Lesson: How to Make Tassels
Master the tassel.
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Find both tails of your yarn and place both in any notch on bottom arm of your tool. Wrap yarn around the tool the number of times indicated on the tassel revolution count guide. Finish wrapping, place yarn in any notch on bottom arm (same arm you started on) cut yarn off the skein.
Cut a piece of yarn three times the width of yarn bundle. Hold tool so the arm with the yarn ends in the notches aka bottom arm is facing down while the other top arm is facing up . Thread the new piece of yarn through the center of your yarn bundle.
Wiggle yarn strand upwards toward the top of tassel, moving back and forth until it wedges along the top surface of your tool. Tie a single knot, pull it to the surface of your tassel, but don’t pull it tight just yet! Carefully remove your yarn from your tool then pull the knot tight and secure with a second single knot.
Hold your tassel with the loops pointing upwards. Working in small sections, trim open the loops on the bottom of your tassel, pulling up on them to get an even snip.
Open your tassel flat and pull down the top string so that it rotates 180 degrees, resulting in the knot rotating to the underside of the tassel. Close the tassel the same way you opened it. The result should be a neat tassel with a clean little loop on the top!
If you have a tassel comb, now is a great time to put it to use! Comb down the tassel strands so that your yarn is nice and neat. Cut a new piece of yarn a foot or so long (depending on your tassel size) in either the same or an accent color. Wrap the new strand of yarn around your tassel twice, slightly below the top where you want your tassel head to form. Once the yarn is wrapped around twice, gently pull on both ends to compress the tassel and form the head, then wrap around multiple times until you like how the wrap looks. Secure wrap by double knotting the two ends of yarn together and trim off excess yarn if the wrap is a different color.
Give your tassel another comb through, then cut the bottom to be even. We recommend pressing down your tassel to be flat and trimming straight across, then rotate tassel 90 degrees and repeat. This should result in an evenly trimmed tassel!
Your tassel is now ready to be attached to anything you please! Learn how to securely attach your tassel a number of different ways on The Neon Tea Party’s YouTube channel.
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