Sunday, 4 April 2010

The tassels get more ambitious

I quite got into the swing of tassel making today. Here’s one that reminds me of a mushroom. It is made of stranded cotton wrapped around a disc and then bound with leather cord. It makes quite a handy little duster …


Then there is a very sparkly one where I have hand wrapped the head completely in silver thread so it makes a complete loop before forming the neck of the tassel:


Finally for today the most extravagant one so far. It is made from recycled sari yarn and strips of torn fabric. The top loop is twisted, then there are two necks separated by a wooden ball inside the strands of fabric:


While we are on the subject of spirals I can now show you a few of the fabric bowls I made and gave as Christmas presents, as they are constructed from a continuous spiral of fabric:



More twists and turns

I have made a few more cords and braids. First a foray into plaited cords:



Then a bit of macrame for good measure. 1 is square knots, 2 is a piece of green leather and piece of pink raffia just knotted together at various intervals, 3 is a series of loose half hitches:


Then two more kumihimo braids, one very neat that is strong enough to hold a spiral shape of its own, and a second made of frayed fabric strips:


Finally my first attempt at tassels. The middle one turned out a bit fat and dumpy (and rather uneven but I have hidden that!). I rather like number three with its mix of variegated sock wool and gold thread:


Friday, 2 April 2010

Cords and twists

Photos 1 - 16 are sewn cords.
1. Frayed fabric twisted then sewn
2. Pink chunky elastic cord with contrast light green thread
3. Green wool dyed by me and deep pink knitting cotton
4. Tights
5. Pink satin ribbon
6. Hemp jewellery cord oversewn with two colours of thread

7. 2 colours of raffia with bright green and deep pink thread
8. Fabric strips wrapped around a hemp core
9. Ribbon
10. Thick cotton oversewn with layers of thread

11. Sparkly green tape (dyed by me) with pale pink ribbon - one of my favourites
12. White and pink knitting cotton with two contrasting cotton threads oversewn
13. Green wool, stranded cotton and cotton perle, oversewn with deep pink thread

14. As 12 but with pink thread
15. Chenille thread
16. Gold elastic

Twisted cords
17. Thicker green knitting wool and dark pink knitting cotton
18. Sparkly green ribbon (dyed by me) with knitting cotton and boucle thread dyed by me

19. Thread dyed green and two types of perle cotton
20. Strips of dyed fabric stitched into lengths
21. Green raffia and gold thread
22. Pink satin cord and green and pink variegated thread
23. Thick wool and variegated knitting ribbon
The last unnumbered picture is my first kumihimo braid