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How to make a Tassel

This cross stitch tutorial will show you how to make an embroidery thread tassel.

Material List:

Embroidery Needle

Embroidery Floss

Small Scissors

1.5″ wide Ruler or piece of cardboard  

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Instructions:

Step 1- Wrap embroidery thread around a ruler or piece of card (approx. 1.5” wide) about 20 times. Cut the end of the thread.

(Make a larger tassel by using a wider piece of card/ruler and wrapping more thread around it.)

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Step 2- Cut a second piece of embroidery thread 14” long. Fold in half. Thread the folded end of the second string under the loops, so that there is a loop on one side and two tails on the other side.

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Step 3-  Pull the 2 tails through the loop, and tighten.

Step 4-  Slide the loops off of the ruler or card.

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Step 6-  Cut another piece of white thread (14” long). Make one end of thread into a loop shape, then lay loop on tassel. Wrap the other end tightly around tassel several times. Pass end of thread through loop and gently close loop, making a knot.

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Step 7- Trim tassel ends evenly.

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Step 8-  Your tassel is ready! Thread top threads onto a needle, and attach to your project. 

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How to Stitch a Biscornu

How to Assemble a Biscornu

Material List:

Biscornu Pattern (you can buy this Western theme Biscornu Pattern here)

Aida Cloth or Linen

Embroidery Needle

Embroidery Floss

Fiberfil

2 Beads or Buttons

Stitching Instructions:

1- Complete all stitching on the front and back of the biscornu, both sides must be the same size (ie 59  by 59  stitches or 75 stitches by 75  stitches).

2- Count 2-4 rows from all 4 edges of your finished piece, and backstitch a border around the design. Stitch the same backstitch border on the back piece of you biscornu. This creates your sewing edge for assembling the biscornu.

3- Cut both pieces leaving approximately 1/2″ of fabric from the backstitched sewing line on all sides. Fold back all the edges along the sewing line, and press down with your fingers.

4- Mark the middle of one of the front sides with a pin. Join a corner of the back piece to the middle of the front piece.

5- Make a knot using 2 (two) strands of embroidery floss the same color as your backstitching line. Start sewing the top and bottom of your biscornu together using a whip-stitch. Do this by taking a stitch under one of the backstitched threads on the front piece, then one on the back piece, and so forth, until you have sewn 6 of the 8 sides. You may wish to take a few extra stitches on the corners for stability (and it adds a decorative touch, too).

6- Stop stitching when you have completed all but 2 sides, to leave a hole for stuffing.

7- Stuff the biscornu with Fiberfil.

8- Finish stitching the final 2 sides, securing your thread with a hidden knot.

9- Sew the 2 buttons, one in the center of the front and one on the back, passing the needle through the center of the biscornu to stitch both buttons on with the same length of thread.

Et Voila! You are finished! Enjoy your handiwork 🙂


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How much thread do I need for cross stitch?

QUESTION: How much thread will I need for x-stiching? I want to buy embroidery floss to complete a Tiny Modernist Cross Stitch Pattern, but I don’t know how much to buy.

ANSWER: You can calculate how much embroidery floss you need for your X-STITCH project by using the simple chart below. The numbers are based on 14-count aida cloth (and we design our patterns in 14-count!)

Use these SIMPLE tips for figuring out the correct amount of thread: 

1. Each FULL x-stitch uses about 1/2″ of thread.

2. Stitching with 2 strands x 18″ long = 36 stitches (you will get a total of 108 stitches from every 6-strand length)

3. Stitching with 3 strands x 18″ long = 36 stitches (you will get a total of 72 stitches from every 6-strand length)

I was able to stitch these and still end up with about 3″ of thread LEFT OVER after running my thread under the stitching and snipping it off.

Hopefully this helps with your CROSS STITCH projects!

Questions? Email me: cheryl@tinymodernist.com