Tassels and Pom-Poms (+ How You Can Make these On-Trend Embellishments)

lockwise from top left, Baa-ble Hat, design by Donna Smith (©Donna Smith); #056 Cotton Tassel Blanket, design by Leslie Scanlon (©Mac & Me); Linden, design by Danielle Romanetti (©RainyDaisy); pom-pom gift wrap from Better Homes and Gardens (©Better Homes and Gardens)

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.

lockwise from top left, Baa-ble Hat, design by Donna Smith (©Donna Smith); #056 Cotton Tassel Blanket, design by Leslie Scanlon (©Mac & Me); Linden, design by Danielle Romanetti (©RainyDaisy); pom-pom gift wrap from Better Homes and Gardens (©Better Homes and Gardens)

lockwise from top left, Baa-ble Hat, design by Donna Smith (©Donna Smith); #056 Cotton Tassel Blanket, design by Leslie Scanlon (©Mac & Me); Linden, design by Danielle Romanetti (©RainyDaisy); pom-pom gift wrap from Better Homes and Gardens (©Better Homes and Gardens)

To my delight, tassels and pom-poms are totally on trend this year.

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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.

dolce and gabbana pom-pom

  • 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.

loome tool

  • 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.
©theloome

©theloome

  • 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.
 ©theloome

©theloome

  • Experiment with color and wrap more than one color of yarn for your tassel or pom-pom.
  • Have fun! Very little skill is needed to make these, so relax and enjoy playing with the yarn or material and figuring out all of the places they can go.

  • The latest from Danielle
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.

fibre space™ specializes in unique yarns and fibres from hand dyed, independent, local and U.S.-made sources for knitting, crochet & spinning. Enjoy our wide selection of classes, designer workshops, yarn tastings, movie nights & more. Join the community in our comfy lounge, and let the helpful staff at fibre space™ get you started on your next handmade creation!

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Alexandria, VA 22314

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