part two of pompom and Co: tassels and cords (see here for part 1: the real thing)
How to make tassels
Cut a piece of cardboard at the length of the tassel you want to make (the cardboard in the sample is 5.5 cm / 2“).
Wind the yarn all around The more you wind the Cut a piece of yarn (± 20 cm
the cardboard. fuller the tassel. / 8”), thread it in a tapestry
… Cut the yarn. needle. Slide the needle be-
… tween the cardboard and
… the yarn.
Pull the needle through At the opposite side cut Remove the cardboard.
and tie a knot. through all the yarn wrapped
… around the cardboard.
Cut a 2nd piece of yarn
about 3 times the length of
the tassel, wind it at least
twice around the tassel to
form the head. Tie it very
firmly and cut the ends at
the same length as the tassel.
Ready … unless you want it to hang at the end of a cord …
How to make a cord
Decide how long and thick you want your cord to be. Each piece of yarn will be folded in half, twisted and folded on itself again, so using one strand results in a 4 strands thick cord. Using two strands will give you an eight strands thick cord (see left margin). Cut one (or more) piece(s) of yarn at four times the length of the cord you want to make.
Fold the strand(s) in half. Hold the ends in your left Stretch the yarn and place
. hand. your right index finger in
… the loop at the folded side.
… Start twisting.
Continue to twist in the Remove your finger from Tie all the ends firmly in a
same direction until the the loop and fold the little knot and trim the
yarn is completely twisted twisted cord in half. Hold ends but don’t cut too
and tightened up. the two ends together. much because the knot
… The cord will twist on itself. could be undone
Attach the tassels to the cord and hide any yarn ends in the tassel. As you can see in the next pic the cords are the finer ones made with only one strand.
And here they are on my new hat