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I have been creating since I was a little girl. I am happy to say that having my own website has opened up a whole new world for me. Trying new mediums is a joy and sometimes a real eye opener. I sell what I create on etsy and my website, someplaceinthyme. If you have questions,please email me at cpeterson72@q.com. I welcome new blog friends and am honored if you find my little piece of heaven interesting enough to follow.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Pink Saturday AND A Tutorial On My Vintage Spindle Tassel

A very long time ago, I bought a large bag of vintage spindles. I was doing a lot of basket weaving and using them for handles and decoration within my baskets. I really don't weave much anymore, just around the holiday season such as Christmas and Easter for my grand children and for friends. Now, what do I do with all these wonderful spindles?? This is what I came up with and I wanted to share this with all of my blogging friends.
I have been using the spindles to keep my lace on, like the one above.
This is what the plain spindle looks like.
I primed and painted, then sealed using modge podge.

There is a hole at the top and this is where I pulled a piece of ribbon thru using a very long doll needle. You have to have a way to hang the tassel and so this is a necessary step. Tie a knot at the inside end or use a small dab of glue so the ribbon does not come out and is secure.

I am sorry if the ribbon is difficult to see. It's cream colored like the painted spindle, but it's there.

Beginning at the bottom of the spindle (the fattest part) begin adding fringes and ribbons, one layer at a time with a hot glue gun. You can make ribbon loops, or use straight pieces. This is all up to you and what you like. There are no rules, simply use what you have and be creative. Add as much or as little as you like.
I like to finish with something special like feathers, eyelash trim or paper roses like you see here. I also added roses at the top of the spindle.

Altho I did not do it here, I love to use beadwork too. These are so fun to make. I hope you try one, you will be hooked.

Look how sweet this looks hanging from a lamp. You can also hang them from keys, armoires, knobs, pegs and hooks. Let your imagination run wide, but make sure to have fun.
This tassel can be found on my website, Someplace in Thyme.
UPDATE: this tassel shown today is now SOLD.

I went thru my home and came up with some pretties that I have made and have on my website as well as my etsy under the name SomeplaceInTime. My etsy can be found on my sidebar. I hope you enjoy these pretty pinks. I have no blooms to share this week, it's getting hot here in the desert and so there is not much out there right now.

Love this baby buggy. Wish I had one like it, wouldn't that be fun?

I love tags and just couldn't resist the booties.....too cute.
I want to thank Beverly from How Sweet The Sound for doing this again. I love all of my pink Saturday friends and I love your comments too. I hope you have a great week and look forward to visiting everyone.


Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

Hi Char :) Your Vintage Spindle Tassels are so charming...what a great idea you came up with! And all your pretties are so precious in pink :) Your Brundage girl pillow is adorable!

Happy Pink Saturday to you my friend!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Nancy said...

You are so prepared, my dear! Excellent tutorial. I love using a glue gun and certainly have tons of stuff to use up.

What a sweet gift from LuLu!

Mark just returned from a month in Taiwan and me from New Orleans during that time. We are jet lagged and southern lagged and dreaming up things to do as usual.

Taiwan pics for Pink Saturday tomorrow.

PeggyR said...

I love what you did with the spindles! Also like your pinks...I will miss pink Saturday this week...

Sherry from Alabama said...

You are so clever! I love your creations.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine


Wow I love your pink saturday items, but I really enjoyed your tutorial on making a tassle. I can't wait to give it a try and now I know what to attach one to, so perfect to use a vintage spindle. Thank you for visiting and leaving your sweet comment on my Garden Delight Table...it really brought me pleasure to design this table with the garden tool centerpiece! I like trying to do unique displays with flowers; however, I don't think the pictures captured the centerpiece as well as I wished. I wish you where my neighbor too, think of the fun times we could have with all our pretty treasures! Have a wonderful evening!

Mari said...


Atelier de Charo said...

So pretty things you make!

Happy Pink Saturday!

debbie said...

Happy Pink Saturday Char,
What a beautiful tassel you made from the spindle.
I can certainly say that a person must see your work in person as the pillow I purchased was the most "beautiful" thing I have ever held in my hands, next to my children of course. I think of you every day as I look at it.
Have a lovely weekend
Hugs and Blessings
Simply Debbie

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Char aren't you the clever designer! What a fabulous idea with the spindles...I don't doubt that it sold right away! Go Girl!

