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A Jaunty Tassel

Remember the knotted friendship bracelets of summer camp? This grown-up version uses lengths of special yarn for a charming ornament. Embrace a creative, whimsical approach and customize freely!

Anne Merrow Jul 19, 2023 - 7 min read

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Anne’s souvenir tassel (right) and one she created for our ornament series. Photos by Katrina King

The Twelve Months of Ornaments, created by our own PieceWork team members, is our way of saying thank you to our All Access subscribers for being such valued members of our community. Each monthly seasonal ornament pattern will let you enjoy needle-crafting with us all year. Relax, try a new craft, or savor a familiar craft in quick-to-accomplish projects that are a pleasure to make. It has been so much fun for us at Long Thread Media to work together on these ornaments, and we hope you’ll share your finished pieces using #pieceworkmagazine. We can’t wait to see them!

Inspired by the traditional macramé techniques of Weldon’s Practical Macramé and a souvenir from the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, this project is a chance to enjoy favorite yarns in a new way.


  • Smooth yarn, at least 5 colors, at least 10 yd each (Shown here: silk, wool, and wool-blend yarns from Lisa Souza Knits
  • Tassel maker or 3" square of cardboard
  • Tapestry needle
  • Sewing needle
  • Size 6° seed beads
  • Strong sewing thread to match beads
  • Large safety pin or kilt pin

Note: For the knotted portion of the ornament, choose 5 DK- or worsted-weight yarns of about the same grist, or diameter.

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