. This mini-museum is open to the public, and, on the first Thursday of each month, there are demonstrations by their skilled artisans.
Today’s expression, de fil en aiguille, (duh feel on eggy) literally means “from thread to needle,” but figuratively means “one thing leading to another.” I imagine that’s how a beautiful tassel or a family business is built, one loving task after another. Check out www.declercqpassementiers.fr.