I get on kicks, and lately I’ve been seeing what I can make with discontinued wallpaper. Last week I made wallpaper rose bookmarks, and I noticed as I riffled through the book a pattern with some magnificent birds perched among bamboo leaves. I immediately envisioned them as bird bookmarks (hope you have a lot of books!) with tassels.
The easy part is to cut out the wallpaper birds, though in your pattern book you might find leaves, toile motifs, or even, as in one book I have, dogs. Then use a 1/16″ punch to punch a small hole for the string and tassel.
Use pearl cotton (sometimes spelled “perle coton”). I used DMC #5 in a gold color. Pearl cotton, which is made in France, is a 2-ply, high-sheen, twisted embroidery thread. Cut three lengths: 7″, 36″, and 8″.
Take the 7″ length and fold it in half. With a large needle, thread one end through the punched hole, pulling it through partially, and then rethread the needle with the other end and pull that through the hole, as well.
I had read up on tassels in preparation for this, and found that tassels can be unbelievably complicated. Some are shaped over wooden forms, and the head of the tassel can be oversewn with elaborate embroidery. Some of these elaborate tassels even have little tassels of their own. I decided that this little tassel would be enough. You could make it with other fibers, but the pearl cotton drapes nicely.
Have a nice rest of the week!