Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tatted Ring Scissor Tassel

I wonder if all tatters throw out as much thread as I do?

The problem is that very few patterns tell you how much thread is required and, because joining mid pattern can be fiddly I always over guess how much thread I need.

So.......what do we tatters do with the small amounts of thread we are left with? We tatt butterflies....lots and lots of butterflies.

Here us another way to use up the thread -  make tassels.

I used Lizbeth 20

I use them on greeting cards (especially Oriental ones), on felt hanging hearts and as scissor embellishments. You could also add them to earrings and bag charms

1.  Leaving a 12" tail, tatt a ring (I did 20 x DS), cut the thread, leaving another 12" tail.
Close the ring leaving about 1/2" of thread showing

2. Wind thread around a card slightly larger than you want the finished tassel to be

3. Cut the thread and, holding it tightly, pass it through the tatted ring

4. Fold the cut threads over and close the ring tightly, then knot the long ends underneath (where the ring closes)

5. Thread a needle with one of the longer ends and wrap around the tassel approximatel 8 times, taking the needle through the top loops a couple of times to secure

6. Take the needle through, from top to bottom

7.  Give the tassel a haircut....that's it

To make a scissor tassel

1. Pass the thread through one of the handles

2.  Make a ring leaving a gap as above 

Then repeat steps 2-6 as above


 These are easy and fun to make and, best if all, empty those shuttles!
alternatively you could needle tatt them

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Paper Birds Handpainted and German Glass Glitter

I love my Sizzix bird die......I think this one is discontinued,  but others are available

These little birdies are such fun to make and there are endless ways you can add your own style. A great way to use up scraps of paper or fabric ( I did an earlier post with felt birds)

I handpainted these with DecoArt Americana Paint. I don't really do painting tiny but I  had a try anyway using really small brushes

I sprinkled some German Glass Glitter over is made from crushed glass dipped in silver and gives a lovelysparkle. Because it is glass it should not be used for children 

These would look nice on the Christmas tree

and sometimes simple looks just as good 

Time to fly......

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