Thanks to the Loome tool, I have recently become *slightly* addicted to making tassels and pom poms. It is such a quick and easy project, and the tassels are just so cute. I want to put a tassel or pom pom on just about everything. Yarn tassels are great, but I really like the look of perle cotton tassels. The satiny sheen of the thread gives the tassel a little bit of shimmer, and with so many great colors of thread available – the possibilities are endless!
I am going to share how to make a tassels with 2 colors plus an accent thread on the neck, but you can easily modify this to suit your needs. Add more colors, make monochromatic tassels or use 6 strand embroidery floss instead. Do what works best for your project.
Gather Your Supplies …
- Perle Cotton Thread (I will be making a 2 color tassel with an accent, so I have 3 balls of thread)
- Tapestry Needles
- Loome Tool (I am using the Slingshot XL model, but any of the Loome tools will work for tassel making)
Let’s Get Started!
Grab your Loome tool and your first color (Color #1) of thread. This will be the color you see the most of in your tassel. Secure the end of your thread in one of the bottom tongs of the Loome. Wind your thread about 50 times around the Loome, then secure your thread in the same place you started it.
Time for Color #2! Secure the end of second thread in the same spot where you started/ended Color #1 and wind the thread about 50 times around. Once you’ve made 50 revolutions, secure your Color #2 thread in the same spot where you started.
Back to Color #1 thread. Repeat the previous steps of securing the ends in the same spot and adding another 50 revolutions of Color #1 thread on top of Color #2. Secure your thread in the same place as all the other ends and snip your thread.
Next, cut one 18″ piece of Color #1 and Color #2 threads. Combine the two 18″ lengths of thread. This will be the string that hangs your tassel – you can always trim it down later, or if you need a long string for hanging your tassel, make these pieces longer now.
Insert your hanging string inside the thread loops you just made on your Loome tool.
Once you’ve threaded the hanging string through the inside, make sure you have roughly even amounts of thread on either side and start moving the hanging thread up to the top of your thread loop (the opposite end from where you secured your thread ends earlier)
Keep pulling your hanging thread up until it is centered on the upper edge of the Loome tool. This is the very top of your tassel.
Tie a double knot here as tightly as you can.
(Don’t worry if it isn’t super tight yet, we’ll be tying it again in a minute)
You are now ready to take your tassel off the Loome tool. Slide the whole bundle gently off the tool and put the tool aside.
I have trouble tying a super tight double knot while the thread is on the Loome, so I prefer to secure the top of the tassel at this point. (If you were able to tie a nice tight knot in the previous step, you can skip this one.) Carefully, part the thread loop and wind the Hanging String a couple of times around the top, so that you can pull it nice and tight and then tie another double knot. This will give you a well-shaped and secure tassel top.
Now it is time to make your tassel neck accent. Cut a piece about 18″ long of thread in the color that you would like to use for the “neck” of your tassel.
Place your tassel on top of the neck accent thread and leave a piece of the accent thread shorter on one side with the majority of your thread on the other. I left about 6″ of the white “neck” thread on the right of the tassel with the rest of the white thread on the left. Position your neck accent thread where you would like the “neck” of your tassel to be towards the top.
Once you have the neck accent thread positioned where you would like, tie a knot. Hold the shorter length in one hand out-of-the-way and with the longer side wind the thread around your tassel bundle to create the tassel neck. How much you wind is a matter of personal preference – do you want a skinny neck? a thicker accent? It is up to you! Keep winding until you like how it looks.
Once you have your tassel neck to the thickness you desire, tie a double knot with the shorter piece that you were holding out-of-the-way and the longer piece that you were just winding around the tassel. Grab your tapestry needles and thread one of the neck accent thread ends through the needle.
Insert your threaded needle into the center of your tassel from the top.
Pull the needle out through the bottom of your tassel. This will neatly hide the knot of the neck accent. Repeat with the other end of the neck accent thread.
Snip your neck accent thread ends inside the tassel. (Or leave them long if you want an extra pop of color in your tassel!)
It’s finally time to cut your thread loops! Snip the tassel bottom threads to create your tassel. (This is the end that should have the start/ends of the threads you used when winding your thread on the Loome.)
Yay!! You have a perle cotton tassel. Just one more quick step to clean things up a bit.
With your scissors, trim the bottom so that the edge is even and cleaned up … and you’re done!
These little perle cotton tassels are great as accents on bags and pouches or on scarves or blankets. Seriously, I want to put them on everything. If you have some ideas on how to use these tassels, please share them in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!