DIY Dip-Dye Tassel Earrings
Have you been inspired by our Summer Blues story from Interweave Crochet Summer 2018? All of the projects are crocheted and then dyed blue! Last year, when I was experimenting with dyeing some crochet projects to see if the concept would work, I also dip-dyed some easy tassel earrings. I’ve been wearing them for months, and I always get so many compliments on them. If you’d like to make a pair while you’re dyeing your favorite projects from Interweave Crochet Summer 2018, here’s a quick tutorial. Bonus: these earrings are a great way to use up some leftover yarn!
First, make the earrings.
A basic tassel is quick and easy to make: just wrap yarn around a rectangular piece of cardboard 30-50 times (depending on your yarn thickness), slide the loops off the cardboard, use a small strand of yarn to tie one end, and cut the loops on the other end. Gather the yarn around the top by wrapping a strand of yarn and then knotting it. Loop tails from the knot at the top through the earring fastenings to attach. (You could also try dip-dyeing a pom-tassel. For a full tutorial on how to create pom-tassel earrings, check out this pom-tassel post.)
Then, dip dye.
If you’re going for the ombré look, use Brenda K. B. Anderson’s article on ombré dyeing as your guide. Note that you can’t set tassel earrings in a tub, as Brenda does with her Ombré Nesting Baskets, so try clipping a strand of yarn that holds your earrings on either side of your bucket. There should be just enough slack in the yarn that the very bottom of your earrings will hang in the dye. From there you can either raise the dye level, as Brenda does in her article, or you can (carefully) lower the earrings by adding more slack to the line that holds them.
Last, rinse your earrings until the water runs clear and let them dry.
Once you’ve finished your favorite project from the Summer Blues story in Interweave Crochet Summer 2018, create quick tassel earrings to dye at the same time. (You have the dye pot out, so you might as well make more than one project!) They just might become your favorite accessory this summer!
Editor, Interweave Crochet