Quite a few years ago I decided I needed to have every colour of DMC stranded cotton. Back then I was stitching other peoples designs and only dabbling with my own. I thought that I had a full set and then DMC added new colours to the range and discontinued others. At that point I decided I didn't need a full set of threads.
So what to do with all these threads, boxes of them? Some I donated to the guild but I still have a lot that I will never use. That is where the two finger tassel comes in. One skein of thread is just the right amount to make a nice little fat tassel. Now you could use three or even four fingers to make the tassel but they get a little thinned the longer they get. You could use a piece of cardboard as a template but this little tutorial is just for fingers.
You will need 1 skein of stranded cotton or the equivalent amount of left over mixed cottons.
A large needle with a big eye, a pair of scissors AND 2 fingers.
Take the paper wrapper off the thread and cut one small (1 round approx.) and one large length(6 rounds approx.)
Then, with your two fingers slightly apart, lay the short thread along you index finger and wrap the main thread until it reaches the thickness you like. This could be all the thread left or just as much as you want.
Slide your fingers out and tie a tight knot with the short thread.
Take the longer thread and make a slip knot in one end leaving enough length in the short end to blend in with the tassel. (I had to put my pen through the thread because I couldn't take a photo and hold the tassel with one hand.)
Pull the slip knot tight to make the head of the tassel and then wrap this firmly.
Thread the end of your thread through your needle.
Work you needle under the wrapping thread, working from the direction you finished wrapping. I finished at the bottom so had to work towards the top.
Work your need up and down behind the wrapping threads a number of times finishing with the needle towards to bottom of the tassel. Notice that I work this on an angle and be careful not to pierce the strands of cotton.
Now cut your thread at the length of the tassel and cut that folded thread along the fold. At this point it will look a bit ragged.
Use you scissors to trim it up.
You could use it just like this but I have used that left over thread to make a longer hanger. I threaded it through the top knot and made a secure knot. You could make it fancy by using a twisted thread if you wanted to.
First time I made one of these it took me about 15 minutes, I now have that down to 5 minutes.
Quick and Easy. Uses up my extra threads and this is just right for the zipper pulls on all these bags I have been making.