June 25, 2009

Fun & funky tassels… and you can win one!!

Embrasse-Houles-Ebony It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for Julia’s Hooked on Fridays blog party!! :-) It also means the weekend is here… WEEEHOOO!!!

I have a blogger buddy, Angela. She has a blog called Angela’s Peony Patch. A few months ago at the start of the NCAA basketball tournament, I discovered that Angela was cheering for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Oh no… this wasn’t good. I’ve been a Duke fan since the early ‘90s, and NC and Duke fans just can’t be friends. It’s a rule of the Universe. Bad things will happen. Stars will fall out of the sky and planets will spin in the wrong direction and freaky stuff like that. But luckily, we both love Tostitos with a Hint of Lime, so that balances things out and all is still right with the Universe :-)

Angela has a fun and interesting hobby — she creates tassels. Before I “met” Angela, I thought a tassel was just something you used to dress up your curtains or cushions, or that flop around on a loafer. But no, tassels are much more fun and creative than that!! And that’s why this week, I’m hooked on fun & funky tassels :-) And there’s one tassel in particular that I’m really hooked on… and you can win it!!

But first, some Tassel 101

The word tassel comes from the Latin tassau, meaning a clasp. A tassel is defined as “a finishing feature in fabric decoration”.

The three parts of a tassel are:

  • Suspending cord
  • Body, usually made up of one or more moulds
  • A skirt of fringe or other ornaments

Tassels were originally created when the end of a cord was tied into a knot to prevent unraveling. As time went by, people came up with variations on this idea.

In the 16th century, the first Guild of Passementiers was created in France. A seven-year apprenticeship was required in order to become a master of one of the subdivisions of the guild. The guild made tassels primarily, but also fringes, ornamental cords, galloons, pompoms, rosettes, and gimps. (I have no idea what a galloon is — if you don’t either, you can find out what it is at Wikipedia.)

Tassels and their associated forms changed style throughout the years, from the small and casual designs during the Renaissance, through the medium-sized and more staid designs of the Empire period, to the Victorian Era with the largest and most elaborate tassels. Today, tassels come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and styles, and are used as ornaments all around the world…

tassel_souk jane thornley

Declercq is a French company that makes elegant & beautiful tassels and trim…

declercq aziyade 1 declercq aziyade 2 declercq il palio

 declercq corail declercq leo declercq metrolpolis

 declercq opium declercq palazzo ducale declercq diademe

 declercq gran canal declercq palais dhiver declercq vienna

Traditional tassels…

tassels touch of class

Tassel trim

tassels trim by design

Beaded tassels…

tassel decorating studio tassel gray cat ornaments tassel home and we

 tassel lartisana tassel turtle soup beads

 tassel jewellery to love

A heart-shaped sachet tassel…

tassel salt spring lavender

Beachy tassels (the first one was made by Sarah at A Beach Cottage)…

tassel a beach cottage tassel trade india tassels shells kaccents

Tassels can dress up a purse

tassel migdale-purple

tassel purse splendicity

…and an Arabian horse

tassels horse arabian horses legacy

A tassel dress jewelry stand

tasseldress dynamic jewelry stands

And Spanish dancer tassel…

Blossom Tassel Spanish dancer

There’s even a flower that looks like a tassel, the Tassel Hyacinth

And I have to include boob tassels!!

tassel boobs my delilah burlesque

Check out Elvira Mistress of the Dark doing some seriously impressive boob tassel twirling… (is it just me, or is she missing a bellybutton??)

Whew!! And on THAT note…. here are Angela’s tassels!!

angela rainbow of color tassel 2As you can see from the pictures, Angela’s tassels are colourful and fun and funky and unique :-) Angela took some time out from her tassel-making to answer my questions about her tassels…

How did you first get interested in making tassels?

I first got interested in tassels when I purchased one about a year ago. It wasn't until my mom saw my excitement over my new purchase and exclaimed that I was quite capable of making them myself that my wheels started turning.

Did you take a class to learn how to make tassels, or did you learn on your own?

angela ooo la la tassel 2

I laid in bed for a few weeks coming up with ideas of how to create a beautiful yet sturdy and affordable way to make a tassel. Those original thought processes have definitely taken several turns since I started!

On average, how long does it take you to make a tassel?

On average, a tassel takes me almost an hour to make. This is from point A of picking out the materials to point B - the finished product.

Where do you get ideas/inspiration for your tassel designs?

