This weekend was all about tassels. I finished my last pair of mittens and wanted to add laces and tassels to them. Many old mittens have mitten laces and tassels and while with laces it was easy to tie the mittens together and maybe hang them to dry, tassels must have been a mere decoration ... Really? Has that been the only function?
stop was Wikipedia. The article
starts off with Bible verses and further reading reveals this:
Middle East, tassels were worn as talismans, especially on headwear. In Egypt,
Mesopotamia, and throughout the Arab world tassels were worn by children on
hoods or caps to protect them from malevolent spirits and ward off demons."
There is just a
little bit of information there but it does sparkle one's imagination and makes
one want to learn more.
ago I bought a beautiful book called "Tassel Making" by Anna
Crutchley. There is more of the history of tassels and instructions to make
elaborate and magnificent tassels but I have concentrated on page 52 and the
instructions for a "soft tassel". I have been making a simple one made
of wool yarn to embellish the mittens. I have made many over the weekend, and
as always there was frustration, starting over and in the end a few
tassels. I am not quite there yet, I would like to be in charge, and have
control over the process and know exactly what my hands are doing and that
their performance would produce every time a perfect, soft wool tassel. I would
love to know the best knot and the best way to hide the ends so
that the tassel would not unravel, as there really is more to a good tassel
than I thought when I started this tassel trip.
When I cast
off the mittens and decided to add this little ornament to them, little did I
know that I could spend a whole Sunday (it was raining hard) reading and making of the tassel and yet not be totally done. Simple 2-ply wool yarn can be
so many different things.
It was cold
night, and after all that rain yesterday, we have a misty morning, the colors
are so very soft as they peek through the grey curtain.
you for the interest in the baby hat. I love that little hat too, and will
write the pattern at some point, but at the moment I think that it might not be
finished yet, as if there is something to add to it. I am not sure, I have
to wait a bit to see if it is done as it is or if it still needs something ...