Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Christmas Tassel

I know that there are times when I see something
special and I need to buy two or more of whatever it is. Why?

Because.....I may not be able to find it again.

I only bought one of these Nativity ornaments at Hobby LobbyIt was half-price....$2.50
As expected.....there were no more! 
Never buy just one!!!

I had seen and actually purchased what I call a
"Froo-Froo Fussy Tassel." 
Of course thinking that I would eventually  attempt  to make one

Now for the story behind my making
Christmas Tassels......

My sister Sue is the Master of Christmas CreationsShe creates some of the most beautiful wreaths and such that I never wanted to bring anything to her Open House Sale that might compete. So this year... at the last minute....of course...I thought that I could make some Christmas tassels. .

It seemed possible since they were made from ribbon. 
Of course....I have ribbon! 


An absolutely beautiful, soft, flowing piece of tactile therapy! 

It is a collection...not necessarily to be handed down...but a collection never the less.   I have ribbon that it would break my heart to cut.  Seriously...... 
If you are a sewista, sewer, seamstess or just a crafter, you probably buy ribbon....well, because it's


Ribbon Tassel Instructions

You will need:
 -An Ornament with firmly attached hanging hook/loop-
-Four or five different ribbons in graduated widths-
-Eyelash yarn-

So with my stash of ribbon, I began this experiment.  Keep in mind that for the most part, I don't like "exact" measurements when crafting and more often than not use the "TLAR" method.......
"That Looks About Right"

You will start layering ribbon starting with your longest ribbon loops first, working "up" the tassel.  Cut 6 to 8 lengths of each ribbon for the layered loops.  A "ringer" is added in the center using a bead or jingle bell as a weight.  I found small ribbon garland at Big Lots that worked for this...just removed extra beads from a 10 to 12 inch lengh of ribbon garland.  This nativity tassel was the smallest one that I made with the longest ribbon being cut 12 to 14 inches.  The second ribbon was cut 10 to 12 inches and the third 6 to 8 inches.  The last row of ribbon which is a focal point of the tassel, cut to a length that works in relation to the ornament that will finish the tassel.  The finishing touch to the tassel will be the eyelash yarn glues around the base of the ornament.  Use 3 to 4 strands of eyelash (also sometimes called "fun fur")yarn together, crochet a chain stitch approximately 6 to 8 inches, depending on the size of the ornament base.  Fluff the yarn to release all the lashes/furry strands.

Each different "layer" of ribbon were gathered using a zig-zag stitch over DMC pearl cotton thread.  Zig-zag the raw/cut edges in groups by length.  I did not used a wooden core, such as empty wooden spool of thread ....which would have worked better to be honest.   I gathered each row of ribbon and using hot glue, glued them together...working up the tassel.  To help hold the tassel while working, I used a gallon starch jug covered with aluminum foil to prevent the hot glue from sticking.  The weight of the starch in the jug helped it from tipping over.  Make sure the last layer of ribbon is level and flat so when the ornament is attached, the tassel will hand straight and level. 

This was a quick guide....if you need more information, please let me know.

Merry Christmas and may your home be blessed with love and happiness in the coming year.

Happy Smocking....and other stuff!




Jan M said...

I love these tassels! I seem to have the same luck with Christmas ornaments. I either don't buy anough, or I buy too many that never get used. Hope your holidays were happy!

Emily said...

Gasp! I love the nativity tassel best of all!

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Kellie said...

I absolutely LOVE your ribbon/tassel ornament! Thanks for the inspiration... I'll be back!