How do you make a tassel?
By Joyce from Australia
Take a piece of cardboard the size you want the tassel. Wrap the yard around the cardboard as many times as you want, if you want a really full tassel wrap it many times, if you want a thin tassel wrap it less times. Before removing from the cardboard, slip a piece of yarn under the wrapped yarn and tie a knot at the top, you may want to double tie it for securing reasons. Then remove the tassel from the cardboard and cut through the bottom of the tassel. Wa la, a tassel!
There are how to videos if you are more of a visual learner:
You can make any size you wish and the more times you wrap it around the cardboard the plumper it will be.
Get a wooden bead with a hole in it. Depending on the size of the tassel you will see in the bead, that will be the head of the tassel. Say you want a large tassel. Get one with a 1/2 inch hole, the bead 1 - 1 1/2 inches tall (Do not cut lengths until you see your tassle tied then you will know how long you want it). For a nice expensive looking tassel use embroidery threads or another fine looking string. You can even use satin ribbons. Cool yarns are also available now.
Grab a handful of your colors you want and tie a knot at the bottom with the loose ends put a piece of scotch tape tight around the end so you can slide the threads easily through the bead hole filling it around the inside and pull through until knot hits the hole make sure it is very full inside so that when you pull them out you come back down with the string and cover your bead all around.
Once your strings have covered the outside of your bead pull together at bottom and tie with 2-3 extra strands as close to the bottom as you can get and very tightly then knot. ( You can again also use satin ribbons or any tie of your choice) then cut the length you want your tassle to be. Lastly put 3-4 strands together, or ribbon to a length depending on how long you want your loop, more strands if you want your loop thicker and you can even braid them then evenly on each side stuff them under strings that are over the bead at the top and tie small knots. With satin ribbon loops you can either use hot glue to attach or sewn on. Whala tassels, and you can make some very expensive looking ones too. Good luck, Deby Sorry, haven't made it to my art class yet, I tried.
Use two pieces of cardboard, and place a piece of yarn crosswise between the two pieces with the ends hanging out. Then wrap the yarn around the cardboards in the vertical direction. This will allow you to put the tassel together before you take it off the cardboard. You can pull the crosswise yarn up and tie it around the yarn at one end of the two cardboards, and then slip your shears between the cardboards at the other end and cut the yarn.
After the tassel is off the cardboards, come down from the knotted yarn 1/4 to 1 inch, depending on size of tassel, and wrap a piece of yarn around tassel and tie tightly. This puts that little ball effect at the top of the tassel and helps hold the strings of the tassel from coming loose.
When you tie the knots, if you wrap the yarn over an extra wrap on the first part of the knot, when you pull it tight, it should hold so you can tie the knot tighter.
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