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Published on April 26th, 2016 | by Christine Leech

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How to make a tassel necklace – ombre style

Christine Leech, Creative Director at Marie Claire Runway, blogger at Sew Yeah and PomPomMania queen, joins us to show you how to make the latest accessory craze to hit the high-street, a tassel necklace with an ombre twist…

How to make an ombre tassle necklace with Christine Leech of Sew Yeah - LoveKnitting blog

Tassels are huge this summer. From decorating bags, shoes, earrings, key rings, jackets, dresses – nothing has escaped the tassel and pompom adornment. They’re also really easy to make, you don’t need any specialist tools and one ball of yarn goes a long way! I have given these tassels a little extra twist by dipping the ends in bleach to create a beautiful ombre effect.

What you will need:

How to make an ombre tassle necklace with Christine Leech of Sew Yeah - LoveKnitting blog

  • Schachenmayr Catania Fine in Orange, Limone and Koralle
    The super bright colours of Catania Fine cotton yarn are perfect for tassel making.
  • Anchor Artiste Crochet Metallic
    To add some extra shimmer and shine! 
  • Cheap Necklace
    I found a cheap necklace on sale – It was the perfect length but I didn’t like the jewels that were on it so I made these tassels to brighten it up. Sometimes it’s quicker and easier to add tassels to an existing necklace but you can also make one from scratch by buying all the necessary bits from a bead or craft shop.
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Pliers

How to make the Tassels:

Cut a piece of cardboard 8cm (3inch) by 5cm (2inch). Then cut a length of yarn approximately 12cm (4.7inch) long and place it along the top edge of the piece of card.

How to make an ombre tassle necklace with Christine Leech of Sew Yeah - LoveKnitting blog

Start winding the Schachenmayr yarn around the card – making sure you catch and hold the shorter piece of yarn on the card. Wind around 40 winds (for fatter tassels wind more and less for thinner ones).

How to make an ombre tassle necklace with Christine Leech of Sew Yeah - LoveKnitting blog

Tie a knot with the short piece of yarn to hold the bundle together.

How to make an ombre tassle necklace with Christine Leech of Sew Yeah - LoveKnitting blog

Feed one end of the yarn under the bundle, pull tight and then tie a double knot.

How to make an ombre tassle necklace with Christine Leech of Sew Yeah - LoveKnitting blog

Slide the yarn bundle from the cardboard.

How to make an ombre tassle necklace with Christine Leech of Sew Yeah - LoveKnitting blog

About 1cm down from the top of the yarn bundle start winding some gold yarn pulling tight as you go. Wind about 30 times. Finish with a double knot.

How to make an ombre tassle necklace with Christine Leech of Sew Yeah - LoveKnitting blog

Cut the bottom of the bundle to release the tassel. Trim any wonky ends.

How to make an ombre tassle necklace with Christine Leech of Sew Yeah - LoveKnitting blog

Carefully fill a small egg cup with bleach (remember to work somewhere where you won’t be bleaching anything accidentally – wear an apron and plastic gloves if necessary) then dip the end of the tassel in about 1-2cm (0.3-0.7 inches) for a couple of seconds.

How to make an ombre tassle necklace with Christine Leech of Sew Yeah - LoveKnitting blog

Remove from the bleach and hang it somewhere whilst the bleach takes effect (over a sink is ideal). The bleach affects different coloured yarn in different ways – the lime green changed colour almost instantly but the pink and orange took much longer.

How to make an ombre tassle necklace with Christine Leech of Sew Yeah - LoveKnitting blog

When you are happy with the colour change rinse your tassel with soap and warm water and leave to dry.

Repeat the previous steps and make as many tassels as you need.

To attach the tassel to the necklace.

How you fix the tassel to the necklace depends on your particular necklace but you should be able to do something similar with the instructions below. You may want to buy a couple of jump rings from a jewellery suppliers and then you will be able to fix the tassels to any necklace.

Thread two small gold beads onto the two short ends of the yarn.

How to make an ombre tassle necklace with Christine Leech of Sew Yeah - LoveKnitting blog

Thread one end of yarn through a small jump ring or loop on the necklace.

How to make an ombre tassle necklace with Christine Leech of Sew Yeah - LoveKnitting blog

Then thread it back through the two small beads. Repeat with the other piece of yarn and tie a double knot and trim away excess yarn.

How to make an ombre tassle necklace with Christine Leech of Sew Yeah - LoveKnitting blog

And that’s it, you’ve got a cute new accessory for the season. Love what you’ve seen? Why not pin this image and share with the community…

Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Christine will be back next month with another of her funky tutorials. Liked what you see? Why not try her tutorial of how to make a pom pom bunny?

FREE pom pom bunny tutorial by Sew Yeah on LoveKnitting

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About the Author

Christine is not afraid of glitter, seam rippers, semi-colons or challenges, which is fortunate as in her jigsaw career of author, designer, stylist and maker she has to deal with all of them on a regular basis! For more fun stuff visit her blog sewyeah.co.uk or follow her on Instagram @sewyeah


Last updated: July 20th, 2016.

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