Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Tie an Iris leaf tassel
A tassel (also called a tuft) consist of: A suspending cord, the body and a fringed or ornamental skirt
Split the Iris leaf into eight with a needle. You can also use a kenzan if you want to have a finer fringed tassel.
Tutorial: Rip fibrous leaves (Flax, iris or typha) into thin strands with a Kenzan. See the tutorial link below
Gather the bundle of strips in the middle and fold in half.
Wrap a strip of leaf around the fold tightly. Tie onto itself.
Snip the strands neatly with sharp scissors and fluff open
Weave a dome and secure the ends with Floral Adhesive
See the Tutorial links below for more information about harvesting, preparing and weaving with foliage
Plait three long strands of iris leaves. Push the plaited cord through the fold of the tassel body. Tie the cord to the dome and knot tightly to secure.
Split the rest of the plaited cord open to about five cm of three loose hanging strands. Snip dried iris stems into short sections. Remove the leaves that cover the stem. These are natural tubes and great to cover knots with.
Slip the dried tubes over the three cord strands.
Tie one strand around the place where it splits open to secure with a knot. Slip the tube over the knot and tie. Split the other two strands and tie to the dome. Slip the tubes back over the knots. Check to see whether the tassel hangs securely and straight. Adjust if necessary.
For this tutorial I focus on a simple weave pattern that does not require you to soften or prepare the leaves to be more durable or flexible. This is the starting point in...