Sunday, September 4, 2011


If I have a secret vice it is tassels.  In all colors and sizes and materials.  I just can't resist them--especially when on deep discount.

The next three pictures are of some tiebacks I got yesterday at Field's Fabrics for $2.97 each!

A little mussed because it was knocking around in a box at the store.

It's twin still sporting a taming cellophane.  Don't you just love those little monkey balls? (or monkey's fists)


I love tassels so much I have them all over the house.

On a valance.

On a chair.

On another chair.

Hanging from the chandelier.

A special category for me is beaded tassels.  Most of them are stored with my Christmas decorations as they seem to appear at that time of year.  Of course I wait until the after-holiday discounts to buy--unless they are REALLY special!

The best places to look are Big Lots and Fruit Basket Flowerland (in Grand Rapids, MI).  Sometimes Target or Meijers will have them in their decorations, too.  The best beaded ones are made by underpaid workers from India.

I think I first became fascinated with them when I read an article about Scalamandre in Victorian Homes a long time ago.  They were making reproduction curtains for an historic house with a big budget.  Pictures showed artisans making elaborate tassels and tie-backs with wooden moulds and silk thread.  Sadly, even things in their discount store were too expensive for me.  The link above to their store does not show many tassels, unfortunately, but it does link to some fabulous Vanderbilt mansions they have decorated.

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