Beaded tassels

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Liven up a tassel with a peyote-stitched beaded tassel cover. It's a great way for beginners to learn peyote while following a pattern, but it also encourages experimenting with different finishing techniques.

The tassels stand alone as ornaments to hang on a drawer knob or make a great fob for your favorite pair of embroidery scissors. Try different fibers for the tassel-rayon, silk, metallic thread. So many possibilities exist.

Follow the pattern for a peyote band. Zip up the beadwork and add loops or fringe to each end. Make a tassel with a beaded loop for hanging. Slide the tassel through the beaded tube and stitch it in place.

PEYOTE TUBE

O Arrange the Japanese cylinder beads by color into three small piles on your beading surface. Assign each color a letter (A, B, C).

© Cut a 2-yd. (1.8m) length of beading thread. String a stop bead 8 in. (20cm) from the end of the thread and go through the bead again in the same direction. The stop bead will prevent your beads from falling off until you have completed several rows of peyote. © String eight seed beads in the following order: A, A, B, B, C, C, A, A (rows 1 and 2). Following the diagonal stripe pattern below, work in even-count peyote (see "Basics," p. 5) for 36 rows, making a total of six diagonals for each color-18 beads on each end. © Remove the stop bead. Fold the beadwork in half so the first and last rows are side by side and "zip up" the ends (see "Basics" and photo a). Set aside the thread and needle. © Thread a needle on the 8 in. tail. Pass the needle down through the bead from which the thread you set aside in step 4 exits and secure these last two beads (photo b). Tie a half-hitch knot (see "Basics") between the beads and weave the tail back and forth through the beadwork several times

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to secure it. Trim the tail as close to the beads as possible.

LOOPS AND FRINGE

Three different techniques were used to embellish the top and bottom of the tassels (see photo, p. 82). The bottom of the blue tassel and the top of the red and black tassels are densely packed loops. The top of the blue tassel and the bottom of the black tassel are simple loops. The bottom of the red tassel has fringe that ends with a drop bead. For each technique described, string beads the same color as the peyote bead from which the thread exits. If your thread is getting short, end it and start a new thread.

SIMPLE LOOPS

O For top loops, string six beads on the remaining thread and go down through the third bead to the right— the same color bead (photo c). © Bring the needle up through the first bead to the left (photo d). Repeat all the way around the top edge of the peyote tube. As you begin each loop, keep the thread in front of the previous loop.

© For bottom simple loops, string 24 beads for each loop.

DENSELY PACKED LOOPS

O for top loops, string six beads and go down through the third bead to the right (same color) and the bead diagonally to the left below it (photo e). © Pass through the bead to the left and diagonally through the bead above so your needle is coming out the end bead next to the beginning of the loop (photo f). As you add beads for a new loop, keep the start of each loop in

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center of the skein with a square knot (see "Basics" and photo j). © String a crimp bead and 24 beads on a 10-in. (25cm) length of flexible beading wire and go back through the crimp bead. String 72 beads, go back through the crimp bead, and pass each tail through a few more beads (photo k).

© Crimp the crimp bead (see "Basics") and trim the tails. © Slide the tied bundle of floss through the small beaded loop. Center the floss in the loop and fold it so the knot is hidden in the fold. Pull the large loop up through the beaded tassel cover (photo I). About h in. (1.3cm) of floss should show above the tassel cover. © Thread a needle and secure the tassel cover to the tassel by passing the needle back and forth through the peyote tube and tassel (photo m).

front of the previous loop (photo g). When you reach where the loops started, end the new loop behind the loop to the right (photo h). © For bottom dense loops, string 12 beads for each loop.

FRINGE

O String 12 beads and a small drop bead. Skip the drop and go back up through the fringe beads. Reenter the end bead of the peyote tube that you exited (photo i).

© Bring the needle down through the next end bead and repeat step 1.

TASSEL

O Remove the paper bands from the skein of floss. Cut a 12-in. (31cm) length of floss from the skein. 0 Leaving the skein of floss intact, tie the cut length of floss around the

Hide the thread between the beads and repeat until the tassel cover stays in place.

Q Wrap a strip of paper around the bottom of the tassel and use it as a guide to trim the floss evenly. - JuneHuber

MATERIALS

• 3g size 11" Japanese cylinder beads, each of three colors

• skein of embroidery floss

• Nymo B beading thread or Fireline fishing line, 6-ltx test

• beeswax or Thread Heaven for Nymo Tools: crimping pliers

Optional: 18 3mm beads or small drops

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  • DANIEL
    How do you make a beaded branch fringe tassel for a bead crochet necklace?
    3 years ago
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    How to peyote stitch a tassel?
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