So, as Lisa said in our last post, a Pinterest Party offers you a way to get together with your pals and make some of the things you have been pinning (if you’re anything like me, the list is a very long one!). I’d like to share one of the pins that I’d been excited to try for a while.
Tassels have been everywhere recently and the tassel necklace seemed like a pretty straightforward craft for an enthusiastic but pretty amateur crafter like me! One of our favourite blogs Sugar & Cloth had a really good tutorial a while back and I also loved the ombre take that Clemence from Oh the Lovely Things had, so I decided to take both as my inspiration.
You will need:
- Embroidery thread in your chosen colours
- Gold necklace chains with lobster clasps (we used 19.5″/50cm chains)
- 8mm jump rings
- Bead necklace tips
- Round nose pliers
Having never made jewellery before, finding the supplies was a little bit overwhelming at first. I sourced most of our supplies from Ebay and found that being as specific as possible when searching (eg. gold 8mm jump rings) made the process a lot quicker (this may sound like common sense to you, for me however, it took a while to catch on! Ha!)
First up is making the tassels. I decided to use three different shades of blue to make my necklace to create the ombre effect I was looking for.
Cut about 20cm off the end of your embroidery thread, then use clamp your bead necklace tip around the middle using your pliers.
Fold the thread into 2 equal parts, and tie the 20cm length around it (make sure its nice and tight or your tassel will end up uneven! Then trim the ends to make your tassel (warning, this part is addictive and you may want to add tassels to everything!)
Next attach your necklace tip to your jump ring,clamping the tip closed with your pliers.
Make two more tassels in the same way and you’re ready for the last step (I made my middle tassel slightly longer).
You can open each jump ring individually and attach to the middle of your chain (a bit fiddly but it means each tassel will stay in place) or simply thread the jump rings onto your chain.
This craft was definitely a hit at our Pinterest Party, why not give it a go with your best gal pals, or even better, give us a shout and we’ll do all the organising for you!
Featured Image Photo Credit: Loretta at You Them Us photography