My imagination goes into overdrive when I am shopping and find very pretty fringes, ribbons, and/or 'toppers'. Any one of these items can be the inspiration for my next tassel!

Can you give a brief description of the tassel-making process.

angela pink n green tasselWhen I start the tassel making process, I must first decide what kind of tassel I am in the mood to create - fun, colorful, whimsical, elegant, rustic, country, etc. Once I decide on this, I pick something that inspires me (either ribbons, fringes, and/or topper). I pick out all of the materials that I think coordinate best, and then I start creating. I never know what a finished tassel is going to look like when I start it. The tassel evolves on its own as I create it. Once I finish a tassel, I make sure to show it off to my husband, and he knows to say it's the most beautiful I've created so far! ;)

Great Brewster What's your favourite tassel that you've made?

My very most favorite tassel is Great Brewster Tassel. I love the ocean, and this tassel fits in perfectly with beach decor. I put it for sale in my Etsy shop for one day before I realized that I truly did not want to part with it.

What's the most unique tassel you've made?

I'd like to think that each of my tassels is the most unique, but I know that's not exactly the case. I'll have to think about this!

Where are some places people can hang tassels?

Goodness, tassels can hang anywhere!! Lamp switches, knobs of ANY kind - china cabinets, doors, armoires, etc., candlesticks, keyholes, chair backs, curtain rods, drawer pulls, anywhere! A tassel can truly hang around any item that you want to give a special touch!

angela fun with colorWhat appeals to you most about tassels?

Crazy yet beautiful color combinations. Creating tassels has completely broaden my horizons of pairing colors, textures, fabrics, and designs together!

Do you make custom tassels?

Absolutely! Custom tassels make up about 25% of my sales. Sometimes, people have a specific spot where they want to put something special, but they can't seem to find that "something" in a store. That's where I come in. I use pictures of your room, color specifications, fabrics, and/or your ideas to create a tassel will look just perfect in your space!

Thank you, Angela!!

How cute would this tassel that Angela made be for a dog lover…

angela beagle tassel

And this bright & cheery one for a frog lover!!

angela im a goodlookin frog tassel

But if you’re more into purple & silver & sparkly & glam, then we’ve got the perfect tassel for you!! Angela graciously offered to make a custom-designed, one-of-a-kind DesignTies tassel to give away to one of our blog guests :-) She used beautiful purple and gray shimmery ribbons, an antiqued silver topper, and a few purple jewels. Victoria has dubbed it Fleur de Glam

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A close-up of the topper & jewels

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And a couple of close-ups of the beautiful shimmery ribbons… the gray ribbon even has silver beading

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How can you win??

Just visit Angela’s Etsy shop The Tassel House, and then come back here and leave a comment telling us which one of Angela’s tassels is your favourite. Can’t get much easier than that!! Anyone can enter no matter where you live. You have until next Thursday to enter (July 2nd), and we’ll announce the winner in next week’s Hooked on Fridays post.

Good luck!!

soap Speaking of giveaways (we do a lot of that around here!!), the winner of the handmade soap from Ucluelet is… still a mystery because Victoria hasn’t given me the name of the winner yet!! V, get your butt in gear and pick a name!!

And… Tiaa at Exclusively Yours Interiors is giving away a rug. You have until June 30th to enter. Go now!! And then go back to Hooked on Houses and keep the blog party rolling!! :-)

Oh, and incidentally — North Carolina won the NCAA tournament. Duke choked, as usual. That’s it, I’m cheering for North Carolina now — GO ‘HEELS!!


A Note from Victoria

I’ve just returned from class and I’m zonked!

My plan is to make the draw later tomorrow (Friday), notifying the winner right away via e-mail… then I’ll feature the draw winner in a post I’ll publish on Sunday. I know… everyone is waiting with baited breath to find out who the winner of the unique handmade soap is!! BUT ~~ I figure that if waiting a few days to post the good news means that Kelly’s fantastic tassel post (her posts are always FAB!) and, of course, Angela’s beautiful tassels get all the attention they deserve… than it’s worth the wait!! :-)

Come back to DesignTies on Sunday for a visit!!


Dumbwit Tellher said...

Hi Kelly: Absolute tassel mania! My mind is exploding. If only I had the "equipment" to support those lovely heart ones..ha..ha!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Kelly ~ I like the pink & green tassel, which I may just go back over there tomorrow and order (my colors, you know)! I should have known a tassel you have in a giveaway would have purple! It is beautiful, BTW.

