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Enjoy the Journey Tassel Necklace

About this design:

"Enjoy the journey" seems to be my new mantra. I feel like days go by so quickly... especially when we have a ton of things going on with the kids and work and home improvements. It's important to take the time each day to breath everything in. This necklace is that--a deep breath of summer--from the fresh airy silks, to the warm leather tassel, to the tomato reds and melon tones, to the dragon inspiring travels.

I love wearing longer necklaces in the summer, so I added a 2mm leather cord at the back tied off of the silk string and 1.5mm leather.

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The products in this design are listed below.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Begin by selecting materials.
Step 2:
Making a tassel using the leather fringe. The next several steps will go over this in detail. It's super easy with endless possibilities for finishing.
To begin, decide on the size of your tassel and mark on the leather where you want to cut.
Step 3:
Once you have cut the fringe at your mark, add glue to the top back side of the leather.
Step 4:
To create the loop for the tassel, you will need to work relatively quickly so the glue doesn't dry on you. Take the end fringe piece and fold it up and over the top, creating the loop (see image).
Step 5:
Roll the leather beginning where you just made the loop.
Step 6:
Now that the tassel is rolled up you can finish however you like. I wanted to add color, so i wrapped with green waxed linen.
Step 7:
Embellish the tassel with beads, and you're done!
Step 8:
To make the journey focal grouping: Take the 8" length of 12-ply Irish waxed linen, fold in half, and make an overhand loop knot. String on the beads, "Enjoy the Journey" charm and teardrop using knots.
Step 9:
To make the Xaz raku focal grouping: Take the 6" length of both the 7-ply and 12-ply Irish waxed linen, fold in half and make an overhand loop knot. String all 4 ends through the raku bead and knot. String Saki bronze beads onto the 12-ply waxed linen and make some knots on the 7-ply waxed linen.
  Step 10:
When you are done making all of the focal groups, combine the silk string and 1.5mm leather cord and string on your focals. Knot in-between the focals groups. This will help keep the focals from bunching on each other.
Step 11:
To secure the "charm holder," make an over hand knot. Knot the string around the leather as you run up the cord.
Step 12:
To complete this necklace, take an 18" length of 2mm leather cord and make a knot at one end. Tie an overhand knot at the end of the 1.5mm leather cord and silk string, slipping the knot on the 2mm leather cord through the loop of the knot before tightening down. Dab some adhesive into the knot.
Repeat on the other side. Done! :)

Buy Products from this Design

Natural Round Leather Cord 1.5mm
per foot: $0.40

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Ali, I love all the natural elements you used in this design. The peach silk string is great wrapped and mixed with the leather, especially at the loop to hold the tassel/charms. I’ve been at a loss as to how to incorporate it into my designs. Thanks! :)

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    Fresh Baked says:

    Tassels are all the rage, but I love how you’ve jazzed this one up with other fibers and beads. A great look!

  3. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Ali, I like the use of the mixed fibers and the 2 mm leather cord at the back. :)

  4. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Love this Ali!

  5. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    This is just too stinkin’ cute!!!! I LOVE all your little “more is more” ;) additions, too!!!

  6. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    I’m totally inspired by your use of knotting and varied fibers! Really adds value to your work– I’ve gotta try it now! Thank you for the snapshots of all the little details thru the process. It must be so fun for the wearer to discover these beautiful little bits & it can be personalized so nicely!

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    Ali, I like it! :-)

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    J Lenseigne says:


    A year ago I bought all the beads I needed to make the Cascading Gemstone
    Necklace that you designed. I didn’t get around to making it. I didn’t get the instructions. Could you e-mail those to me? I would really appreciate it. My e-mail is

    Thank you, Jackie

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    K krupa says:

    Hi Jackie-I enjoy your designs of both necklaces and bracelets. I look forward to seeing them when I go on Liam Beads. Thank you for being so creative and sharing your work!! KKrupa

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    K krupa says:

    Hi Ali-I enjoy your designs of both necklaces and bracelets. I look forward to seeing them when I go on Lima Beads. Thank you for being so creative and saring your work!! KKrupa OMG-My sincere apologies, I messed up your name by accident!

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