I’ve been seeing tassels everywhere – hanging off of random taxi rearview mirrors, decorating walls as unique “bunting” and adorning the earlobes and necks of the fashionably fabulous. I had never made any tassels myself before but figured they couldn’t be that difficult and I was right – they are so easy to make. It’s gotten to the point where I’m making different coloured tassels then deciding how to use them. I am literally obsessed with tassel-making at the moment!
What you need:
- Neon embroidery thread
- 40 metal beads (depending on the thickness)
- 3 metal ring links
- 1 metal clasp
- To make the tassel: wrap the embroidery thread around your hand until it’s half the desired thickness.
Using a separate length of thread, tie a knot around the bundled thread. Using a pair of scissors, cut the bundled loop in half at the base.
Hook the bundle of thread at the middle point onto a metal ring link. Loop the separate length of thread (previously knotted around the bundle) around the bundle, under the metal ring link. Tie a double/triple knot and trim the ends of the tassel.
- Measure out and cut two lengths of the embroidery thread. One should be slightly shorter than the other – the length should depend on how long you like your necklaces.
- Thread 14 of the metal beads onto the shorter thread.
- Thread 13 beads onto the longer thread, followed by the tassel and finally thread the remaining 13 beads onto the thread.
- Tie loop knots at the ends of each thread.
- Hook each pair of loop knots onto 2 metal ring links.
- Hook the metal clasp onto one of the links.
This necklace isn’t too over the top but the neon colour makes it eye-catching enough to make an outfit pop – perfect for long summer nights!