I am a tassel fiend myself - I have them all over the house. Besides on drawer handles, lamps, my computer armoire knob, I put them on my kitchen/dining room chairs - so many uses for them.

Nancy said...

Informative article on tassels. Thanks!

maya | springtree road said...

wow! what a great post! i had no idea about tassels. and i had no idea that elvira was so talented.

i would have to say that the turquoise bird tassel is my fave. i love birds and you just can't beat that color combination!

abeachcottage said...

great post, mine looks a bit pathetic compared to the others, haha! thanks for linking

went to the shop, wow she is hot, I like the Moet one

cheers and happy weekend


Cemaya said...

Lovely! Passementerie is so underrated and needs the attention. Tassels and trimmings are necessary, right? :)

daily decorator said...

Those coral tassels are fab!~Tracy

Gayle said...

I think my favorite is Angela's Rainbow of Color tassel. They are all so pretty, it was hard to choose!

Maya said...

Any kind of beachy tassel gets my vote..., and oh, now I'm an expert (thanks to you)! And I think they are quite artistic.

Claudia said...

OOOh how darling!

I really like the lady bug tassel, but admit it was very hard to select ONE.

Love the post!!

Sharon said...

Am gonna go with my fav color scheme, the glam tassel is rad!
But seriously, thanks for putting this post together:)

Jasmine @ The Suburban Sentiment said...

Kelly, your posts are so comprehensive; very impressive. I feel like a tassel afficionado now. :-)

Tassels have such a rich look to them, and the texture is amazing. Adore the red tassel.

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

How fun to see Angela here on your blog! She's great, and I love her tassels. Hard to choose a favorite, but I really am digging the turquoise bird one. So cute!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Kelly ~

Anonymous said...

Too much fun! I think the Turquoise Bird Tassel is so cute.

Still Learning said...

Hi, I really like the golden pomegranate tassel. All of them are pretty, how very nice to have a giveaway for one.

Thank you.

Tom Erdman said...

You have to be exhausted from all of the research to put this together. Thanks for all of the effort. And, thanks for stopping by. I've been really busy and have been neglecting my blogging duties.

amariaf2000 said...

I have been enlightened this day! All of your research - whew - mercy, girl! I think I want to be a woman of the Guild of Passementier! :-)
This is such an honor - words really can't express - THANK YOU!
~angela @ peonypatch

Anonymous said...

WOW another giveaway !!! Am I a lucky duck or what to have found your blog lol

How talented is Angela?? I just love tassels, I had no idea they were so popular Nancy @ Southern Lady turned me on to them :)

I have to say I love Angela's primitive cool !!

Thanks again Victoria..

All the best,
Kathy :)

Outside The Lines said...

Wow! Tassel heaven!!

Sarah @ Designing Woman said...

Kelly, what a gorgeous post! I just love all those sparkly, colourful, dangly tassels! I'm such a girly girl. The coral shaped one is really neat, but can you imagine sitting against a toss cushion with that tassel on it? Ouch!

I think the "boob tassels" are "pasties". Which makes me think of paste = glue = glued to nipples = OUCH! = not going to happen!

mrsben said...

Is Elvira still alive? (She has to be up in years! If that was a recent video, you won't convince me that she hasn't been nipped 'n tucked...ha, ha.)

Beautiful examples of tassles Kelly! LOVE Angela's creations too.

(When assisting my eldest sister to decorate her apartment we needed something to add a touch of glam to her draperies. Fortunately I hauled out two large tassles that were actually Xmas Tree Ornaments which served the purpose to hang on each end of the rod. Perrrrrfection! They were also just the right scale and provided an extra sparkle of elegance.) -Brenda-

Daly Essentials said...

ohh thanks for the tassel education!! I love hint of lime tostitos too! Aren't they amazing!??!

Maria Killam said...

The tassels on that horse were fabulous! Wow.

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

All her tassels are pretty but I like the Black Birdhouse Tassel best!


Nancy said...

What a Informative post, I just loved it!! I like the Rainbow of Color Tassel. They are all so unique. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!


susan said...

I love your doing an interview with Angela and all he "tassel trivia"--especially Elvira. I hope I'll win the Petite tassel--love the colors and have the PERFECT spot! Looking forward to Rewind Wed. also! Thanks for the post!

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