I adore tassels. I love their creation, their femininity, the way they swing. They are just a great decorative item that can be found in so many different forms, fabrics and colours that each can portray a different feeling. The simple, the elegant, the frivolous, the royal, the decadent, the elegant.
They can be attached cushions, curtains, lampshades, pillows, blankets, cotton bath towels, roller blinds, cotton hand towels, book marks to name just a few. All in all the Tassel is quite a remarkable invention.
In my new collection of bath towels I have gone for cotton tassels. They are so fresh and natural and can be made in so many colours. Just a little detail like this can change the whole feel of a item. The new collection of bath towels will be available in 3 sizes:
- Large Bath Sheet 160cm x 100cm
- Hand Towel 90cm x 50cm
- Face Flannel 30cm x 30cm
The collection is made from superior white cotton towelling and finished at either ends with a choice of multi coloured tassles or white tassels. Which ever you choose, they are sure to bring a feeling of joy to your bathroom. Collection debut 1st April (no April fools!) at www.celialindsell.com
For those of you who like to create things yourself see below for simple steps on how to create your own tassel.
We suggested you use cotton embroidery thread. It is available in so many varied colour choices that you are sure to find a good colour match for your project. Devere Yarns is a good supplier for the cotton thread.
Undo the bold of thread a couple of days before making the tassel, this way you wont have kinks and creases, or of course iron it flat.
What you will need:
- Some good rigid cardboard, any thing that does not bend easily. It needs to be double the length of the tassel you wish to create and approx 10cm wide.
- Your bold of embroidery thread in your chosen colour.
- A good sharp pair of pointed sissors.
Here goes, remember to wash your hands before beginning. For some reason threads always get tangled with dirty hands.
- Cut the piece of cardboard double the length of the tassel you want to create. Wind the embroidery thread around the board again and again. The tassel will be double the thickness as the loop you have wound around the board. Be really generous, this will create a far more effective cotton tassel.
- When you have finished winding the cotton around the cardboard slip the wound cotton off the cardboard and lay on your worktop. Cut a piece of 15cm cotton from the same colour and tie it tightly around the centre of your wound cotton. Tie this into a tight knot.
- Now hold the knotted thread upwards and let the wound looped cotton hang down. Cut the loop ends with your sharp pointed sissors. (You can trim the bottom of the tassel later)
- Now it it time to make the neck of the tassel. Cut another piece of embroidery cotton approx 25cm long. Make one end of cotton into a loop shape, then place loop on tassel. Hold the other end, and wrap it tightly around tassel and over the top of the loop to secure it. Wrap slowly, working from the top of the neck down, so neck threads lie evenly next to one another. As you wrap, ensure all the threads in the head and skirt are neatly in place. After wrapping neck, pass end of thread through loop and gently close loop, tucking ends into the head of the tassel. Trim tassel ends, a few threads at a time, to even them if necessary. Use the tie-off threads on top of the tassel to attach it to your item.
How did that go? I hope you are happy with your result and have managed to create your first cotton tassel.
Go one step further and try making a Georgian Tassel demonstrated here by Anya Hindmarch. These really are a work of art, or craft, however you like to call it. These tassels cannot be made by machine so keep a highly skilled craft alive.