Your pillow is just darling...love the beaded eyelet...takes me back to my childhood....
Thank you for visiting and admiring my new rose....My PS post is UNDER that...not sure why!

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

Love your tassels. What pretty work you do!

Happy PS,

Martha said...

How clever -- those spindle tassels!

Naturegirl said...

Very creative lady you are!Love the way you gather up all your ribbon and lace and create such pinkalicious crafts!Happy PS!

Gabriela said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

I love your work and this tutorial is great!

~ Gabriela ~

A Write Life said...

Great tutorial. And I love the pillow. So sweet. Happy Pink.

Kathy said...

How lovely, the Vintage Spindle Tassels are adorable!
Love the pink tags,
God Bless,

Shelia said...

Wonderful, I loved looking at the post of you blog. Thanks for visiting with me today

Victorian1885 said...

What a pretty post today for Pink Saturday! Love your work!!
Have a great weekend!


Cathy said...


Thank you for that lovely tutorial. Congrats on your sale!

Love it.


Dogmom Diva said...

Char, you are so taleneted..I wish I could do those awesome things..thanks for sharing!

Have a wonderful week


Leann said...

Hi Char

I love the spindle and thanks so much for showing us gals how to do it my friend!

Happy PS!

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

hmmm, so I am wondering what the old spindles were originally used for? They don't look like the spindles in my spindlecottage, so I am a wonderin! Sweet pink stuff!!

Birgitta "foto CHIP" said...

Amaizing work and handiceaft - so creative :)
Wish you all the best!


Regina said...

Beautiful creations!
Thank you for sharing Char.
Happy Pink Saturday.
And have lovely weekend.


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Char Sweetie...
Thank you for stopping by. I would so love to get with you soon. Right now I am still under lock and key. Not allowed outdoors, but am hopeful soon. Would love to get with you when I am released tot he out of doors.

I love your vintage spindle tassels. I too purchased several of these spindles while I was in Maryland visiting. Mine still have wool left on them, but was wanting to remove it and do a little creating. I thank you for the wonderful idea. Maybe when we get together we can make one for me.

I absolutely loved your teddy bear pincushion. You did the most beautiful job with that one. I adore it. Thank you for sharing. When I met my husband 35 years ago, and we had our first child, he sang The Teddy Bear Picnic song over and over, and continued on with each of our 3 kids. He has since sang this same song to each of the 7 (soon to be 8) grandkids.

Well sweetie. You have PT and I have breathing treatments. Yes, we are quite the pair. Hope to see ya soon. I love you girlfriend, Sherry

Ginger said...

Thanks so much for the beautiful tutorial. Love the tassels so much, you do such a lovely job. And your pillows are to die for.

Thanks for stopping by.


Neinah Avelin said...

I love your sweet baby bootie gift tags..


Teena said...

I'm hoping to get into spinning myself using some local fibre .... Happy Pink Saturday <3

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Great way to repurpose the spindles, and the tassel is so pretty with all the ribbon and lace and flowers. You are so multi-talented, Char. Love all your stuff and have visited your shop a couple of times. Happy Pink Saturday!

Nan said...

Vintage Spindle Tassels now there is something I would have never thought of working with. You are very clever. I like your tags too.
Take Care

Cabin and Cottage said...

Hey Char! I enjoyed your post! Thanks for visiting mine! Jacqueline

reimaginedtreasures.blogspot.com said...

Thank you for your encouraging words; I am so grateful for my beautiful flowers and indeed they do cheer me up when I can open the curtains every morning to them! Your tassel idea was cute; congratulations on selling it already! Kathi

Lisa said...

I really love it!! How cool! I wish I could find some of these!
Hugs, Lisa

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

What a sweet tassel and thank you for the giving the instructions! I have some assorted spindles and spools and may give one a try!!
Such a wonderful selection of pinkies you've shared today!
Happy Pink Saturday on Sunday Char!
Hugs and Smiles,

Connie said...

Char, I always wondered how others made them. I made one out of a spool once and gave it away. Your tassels are darling though.


Anonymous said...

Happy belated Pink Saturday (I'm sorry, didn't have time enough to visit everybody in one day!)

Have a nice week ! Love Es XX

xinex said...

What a great idea on what to do with the spindles. They turned out so cute. The pillow and the tags are so adorable too....Christine

Pat said...

I'm still working my way through PS posts. I'm glad I found yours. It is terrific!