I saw this on Pinterest and had to try it, especially since I had all the materials already. Door knob tassels!
Materials and tools:
- 4mm cotton string – alternatively, you can use something thicker
- Embroidery floss in all the colors
- Tapestry needle
- Ruler or tape measure
- Painters tape (optional)
Cut 8 strands of the 4mm string into 2-foot pieces. If you are using a thicker string/rope you may not need as many strands. Line up the strands and fold in half. If it helps, use painters tape to hold the strands together and mark off where you will stop wrapping with embroidery floss. I marked off 6 inches from the string midpoint.
Take your first embroidery floss color and tie a double knot on the strings opposite the painters tape marker. Begin wrapping, keeping the wraps directly next to each other. Leave the loose tail to the side – we’ll use that later to finish our tassel. Tension should be just enough to keep the string strands snug. When you are ready to switch colors, tie an overhand knot with the end of the current floss strand and the start of the next floss strand. Trim excess floss.
Continue to wrap, this time wrapping over the loose floss ends to hide them. Change colors as you wish. Once you get to the painters tape marker, remove the tape and tie a double knot with the two loose floss ends to close the tassel loop.
Continue wrapping with your last floss strand over both sides of the tassel. Wrap for 1/2 – 1 inch. Use your tapestry needle to tie a double knot on the backside of your tassel, and sew loose ends into the last wrap to hide. Trim excess floss.
You can stop here or add additional designs with contrasting floss colors. For the below look, begin wrapping one way (up), then criss cross back (down). Tie the loose ends in a double knot at the back of your tassel. Tuck in loose strands with your tapestry needle. Trim excess floss.
Try it with different color combos. Optional: Comb out the string strands for a fluffier tassel. Hang on a door knob and enjoy!
With Thanksgiving coming up, I can picture these being used as Thanksgiving place settings, too! Have you been inspired by something on Pinterest lately? Share your latest creations below!