I am excited to share today's project with you. Even though making tassels isn't new to me, I have for the first time used them to display a form of art in my home. I created a wall hanging using yarn for the tassels, and a wood dowel to help form the structure of my art piece, and I absolutely love the way it turned out!
My original vision for this project was to use THIS, a woolly, chunky yarn, but I admit that I was being frugal and decided to go with yarn that I had leftover from a previous project. Otherwise I end up with all this yarn, and I usually use so little of it when I do some of these projects. But to help achieve the thickness I was after using the yarn I had, I wrapped it quite a lot of times (more on that in the instructions).
To make the wall hanging, I started by first making the tassels. To make them, you will need a sturdy piece of cardboard (about five inches long), yarn, and sharp scissors. My yarn is called I Love This Yarn! #732 / Ivory. I purchased it from Hobby Lobby. It's a creamy colour with tinges of gold in it.
DIRECTIONS (HOW TO MAKE A TASSEL):
1. Wrap the yarn lengthwise about 40 times around the cardboard (the thickness of the tassel increases with more wraps). Snip the ends, then pull the yarn pieces off.
2. With a new length of yarn, tie a double knot in the centre of your bunch.
3. Snip the extra ends off.
4. Use another length of yarn to wrap around the top to form the tassel. I wrapped mine around five times. Then I tied a double knot, and cut the extra ends off.
5. Raise your tassel to let the ends fall to see where you need to snip to make the ends even length.
6. Take a clear nail polish, and apply polish to the ends you knotted together earlier.
After I created all five tassels, I tied them to the dowel, which I left as is. I also wrapped more yarn around the dowel next to each hanging, to create a little more interest in my piece. I didn't want to completely cover it though, because I like the look of the raw wood. I also thought it would go nicely in our bedroom. Before I was done, I made sure to add more nail polish to the new knots I made, and on the short ends. This helps ensure that the knots won't undo easily (it's along the same idea of applying nail polish to your nylons to prevent a tear from getting larger). It hardens the ends.
I have yet to hang it on the wall in our room, but I kind of like the idea of hanging it from the doorknob too. For now!
I hope you enjoyed today's post, friends. Thanks for taking a look!