Hand-Dyed Tassel Necklace

Apr 22, 2014

This weekend I came across the perfect jewelry project to soften the blow of my post-Easter blues. If you enjoyed Tassel Talk in Jewelry Stringing Spring 2014 and Michelle Mach’s blog post on Ten Ways to Tackle the Tassel Trend, I think this necklace (made for under $15) will tickle your jewelry fancy just as much as it did mine!

This necklace was inspired by a similar necklace by blogger of Oh the Lovely Things,  where you can find step by step instructions for this project.


The process was actually quite simple! After forming all five tassels, at three different lengths, I mixed up three bowls of Rit teal dye. For the darkest, middle tassel I used the most dye with the least amount of water and left it submerged for about 5 minutes. For the inner-most medium dark tassels, I added more water and used less dye. These I let sit for about 30 seconds. After I had dyed the two darkest colors I noticed the thread was picking up the dye very well and feared my lightest colored tassels would be too dark and at that point I wouldn't be able to reverse and make them lighter. So I started out with just a few sprinkles of dye in an ample amount of water, and added more dye until I achieved the color I wanted.


I discovered by default a few tips for stringing the tassels onto the chain. First, I used a small amount of thread to connect a needle  to the chain. After trying to fit this through my first tassel, I discovered the chain caught on the threads of the loop and pulled out a few of my strings. To solve this, I then used a pencil to clear a pathway through the tassel loop so I could easily pull the chain through. This worked wonders and all other tassels slid on seamlessly!


After making this necklace, I am not only hooked on tassels, but loving the idea of using dye. It’s such a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to personalize projects and change up the look of a design. Not to mention you can customize designs for all different seasons and tastes! A fun play on this necklace would be to use a similar technique for earrings: I am loving these tassel bloom hoops from Anthropologie, and could go for a pair of my own!

Enjoy!

Megan Lenhausen

Assistant Editor

Jewelry Stringing and Beadwork magazines


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