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Making Tassels

January 9, 2013


Tassels have hit it big this season, though not as big as the chevron or pom-pom, I think they will grow in popularity even more in 2013. Like Pom poms making your own tassels is the key to a hot look this season. Making your own ensures no one else will have your look, color or texture. Tassels are very versatile which is why  they are so hot right now. Their many uses includes necklaces, bracelets, earrings, curtain tie backs, trim, blanket fringe and pillow tassels just to name a few.  

Making and sizing your tassels depends on your tool; for a larger tassel use a glass with a large base (the tassel will be as long as half the circumference. For an even larger tassel you can use a kitchen canister, lamp base or even a bucket (for seriously large tassels). For small tassels you can use a serving fork or a narrow vase. Making your tassel is pretty easy too, just be sure you have plenty of yarn. You can change up the look of your tassels by using a contrasting yarn for the wrap or even a different type of cording like wire, twine or embroidery floss. Making your own tassels gives any project a custom look and adds a finishing detail above readymade tassels. You can make the color and size you need without hours of searching or driving. I love making tassels for fringes, wardrobe accessories and home décor projects.

Fork Tassel.jpg

To make your tassel select your yarn and cut a piece 8-10'' long and lay it perpendicular to the direction you will be wrapping your yarn (see pictures for examples); this will be your tie. Begin wrapping your yarn around your tool and continue until you have half the thickness of the tassel you want (then wrap a little more just to be sure). Clip your yarn off the skein opposite of your tie and then knot your tie around all your wrapped yarn and knot if again. Slide the tassel off your tool and cut the yarn directly opposite of your tie. Pull on the tie and grab all the yarn about ¾'' to 1'' below the tie and begin wrapping your tassel with your yarn (or other if you choose). Wrap until you get the look you desire and knot of your yarn and clip a long tail. Thread a tapestry needle with your tail and feed the needle into your tassel and down to disguise your knot and tail. Trim your ends and use your tassel. 

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I looooove tassels! What a great way to trim hand knitted gift!

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