How to Make Tassels with a Hairpin Lace Loom

Our Josephine Tribal Set has one feature that is very popular on tribal belly dance costumes: tassels!

Tassels are actually quite easy to make when you know the tricks. We like to use a hairpin lace loom for ours, because the adjustable pins mean you can make tassels in pretty much any size you want on a single piece of equipment!

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Hairpin lace looms, like any other product range from inexpensive plastic ones at $5 a pop to fancy wooden ones that go for $30-40. They all work just as well for tassel-making, so don't feel like you have to break the bank on one.

Now, on to how to use it for tassel-making.

Begin by setting the pins on the loom to whatever distance corresponds to the finished length you'd like the tassel to be. If you want a 3-inch long tassel, set the pins 3 inches apart.

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1. Wrap the yarn around the pins 20-30 times, or until desired fullness is achieved.

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2. Thread a 9-inch or so length of yarn through the center of the wrapped yarn near one of the pins.

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3. Tie the 9-inch length of yarn tightly at the top.

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4. Tie a second 6-inch or so length of yarn tightly around all the wrapped yarn, about 1 inch below the top of the tassel.

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5. With sharp scissors, cut the bottom loops of the wrapped yarn free from the loom.

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7. Slide the top of the tassel off the loom and trim the bottom ends so that they are even.

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8. If a beaded embellishment is desired, thread both ends of the 9-inch yarn through the bead.

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9. Use the ends of the 9-inch yarn to tie the tassel to whatever the tassel will be attached to.

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10. Thread the ends back down through the bead...

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...and down through where the 6-inch length of yarn is tied.

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11. Trim the ends evenly with the rest of the tassel.

Voila!