Tassels and pom-poms have always been a finishing piece for hand knitters. Because they are a great way to use up extra yarn leftover from a project, we stitchers love to attach them to hats, scarves, and blanket edges. We also use them to adorn the tops of wrapped gifts, to give the recipient a bit of a clue to the contents of the package.
To my delight, tassels and pom-poms are totally on trend this year.
This Twine and Twig tassel necklace is a staple in my wardrobe this season. You can pick one up at The Shoe Hive! I also snatched up these tasseled flats by Freda Salvador this spring because I just couldn’t resist the pony hair tassel on the back zipper. And I’m loving this pom-pom adorned bin from Red Barn Mercantile. There are inspirations all around this season.
Even if you aren’t a knitter, you can make and add these fun adornments to your store-bought pillows, blankets, scarves, shoes, and even earrings. Here are some tips for making your own:
Use natural fiber, preferably wool, for pom-poms. It is more difficult to make pom-poms with acrylics and other man-made fibers, as they don’t have the natural bounce and give that wool has.
Choose the right fiber for the object. You may want a machine washable wool for something like a pillow or blanket. Untreated wool works well for items you intend to hand wash like wool or cashmere hats and scarves or the tops of your favorite summer sandals.
Tassels lend themselves to more fiber options. Linen, paper, and raffia make gorgeous tassels for lamps, curtains, cards, and more.
Make it easy on yourself and get a good tool. While you can make a pom-pom or tassel by wrapping yarn around a DVD of Lord of the Rings, it’s not the cleanest way to make them. There are plenty of pom-pom makers out there. Our shop favorite is the Loome tool, which serves as both pom-pom maker AND tassel maker in one beautiful wood tool! (Available at fibre space, $16)
Knot twice! Once you are ready to tie off your tassel or pom-pom, be sure to tie down a tight knot and tie it twice to ensure that you don’t lose any of the tiny pieces of your tassel or pom-pom.
Think outside the box! With a good tool and some creative materials, you can make one-of-a-kind pieces that will be part of your wardrobe for years. Check out this nifty idea from the Loome, which uses a copper fitting and strips of t-shirt material to make a tassel necklace.
Danielle is the owner of the fibre space shop and has been knitting since the age of six or so, when she completed her first project – a Cabbage Patch doll scarf. A Pittsburgh native with a degree in international development, she moved to the D.C. area to find a job and quickly established a career in non profit management and fundraising. For extra cash, she decided to turn her hobby into a job and taught knitting classes in the evening at area shops. With a heavy dose of sarcasm and a tough love style of teaching, Danielle quickly developed a following of students – busy D.C. professionals looking for a creative outlet. In October 2006, she struck out on her own with Knit-a-Gogo, Inc. – offering knitting classes and events all over the D.C. metro area. Before she knew it, Knit-a-Gogo had grown out of control and Danielle moved to the next natural step – a full service yarn shop. In July 2009 fibre space was born and has been rockin’ ever since. When she isn’t behind the counter with a mocha in hand and her kiddo Madeline at her side, Danielle is hanging with her hubby or lobbying for small business needs at City Hall.
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