Farmhouse style tassels are much easier to make than elaborate Victorian tassels. The farmhouse tassels may not be as soft, but I made two in 30 minutes. If your plans don’t include adding tassels to your pillow, then you’ll love these.
The idea of these tassels started because our puppy tangled my chenille yarn. I left the door open on the craft cabinet. The little strand of yarn hanging out of the bin caught Otis’s eye. While I worked on a project, Otis worked on making a huge ball of yarn. A huge knotted ball of yarn.
Otis’s creation almost made the trash, but I realized the yarn could work for a tassel. I could cut it into small pieces if I needed.
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Here’s how I made the farmhouse style tassels I envisioned.
Make the tops 24-hours before starting the tassels.
I rolled out the clay to about 3/4 inch thick.
Next, I use wood skewers to make holes through the clay from the top to the bottom. You can use the extra long needle too. Leave the skewers in the clay overnight. After a few hours rotate the skewers so they do not get stuck in the clay.
Making the handles or hanging loops
For the heart shape tassel, I used the smaller beaded for the handle or loop. Thread floss on a large needle and add beads. Then rethread the floss…
Then insert through the hole made while drying.
If your puppy tangled your chenille yarn, untangle it. Then wrap the yarn around a piece of cardboard. My cardboard is 9 inches wide. I used floss to gather the yarn on one side. The other side, I cut the loops.
I tie knots while saying, “left over right, right over left.” This makes a non-slip knot.
At first, I wanted to tie a small piece of yarn around the top of the yarn to make a ball. But I didn’t like the look. So I tied the floss from the yarn to the floss hanging outta the heart. A quick haircut along the bottom finished this tassel.
The round tassel
The round clay or biscuit tassel has the same loop only using the larger beads. Then I made a strand of smaller beads using small buttons on each end to hold the beads in place.
Next, I made five more strands of beads. I tied one end of each strand to one top button. Then tied the top button to the floss from the clay biscuit.
I can’t decide which tassel I like the best.
I don’t suggest hanging these from your sofa pillow!
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