Tassels made to match one's gowns are costly. They can, however, be made very inexpensively at home.
One of the simplest forms of tassel is made from an eighth of a yard of braid-fringe (Fig. 1). A piece of narrow Russian braid, about three inches long and of the same colour, is sewn on to one end of this to make the loop. The fringe is then rolled round and round, and firmly sewn. The braid on which the fringe is made forms the head of the tassel, which is covered with a little piece of dull gold furniture galon. This is drawn together slightly at the top
To cover this head make about four knots close together at one end of a piece of narrow Russian braid. Sew this on round the base. Then continue to stitch the plain braid round the mould until you arrive at the top, where four more knots are tied in the braid and stitched in place.
A very handsome and effective tassel for a cloak is seen in Fig. 3. Gold beads that give the effect of cords are used for it, and a small one will need half of a bunch, about is. 3d. The beads can be left on their original threads, which should be affixed to a gold cord used for the loop. This is passed pretty tassel for a cloak, made of gold beads that give the effect of cords. Fig. 4. An original and smart tassel, made of Russian braid to match the colour of the gown on which it will be worn. Each strand terminates in a little gold tassel and bottom, and finished with a piece of the Russian braid rather closely knotted.
Fig. I. A simple form of tassel, made of braid fringe, with a piece of dull gold furniture galon and Russian braid to form the top.
Another easily made tassel (Fig. 2) may be composed of a silk fringe; or some knitting silk can be wound round a couple of post-cards, and the silk tied at one end and cut at the other. This is sewn securely on to a loop of Russian braid to match. The head of this tassel is contrived from a couple of very rounded wooden button-moulds, put together and covered with thin muslin to keep them in place. The muslin must be pierced with a stiletto, so that the braid loop can be passed up through the holes in the buttons, and brought out at the top.
Through the centre of the button-moulds of which the top is composed. A simple and easy method of ornamenting this top is to cover it with a tiny piece of fancy gold and silver braid.
In Fig. 4 will be found a most original and smart tassel for a cloak or a gown, for either day or evening wear. Strands of narrow Russian braid to match the gown with which it is to be worn are employed in the making of it, each strand finished with a little gold tassel. The top is covered with ordinary narrow gold braid, closely knotted, and then sewn round and round. This gives it a heavy, massive look that is very rich in effect.
Fig. 5. A tassel for an evening gown, made of silver bead fringe. Strings of bugles and silver beads are added on the outside. The top is of an original and charming design. Fig. 6. Some of the newest tassels are very long, and this one, 8 inches in length, is made of small beads to match the gown, either day or evening, with which it is worn
For the little gold tassels it is best to buy a large reel of gold thread at 1s. 3d. Cut off a dozen pieces of the Russian braid just under eight inches long. Have ready two pieces of card one inch and a half in depth. Place one end of the braid between the cards, and then wind the gold thread round and round, eight times on one side of the cards and eight on the other. This will bring the braid into the centre of the head of the little tassel in process of formation.
Before beginning to wind, a piece of the gold thread must be placed between the cards near the top of the tassel, and, when the winding is done, this is tied tightly at the top, but not cut. Pass the scissors between the cards at the lower edge, and cut the threads. Then wind the gold thread round again a little below the top of the tassel to form the head and keep the braid more secure. Make a similar tassel at the other end of the piece of Russian braid, and at each end of all the other pieces. Then catch all the pieces together, so that the tassels hang at different lengths, and sew them on to the muslin which covers the head of the tassel. After this sew on the knotted gold braid as described..
Very pretty tassels for evening gowns can be composed of gold, silver, or coloured bead fringes. Roll this round and round as scribed for the first tassel. Then on the outside put some strands with a bugle and two silver beads threaded alternately. To hide the braid on which the fringe is made, and make a head for the tassel, stitch on some bugles closely. At the top of the tassel should be a row of the silver beads, with a pearl in the centre and a loop of beads.
A loop tassel is one of the quickest ways of finishing the ends of a sash, or stole, on an evening gown, as the beads need not be taken off the threads on which they are bunched. Four strands are sewn on just as they are, after being tied together. Two are taken across to the opposite end, and allowed to fall loose between, and two are made into loops, one at each end. A large pearl is used to finish each end at the top.
Some of the newest tassels are very long and narrow, the fringe part being eight inches or more in depth (Fig. 6), and look charming made of beads to match the gown. They cost very little to make, as the beads for them are not expensive. A machine silk is the best thing for threading these. One bead should be tied on, then thread three beads. Then return the needle through all except the last one to be put on the thread, and continue threading. Count the beads, so as to be sure to get all the strands the same length. Tie the strands together, and fix them to the head of the tassel. Sew strands of beads over this to cover it.