The safest way to show your love of tails♥
I learned this from the other yarn tail tutorial here, but I made a few changes and thought it deserved it's very own post!
Because of all the love I've been getting, I've taken a better quality picture of the gray tail I've been working on.
Please comment to let me know what you think!
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First of all, I am using Lion Brand Homespun yarn, which is different from your average acrylic yarn. It isn't spun very tight at all, so the fibers are pretty loose. It also has a string wrapping up all of the fibers. Inside is a thick string and a thinner string which needs to be pulled out.
The first thing to do is make the base. Since I did not change the method, go here.
Next, we have to locate the inner strings. I find them by running the tip of my poker across the strand of yarn. It's pretty thick and hard to miss. When I get a feel for it's location, I just kind of dissect the yarn and thread it on the bar. Make sure to get all eight! Then, pull them out just like in the previous step.
Next I blow dry it, straighten it, then blow dry it again. Perhaps I could skip the first blow dry, but it calms it down a bit to straighten it. Straightening it makes it pretty smooth but also gives it weird crimpy-wavy marks, which is why I blow dry again. It's well worth the time.
On the other hand, not giving it any heat gives it a cool, natural texture, which is what I did with the red tail.
Now I sew the piece on. I actually do every step in bulk. I'll cut many pieces of eight-sections of yarn, then I'll pull off all of the first strings, then so on and such. I like to keep it all in rolled up pillow cases, like a pillow case yarn sandwich. It takes about 4 "tufts" to go around the base, so I keep it pretty organised.
Anyway, I save it all up then sew on a bunch of pieces at a time.
I sew it by putting the needle and string through the hole from the knotted-on-yarn string, then putting it through the base, and repeating that little process at least once per tuft.