First and foremost, I would like to thank Clover and the United Kingdom Quilters United – https://ukqu.co.uk/- website for allowing me the honor of product testing the Clover Tassel Maker, small size.
I am not normally a tassel person so anything with tassels would normally be a no go for me. However, just before Christmas I made some curtains for a friend. With the surplus fabric, and as a surprise, I made a table runner for her. Another friend suggested I put tassels on each of the ends, so I brought a pair. I had my doubts that I would use them though. When the runner was almost finished, I added the tassels and wow, it finished it off just nicely. Okay I could now see the need for tassels.
Hence, when the opportunity arose for me to test a tassel maker, of course I wanted to try it out. Baring in mind I knew how to make tassels without it. Still I am up for using anything that makes my life easier. Besides who does not like a good gadget?
I was not sure if I had been picked to test it but after a very bad week of stress, health and life. I received a parcel through the door. I had not ordered anything from any online retailers nor was I expecting anything. Therefore, when I opened the parcel I was over the moon.
I showed my husband later that day, normally he just says “okay”. This time he looked at it, read the back and proceeded to open it and read the instructions within the packet. His response “they are much more detailed on the inside then the back, I can understand these.” It made me laugh. I was also pleased he showed an interest, he is yet to make one and I will not hold my breath.
Clover makes two sizes of tassel makers, one small and one large they each make a different set of tassel sizes.
Small one makes the following size tassels:
• 1-3/16 in or 3 cm
• 1-9/16 in or 4 cm
• 2 in or 5 cm
These images show the device extended, the tassels themselves will be smaller.
Large one makes the following size tassels:
• 2-3/8 in or 6 cm
• 2-3/4 in or 7 cm
• 3-1/8 in or 8 cm
• 3-1/2 in or 9 cm
• 4 in or 10 cm
These were retailed at £7.88 – £10.89 for the small one, £9.53 – £10.25 for the larger one from online retailers at the time of writing this review. Clover has differentiated between the two sizes by colour. The small one is a purple colour but in some light looks slightly pink. The large one is a pale green, Clovers brand colour. My concern with the colouring of the small size maker, to me it appears rather feminine and with an increasing interest in crafts from men, it might of been a better choice to make it in a non-binary colour, such as yellow or the dark purple, like Clover uses on some of its other products and branding.
With Clover products I have found, which are important to any gadget, they include plenty of picture / illustrations with their instructions. I even enjoy the fact that the paper they use is not bright white and easy to read. A plus for those, whom like me, suffer from Irlen Syndrome, otherwise, known as phototropic sensitivities. They also contain instructions in four languages: English, French, German and Spanish.
As stated the small size makes three sizes and changing the size was easy, you just loosened the two screws and gently guided apart so that the notches on the side lined up with each other and then screw shut, careful not to over tighten. Tested that and yes very simple. My hands were aching nor did I have much strength in and I managed it without issue.
Clover advertisement states the tassel maker can be used with your favourite threads, such as embroidery thread and wool. Well let us put it to the test.
First, I tried some embroidery thread off the spool. Cheap thread I only use for hand embroidery, so being the clever person that I am, I gave the instructions a quick scan and figured I could do this; I was not sure of the look I wanted so I just winged it and wound it round a number of times as a rough guess. However, I fell fowl of my own arrogance when I realised that tassels needed cords and that there was a way to do this. I reread the instructions – inside sheet – and double-checked every step. I was okay until it came to adding the cord. I did not have cord so I used a six strand embroidery thread, un-separated, then tied as it suggested. I found this step a bit fiddly.
The picture below shows the mess I got into with the threads. I also did not use the paper method to tidy off the ends. The picture shows the smallest size.
The approximate centre for each size is marked with a different size triangle on the back of the maker, with the smallest triangle representing the smallest size, subsequent size triangles corresponding to the tassel size.
Cutting the tassel was easy as at both ends there is a groove for the scissors to sit.
For the next tassel, I used wool. However, I wound the wool around more times than maybe I should, forgetting that when cut, it would make rather a chunky tassel. It looked more like a quashed pom-pom. It was different and fun.
I tried again using the middle size, still using wool, but with less wool wound round, much better.
For the final size, I used embroidery thread again. For each of these tassels I never used the paper method as suggested in the instructions. I wanted to give these my own shape.
I made further tassels using both wool and embroidery thread. For each size, I made one tassel in embroidery thread and one in wool.
Because you have no tight areas to fit the thread in or to wind onto, this does allow you to use a variety of threads. So far, I have only discussed wool and embroidery thread. The back of the packet states that the maker can “easily make tassels with embroidery thread, wooden yarns and others”.
With others in mind, I chose to use a strip of cream fabric cut on the fold at 108 inches long.
I then cut the fabric further into a ¾-inch wide strip and wound it around using the largest size of the maker.
I used another strip of ¾-inch fabric and tied it off. Embroidery thread was used as the cord, and the paper method to cut it.
The tassel, made rough and ready, but I like it.
The next one I choose to use a selvage edge and the medium setting.
Because it was a smaller length of fabric, I only wound round a few times. Used the cream fabric to tie it off and trimmed to how I like. Again rough and ready.
Once made I also decided to trim into the strands of fabric to give it more tassel.
Therefore, you can use “other” on the maker. It leads itself to experimentation, which is always fun to explore.
I rushed all of mine, but overall I am happy with the quick look.
Thereby, my verdict.
• A fun small gadget that does what it is designed to with ease.
• I like the groove with enables you to cut the thread or fabric strands with ease. The markings are clear.
• The screws are easy to turn and secure it without the need to over tighten.
• My only one gripe is the colour. Some photos show it as a purple, while others show it as pink. As stated earlier, I feel it would have benefited from being a different colour. However, colour is subjective.
• Overall, this product was a winner.
Again thank you to Clover for allowing me the honour of testing their product. For an added bonus, on Clovers website they have four projects that you can use with your tassel makers.
Found here: https://www.clover-mfg.com/product/12/85
The projects themselves here: