Leather Tassel Instructions
1 - Check you have everything in your Leather Tassel:
- Pre-cut and Punched Leather Pieces
- 1 x Canvas Cloth for burnishing & protecting
- 1 x Binder Clips to help you stitch
- 2 x Colours of Handmade Waxed Thread
- 2 x Sewing Needles
You will also need:
- Small pair of scissors
- A little pot of water
- Your quality time, ½ - 1 hour
2 - Measure the Thread
Your Leather Tassel has 3 stitching sections, so you will need to cut 2 x 35cm and 1x 50cm lengths of thread. Start by choosing the thread colour that you would like to stitch with, then measure and cut the pieces of wax thread.
3 - Thread the Needle
A. Thread the eye of the needle with the 35cm piece of thread.
B. Pull through 6-8cm of thread and then pierce the thread.
C. Pierce the thread again at 1cm distance along the long piece of thread.
D. Holding the needle tip, pull down the entire thread. This is called locking the needle.
Your kit includes a Leathercraft Basics instructions guide. Please refer to the Threading the Needle section for further diagrams and instructions.
4 - Fold and Clip
Fold the piece as shown, lining up the holes using one of the included needles and then clipping it in place with the binder clips. Use the canvas cloth to protect the leather.
5 - Start Stitch
Pull the thread through both holes leaving a 10 cm thread
6 - Secure Stitch
Pull thread through both holes creating a secured lock 4 times, You thread should lead out the same side as you came in.
7 - Tie and Cut
Tie the thread 3 times and cut off excess.
8 - Clip Piece
Align the piece as shown, lining up the holes using one of the included needles and then clipping it in place with the binder clips. Use the canvas cloth to protect the leather.
9 - Start Stitch
Pull the thread through both holes leaving a 10 cm thread.
10 - Secure Stitch
Pull thread through both holes creating a secured lock 3 times. Your thread should come out on the same side as you came in.
11 - Tie and Cut
Tie the thread three times and cut off excess.
12 - Wrap Tassel
Take your tassel piece and wrap it evenly around the handle. You want to make sure the holes are kept inline!
Use your needle to keep the pieces aligned, Move the needle backwards and forwards to allow for an easy wrap!
13 - Start Stitch
With your 50cm length of thread. Come up from under the top layer to begin, you will need to leave a 10 cm thread.
14 - Stitch
Take your needle and enter back into the hole you have just come out, this will bring the thread to the top of the tassel. You will need to be careful to make sure you go through all layers to ensure a secured stitch. Go back through into the next available hole and bring the needle back through. Repeat this step 3 times.
15 - Secure Stitch
Repeat step 14 and loop your thread round 1 more time. While bringing your thread through, poke your needle out under the top layer of the tassel to meet your starting thread.
16 - Tie and Cut
Give both threads a firm pull to ensure a tight hold. Tie the thread 3 times and cut off excess
17 - Poke and Neaten
Take your needle and poke away any threads. Use your hands to mold the leather down to sit flush.
Ta-daa! Great job - you have now finished your personally crafted .Ar:ti|sans Leather Tassel! The Tassel makes a great accessory on bottles, bags and notebooks. What will you choose to do now with your Leather Tassel - gift it or maybe use it yourself?
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