So I wanted to ease my way back into the ‘making’ world with something totally superfluous (oh yea fancy word) and fun, like a bohemian inspired tassel necklace.
Lately, I’ve been channeling my self-entitled bohemian goth look. It’s a little bit 60s Stevie Nicks, little bit modern minimalist, and mostly black with lots of texture.
When it comes to experimenting with styles, I do believe in small doses, just like this. If you’re really digging the bohemian trend going around, this is a nice way to incorporate it into a basic outfit.
Making this necklace is actually pretty straight forward. It just takes a bit of time to do the weaving, but it’s a good mindless activity, so it’s great for a couple of nights on the couch after work.
Let’s get started…
1 | Gather your supplies. I did everything all black but feel free to switch up the colors here! Choose an embroidery floss color you want to use for the tassel portion of your necklace. Make sure to grab a few just so you can make it thicker if you want. The wax cording makes up the actual necklace portion.
The glass beads can also be the color, texture, and size of your choice. Just make sure the openings are large enough for the waxed string you want to use. You don’t need the extra credit items, but they help make things easier or add character to your piece. I used a Hamsa Hand charm on mine.
2 | Measure your necklace. This took me a while to figure out, but I figured out a trick! First use a piece of string to measure how long you want your necklace all the way around, also add a several extra inches. Then cut this piece in half.
Once you have your two short pieces, multiple the length of one by six. Then cut two more pieces at this longer length. So if you want your necklace to be 20″ long all the way around, cut one 20″ string, then in half. Then cut two more each at 120″. You’ll have a total of four strings – two short and two really long.
3 | Attach your strings. First take one of the longer pieces of string, and a mid-size jump ring (not the biggest). Then fold your string in half and attach it to the jump ring using a mounting knot. Then take one of the shorter strings and just use a basic knot to tie it in the middle of the mounting knot. It’s ok if extra string sticks out of the top of the knot (we can cut it later).
Then using a safety pin and tape secure the jump ring to a sturdy location so you can get to weaving. I also attached the middle string to another safety pin and pinned it to myself to keep it taught and easier to weave around.
4 | Start weaving! Ok, remember those friendship bracelets we used to make? Well this is a glorified grown-up version. Now, I used the square knot for this necklace, but really even a simple knot looks cool too. I can’t find any good resources for how to tie a square knot, so I made a little gif for you, because a) black string is hard to see b) gifs are fun. Click here for the Square Knot Instruction Gif.
5 | Add the glass beads. You can add any kind of decorative bead or charms you like along the way. I added black glass beads to give it interest. Just use the middle piece of string to add the bead. Then tie a square knot below each one to secure it. I added three beads every 2″ on mine.
6 | Repeat on the other side. Once you’ve woven your brains out, time to do it again – whoohoo! This is why I said it’s best to do this when you’re filling time. Repeat all steps 3 – 5 with the remaining two strings – one long and one shorter.
7 | Fasten the finished sides together. When you’ve finished weaving your strings to the length you’d like, use the extra string to tie a regular knot at the end to secure. Then trim the extra string off and off the middle strings at the jump ring.
8 | Make the tassel. Onto the tassel! Grab a large jump ring and the embroidery floss. First remove the bindings around the floss, and keep it rolled up. Add more rolls to get your desired thickness. Then string all of the floss through the large jump ring.
Wrap the string over the ring and make sure it’s even on both sides. Then use an extra piece to tie a knot around the top area. making sure it’s secure. Now trim the bottom of your tassel to your desired length making sure all the loops are cut through.
9 | Attach charms and tassel. Using the small jump rings and the pliers (or your fingers) attach a couple jump rings to your charm – at the top and bottom. Then attach your weaving portion to the top ring and the tassel to the bottom ring.
Viola! See no problem. It’s a lot of information, but I promise it’s really easy once you’re doing it.
Plus I love how you can totally customize this look. Try white cotton with turquoise, or gold with a leather tassel instead! I finished mine in a couple days after work and I just love the result. It makes me want to learn how to make more kinds of jewelry.