I made these for my partner in Adults Only Swap Round 8
, and was rather pleased with how they came out. They weren't hard to make, but it did take some figuring, and I thought maybe I'd share the details in case somebody else wanted to make a pair.
For each earring, you will need:
- 3 two-foot lengths of six-strand cotton embroidery floss in Color A
- 3 two-foot lengths of six-strand cotton embroidery floss in Color B
- a French hook
Thread all 6 pieces of floss through the loop on the hook.
Attach the hook to something handy. (I used the end of a little plastic basket in which I keep beads and findings and the like.) Separate the floss, Color A to the right, and Color B to the left. Smooth the strands.
Gather all of the strands together, keeping the two colors side-by-side. Tie them in a snug overhand knot
that catches the loop of the hook. (Having the colors separated will make the knot neatly half-and-half.)
Separate the floss into four equal groups, two of each color. (There will be three lengths of floss in each group.)
Plait the four groups of floss into a standard four-part round braid
for about an inch, using a spiraling color pattern. Gather the floss back together and tie another snug overhand knot.
Split two of the dangling lengths of Color A floss in half, producing four groups of three strands each. Plait them into a four-part round braid for about two inches. Tie them with a tight overhand knot. Trim the loose ends to a quarter inch or so. (There will be a fair amount of discard floss, but you need extra length to hold on to while you're doing the braiding; it's not really wasted.)
Repeat with the rest of the floss, two matching lengths at a time. Try to make the braids identical in length.
When you've braided all the floss, straighten the braids and trim the "tassels" to make the finished falls all the same length. (This will make any variation in the placement of the knots less obvious.)
Gently roll the thicker braid between your fingers if it needs straightening.
The finished earrings are roughly three inches from the top knot to the end of the falls. (That made them almost 4 inches from the hook to the end, with the hooks I had.)
I used the same basic technique to make a smaller pair for myself--about 2 inches from the top of the knot to the end of the falls. I used four lengths of floss instead of six, braided the handle for only half an inch, and separated the lengths into two-strand groups to braid the falls, which I made an inch long.
How much they look like floggers depends on how bunched up the falls are, whether the earrings are curled, etc.. . .as well as, I expect, who's looking at them and whether they expect to see floggers in their day-to-day lives. I think they're inobtrusive enough to wear just about anywhere, but look enough like their inspiration to be fun to wear to a munch or party (or just to tip your honey off to the mood you're in tonight).