Wednesday, July 15, 2015

How to Make a Beaded Cap and Leather Tassel

Leather fringes and tassels are hot this season!! I am not quite ready to don anything with fringes but I would love to wear a simple yet trendy leather tassel necklace.

List of Materials:
Leather fringe
Five 4mm rose montees
Size 8/0 and 11/0 seed beads 
One 2-in head pin (preferable 24 gauge)
Any 6mm bead
Fireline size D
Two size 10 needles
Super glue and a clip

Techniques: Two-needle right angle weave and circular netting

I got this pack from Hobby Lobby.

There are two flat sheets of leather fringes per pack.

Roll the top of the leather sheet  tightly. A couple dots of Super NEW GLUE are added on the top edge of the leather.  Clip the top until the glue is dried.  

Step 1: In the meantime, begin with about 24 inches of Fireline, thread a needle on each end. Pass needles across the X of a montee in oposite directions (cross weave). Slide the montee to the middle of thread.

Step 2: Pick up an 11/0 with each needle. Pick up a montee, cross weave through the X. Repeat this step until a total of 5 montees are added.

Step 3: Close the circle by cross weaving through the first montee.

Step 4: Slide the circle on the top of the tassel. One needle will be used at a time from this point on, use the other thread to keep the tension tight. With thread exiting an 11/0 in the circle, pick up three 11/0. Pass through the next 11/0. Repeat this step until all 5 montees have a loop of 3 seed beads on top. After picking up the last three 11/0's, pass the thread through the first 11/0 of the circle. Move needle through the first and second 11/0's of the first loop.

Step 5: Pick up an 8/0, pass through the second 11/0 of the next loop. Repeat this step until a total of five 8/0's are added. After the last 8/0 is picked up, pass thread through the second 11/0 of the first loop. Pass thread through the first 8/0, pick up an 11/0 then pass through an 8/0. Repeat this step until a total of five 11/0's are added. Pass thread through all 11/0's and 8/0's a couple more times. Pull tight to close the top of the cap. Tie half hitch knots in between the beads. Trim the extra thread.

Step 6: Use the other needle. Repeat steps 1 - 5 for the bottom part of the cap. For the last row, instead of adding one 11/0, add two 11/0's.

Step 7: Making a wire loop for the tassel - Slide an 8/0 into the head pin as a stop bead. Insert the head pin. 

Add in a 6mm bead of your choice to cover the top part of the tassel. Make a wrapped loop.

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