Friday, January 23, 2009

Making Tassels

It's a rainy day in southern California. I didn't really feel like weaving today. But then I remembered I also needed to make tassels for the woven hipband so I decided I was in the mood to do that.

Making tassels goes a lot quicker when you use 3 strands of yarn at a time. So if I wrap the yarn 25 times around the cardboard, that's actually 150 strands in one tassel. Because each wrap makes 2 strands. Two strands times 25 wraps times equals 50 ends. And each wrap has 3 kinds of yarn so that's 150.

Or to put it another way. One wrap around the cardboard equals 6 individual ends once you cut the tassel across the bottom. So 6x25=150. Sometimes doing things is easier than explaining them.


Carrie Mullins said...

Love your blog! I'm trying to get into costuming ... I'm terrible at sewing but I'm trying to get better. I want to make a coin bra, ghawazee coat, a feather collar (a la Zoe Jakes) ... but I kinda get overwhelmed and I really don't know what I'm doing!

Lady Arwen of the Silver Rose said...

I started to respond, but the post got so long I just put it as the next entry. Happy sewing!