Welcome to this week’s Monday Make! I’ve been so excited about this one because it uses two of my favorite design elements: knotting and tassels.
For this knotted tassel necklace, I used Beadalon’s knotting tool and silk cord with an attached needle when stringing the beads for the necklace.Then to attach the tassel (which I show you how to make in the tutorial below, too!) I used Beadalon’s Artistic Wire. The Bead Gallery aisle at Michaels was filled with beautiful beads that really resonate with this earthy design.
This design is so versatile, and it’s a great way to highlight your favorite beads, making them a focal point above the tassel.
When looking for leather for the tassels, I found that using the deerskin lace worked best to create a tassel with body as well as flow.
I had so much fun with this design that I made more with both embroidery floss tassels (I prefer the look of the variegated floss) and some that used bead caps as toppers for the tassels.
When you’re making these, I found that using silk cord with the attached needle was a must, as it is a strong material that I didn’t have to fight with to get through the beads. Figuring out the correct diameter for each bead took some time, because if the cord is too fat it doesn’t like to go through the bead, but if it is too thin, the knots will creep their way back into the hole of the bead.
The silk cord comes in different colors as well as different diameters, so play around with it until you find the perfect fit. It doesn’t make sense to put all of this work into a necklace that won’t cooperate as you make it. Happy beading!