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Horsehair Tassel

This tassel -- and our Horsehair Bracelet -- are great gifts to make in bulk for all your stylish friends.

Tools and Materials

Horsehair
Waxed twine
Leather trim
Clear glue

  1. Start with 12 inches of horsehair. Take a grouping of hair, and tie tightly at center point with waxed twine.
  2. Fold hair in half, and tie off tightly about 1 1/2 inches down from the fold. Remove hairs that have escaped.
  3. Trim tassel to desired length.
  4. Cover the waxed twine around body of tassel with a piece of leather trim. Dab glue to secure as you wrap.
  5. Stitch the trim closed.
  6. To finish, add a leather tie to the top of the tassel.

Horsehair, in Black, 13" to 15", $19.75 per lb., nantahalatradingpost.com. Waxed linen twine, in Black, $15 for 100 yd., caning.com. Machined end cap, 1/4", in Brass, 75 cents; round jump ring, 1/4", in Brass, 25 cents; and brass lobster clasp, 7.3 mm by 12.9 mm, 45 cents; store.metalliferous.com. Silver-plated lobster clasp, 18 mm by 10 mm, $1; silver-plated split rings, 6 mm, $2 for 100; and plain bell caps, 6 mm opening, $1.29 each; silverenchantments.com. Barge glue cement, $7 for 2 oz., acehardware.com. Round-nose pliers, $5.25, firemountaingems.com. Silver blackener, $13 per pint; and Brown-Black Brass, Bronze, & Copper Darkener, $12.25 per pint; jaxchemical.com.

Comments (3)

  • RawhideRevivals 18 May, 2014

    Horse Hair Tassels are very beautiful and somewhat unique - you can hang them from purses or key chains. I'm sure you can google for more ideas of what to do if you receive one for a gift, to answer the previous question. Have fun with them.

  • DianeinMinnesota 10 Dec, 2012

    I think the horsehair bracelets are awesome and I know a number of youth who would think they were neat. But, if I received a horsehair tassel I wouldn't have a clue what to say or what to do with it. Can someone enlighten me?

  • WildPink 28 Feb, 2015

    I don't know what city people would do with a horsehair tassel, but I can tell you that it's original use was to be hung from the cinch on a saddle (or belly band on harness) to keep flies and biting insects off of a horse while it's working. (When it's not working, it uses its own horsehair tassel -- also known as its tail -- to swish at flies and biting bugs. Usually two horses will stand side by side and nose to tail so that their heads get protection too.)