After trying a few different methods I thought I'd share what worked best for me.
Here is what the finished tassel looks like:
|Contrasting yarn helps show the different parts of the tassel.|
- Cardboard to make a template
Step 1 - Make a template like you see below. Not 100% sure how to describe this little sucker. I started with a 2" x 2" square of card board. I cut 2 slits about a 1/4" from the top on the right and left side. Then I cut a slit in the center of the bottom. Last - a large notch was cut out of the right side about half an inch from the top that extends just past the middle.
Step 2 - cut 2 4" lengths of yarn, set 1 aside and then wrap the other around the top notches of your template.
|This black strand of yarn is going to be loop you use to hang your tassel.|
Keep wrapping and wrapping.
Once you like the amount of strings you've got, stop wrapping.
Step 4 - Secure the top portion of the tassel with the string that was formerly secured between the top 2 slits.
Step 5 - Using the strand that you formerly set aside, wrap around the tassel at the notch and lightly secure it.
Step 6 - slide the tassel off of the cardboard.
Step 7 - Cut the loop at the end of the tassel.
Step 8 - Move the string up the tassel just a bit towards the loop knot to help beef up top portion a bit - trust me, it helps. Then REALLY firmly tie the bottom string.
Begin wrapping the tails around and around the tassel.
And then secure the ends of the string.
Last - knot the end of the top string to create a loop.
You've got a simple tassel...