These lightweight and colourful tassel earrings, with added knot detail, are perfect for summer! They use a knotting technique that you might be familiar with. The box knot or crown knot as it is known in Chinese knotting, was one of the main knot used in making Scoubidou! I was in my early twenties when the craze came back into fashion in the 2000’s so I never actually made any myself. Although its the same knot, the method I’m using is the traditional Chinese variation, which I actually find easier to understand!
You will need:
-4 x 50cm of flat suede or faux suede cord
-2 x beads with large enough holes to get the cord through twice; I’m using these 8mm ceramic beads
-2 x 6mm jump rings
-chain nose pliers
How to make:
1.Take on of the 50cm lengths of cord and thread on a 6mm jump ring. Move the ring to postland.net the middle of the cord, then take both ends through one of the beads. Slide the bead up to the jump ring, making sure both ends of cord are even.
2.To make the knotting easier, we are going to pin it down – if you don’t have a macrame board, use the arm of your sofa or a firm cushion. place the bead jump ring down on the board and seperate the two ends of cord as in the photo below.
3.Take the second 50cm of cord and lay it over the top of bead so they form a cross. Make sure the all the ends of cord are even.
4.Put a pin down through the middle of the cords and middle of the bead to secure them to the board.
5.Now for the knotting! Bring the top cord back on itself, just letting it lie on top of the right hand cord, so you have a loop at the top.
6.Now bring the right hand cord back on itself, over the top of the other cords.
7.Bring the bottom cord back on itself
8.Then bring the left hand cord back on itself, but instead of just letting it rest on top of the other cords, thread it through the loop at the top.
9.Gently begin to tighten the knot by pulling on each end in turn
10.Pulling on the opposite pairs at the same time will help create a neat knot.
11. Repeat steps 5 to 10 another five times, with the knots forming one on top of the other. Once you have a couple of knots, you might need to pull the pin up slightly so you don’t make a knot over the top of it!
12.And you should have something that looks a little like this! Trim the ends – I like to cut them at different lengths (5cm, 6cm, 7cm and 8cm). Be careful not to cut them too short, as they will not hang down properly.
13.Because the cord is lightweight, the ends might want to stick out. If this happens, just pop a tiny blob of glue (superglue or Hypo cement) to where each end comes out of the knot and hold in place until it dries.
14.Open up the loop on a fishhook earring finding and attach ton the jump ring at the top of your tassel.
15.Repeat all steps to create the other earring!
If you have a go at making these knotted tassel earrings, or have any questions feel free to comment below or message me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook! And for even more DIYs and creative inspiration sign up to my monthly email! Happy Making!