are great fun to make on the knitting machine and are so quick and easy. I hang
them all over our house, on hooks and handles on doors, on furniture, and with a
long cord tied in a special knot as a tieback.
I have developed a way of making tassels on the knitting machine using some of
my huge stash of machine knitting yarns that I have acquired over more than 20
years of machine knitting.
The type I have concentrated on are those constructed on a wooden form and all 4
parts - the skirt, hanging cord, ruff and covering the wooden form involve the
use of the knitting machine in some way.
use almost every type of yarn, and most are successful - even yarns that are not
suitable for knitting, like those that twist badly, are shaded through the cone
or have endless knots! I tend to choose the yarns by colour rather than type,
and of course I try not to have to buy any more! My
yarn shelves are full! It's easy to
co-ordinate the tassel with the colours in your room. You can use one yarn on
it's own or use twenty or more within one tassel
Erica's Tassel Kit
A complete kit to make tassels on your knitting machine,
click here for details.
some tassels made during Erica's one day Tassel Workshop at Undy Yarns in
November 2000, click here.
Traditionally, to cover the wooden forms, they are wrapped with "gimp".
This is available from Texere Yarns (Bradford UK) in a wide choice of solid colours, both in 14
metre skeins and 140 metre cones.
Space dyed gimp in 10 metre skeins is available from
Stef Francis (Devon
UK) in a fantastic range of colours.