Yes, another wall hanging. I hope you don't mind. I couldn't help myself! But honestly, this piece has to be one of my all time favorites. The idea came about while searching for ways to use up the rest of my massive spool of cotton string from the macrame feather project. I stumbled upon this gorgeous wall hanging on Etsy and just fell in love with the fullness and richness of it, I had to re-create it - but with a Sheila Hicks (the great American fiber artist) twist. Full disclosure: this took me a few months to finish. Mostly because I just couldn't find the time to work on it during the mad rush of the holidays, but also because wrapping and brushing out each and every tassel can be rather tedious. But I will say, finally being able to assemble it was so very rewarding, I would make it all over again.
Start by cutting three even strands of cotton string. Fold them in half over a wooden dowel.
Take one end of yarn and fold the end in half to the desired length of the wrapped section. Align the ends to the very top of your cotton string. Hold the cotton string and yarn in place, right below the wooden dowel. Take the yarn and wrap.
Be sure to leave the tail end sticking out. You'll need that later. Continue wrapping 2-3 times around.
Slide the tassel off the dowel - it's easier to wrap while it's off. And after the first few tassels, hopefully, you'll get a sense of how big of a loop to leave and won't need to wrap on the dowel anymore. Continue wrapping!
Once you've reached your desired length, without going past the bottom yarn loop, trim the working yarn, leaving about 2 inches. Stick that end through the loop.
Now, take the end of the yarn at the top of the tassel and start to pull. The loop at the bottom should start to move, along with the other end of the yarn.
Continue pulling until the loop disappears into the wrapped section.
Trim the ends of the yarn. Continue making more tassels at various lengths and colors.
Once all your tassels have been made, you'll need to brush them out with a cat brush. Remember to put the cat brush on a durable surface like a self healing cutting mat - otherwise, the cat brush will scratch any other surface.
When brushing, start at the spine and push hard into the cording when brushing. It'll take several hard strokes to get that beautiful, soft fringe.
Once all the tassels have been brushed out. You can start assembling them onto your wooden dowel! If you want a single row wall hanging you can skip down to the trimming step. If you would like a two tiered wall hanging, you'll need to make 2 extra long tassels with two sections of wrapped yarn. These will hold the 2nd wooden dowel.
So make the tassel just as you have been doing. Hold up your second dowel to get a sense of where you want that second tier to start. For mine, I used all the shorter tassels for the 1st tier and saved the longer ones for the 2nd tier.
Tie off the first wrap, skip at least a 2-3 section and then wrap again. Brush and then make another one to the exact same measurements.
Put the two tassels on the ends of your first dowel. Fill the second dowel with the same amount of tassels. Slide the long tassels to each end of the first dowel. You can even add a couple of extra tassels to those ends.
Slide each end of the second dowel into the open section of the long tassels. Voila, two tiers!
Now comes the fun part. Trimming! I love the effect of a blunt cut - I feel like it accentuates the layers more. Pull one tassel out at a time, give it another good brush and then, with a pair of sharp shears, give it a trim! Continue trimming the tassels along the first dowel and then on the second. Your tassel wall hanging is ready to hang!
photos and tutorial by HonestlyWTF