This has been another most enjoyable chapter – more like playing than working. I might return to it and do some more tassels, but I want to get into the habit of working and posting more regularly, rather than my bad habit of working a huge amount of hours and then doing nothing for weeks (or even months!!). So, here’s what I’ve done this week:
3.6.h1 Two simple tassels. The one on the left has a bead threaded onto the end of each stand of thread and secured by a knot.
3.6.h2 Strips of dyed cotton muslin
3.6.h3 Experimenting with different materials: this is strips of bubble wrap.
3.6.h4 Dyed lace and twill tape
3.6.h5 I used three strands of differently coloured yarns and stuffed the head before tying the neck. I used a long chenille thread to tie the threads at the head and then knotted it with a repeated half hitch to give a spiral.
3.6.h6 I had fun with this one! I made the threads longer to have more possibilities. First I tied the head close to the fold, then I stuffed the next bit and tied again, tying a third time close to the second tie. I then divided the skirt into 6 pieces and tied them before plaiting each one for a bit and then tying again (each plait separately). I really liked this one and the colours worked well.
3.6.h7 I tried Sian’s suggestion to plait a cord first then fold it, tie it and unplait the skirt. However, instead of just folding I thought I’d try a turk’s head knot for the head of the tassel. My brain got lost in trying to fathom out where all the threads should go, but, although it isn’t a turk’s head knot, it is a fairly decorative knot. It works quite well, although would have been better with the proper knot!
3.6.m1 Two machine stitched tassels. I didn’t really enjoy this – I don’t like using the machine and much prefer stitching and making by hand. However, I could see that you could make some interesting textures in the head of the tassel by judicious choice of stitch and thread and so I think more experimentation here would be good. The thread I chose for the one on the right was two colours of a very springy viscose cord that had been wound around a small piece of card, so that it wanted to spring up in curls. I liked that effect.
If I manage to stick to my resolution, I’ll have more to post next Sunday.