How to : Tie a Tassel
So, we’re reliably informed that TASSELS are set to be all the rage this summer!
Move over pom poms (no actually don’t! we love pom poms just as much as ever) but the humble tassel is so NOW, so right for elevation to the trim-tastic, top-dog position.
We’re so excited because it turns out that tassels are just so so easy to make.
Here’s the first 3 tassels I created this week using just a few basic example methods to get you started…
So this jute tassel, (pictured above) was, I confess, the first attempt I made and I think it’s a bit ‘skinny’ but here’s how to make it….
Now we need to create a folded card template. This method is especially useful if you want to create several identical tassels, say, for the four corners of a cushion.
Fold the card to a firm thickness and to a length equal to finished length of the tassel. We folded our A4 card in half twice to create tassels of 7cms.
Now cut a notch as shown here on the open edge (not the folded edge).
Start to wind the tassel yarn continuously around the card over the cut notch.
Without cutting the yarn, use the notch space to wrap the neck of the tassel finishing with a tight secure knot and then sew the knotted end into the inside of the tassel
Finally thread another length of yarn and pass the needle between the card fold at the head of the tassel to create a hanging loop
Slide the whole tassel off the card
and cut the looped ends and trim.
The second method is using stranded cotton skeins to make 2 tassels.
You’ll need a whole 8m skein and part of a second one for top loops and neck wrapping. (This second skein could be the same colour or a contrast shade?) Thread a large needle with cotton from the second skein.
Leaving the labels in place, make a loop at one end of the first whole skein and tie off.
Repeat this process at the other end of the whole skein. This is what it should look like. These loops will be the tops of two separate tassels.
Now start neck wrapping.
Try to keep this winding as regular and neat as possible.
Tie off and knot the ends of each wrapped neck tightly and securely.
Sew in the knot and the ends into the tassel to ‘lose’ them.
This is what your work should look like now.
Now adjust the position of the labels to help to decide the finish length of the tassels.
Two the same or one long, one short?
Cut through the whole cotton skein
Fun up and comb to strands if required..
Here’s the short, combed tassel
with a bell added,
usefully joined to my purse
-what a great security idea!
My final make was as a bit of an antidote to the first Jute tassel which was frankly a bit undersized.
I wanted to produce a really fat, multicoloured key style tassel in four lovely gentle shades of a deserted beach.
I found a method that used a card template without a notch and here are the step by step stages and my results…
Secure & slide
Wrap the neck