HOW TO MAKE TASSELS (TSEETSEEYOT)

ITEMS NEEDED:
C-clamp
Key ring (1 inch diameter)
Tape measure
Place mat (to protect table from c-clamp)
Scissors
Safety pins (1 inch size)
Cotton crochet thread - colors Royal blue and White

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.) Attach c-clamp to a table, handle up, with the place mat curved around the table edge.  Tighten lightly to avoid table damage.  Place key ring over handle and shaft (fig 1).


FIG 1


2.) Cut three 22 inch lengths of white crochet thread
     Cut one 35 inch length of blue crochet thread
3.) Even up one end of the four lengths of thread and fold in half so that the white threads are folded in half with the one end of the blue thread longer (FIG 2).


FIG 2


4.) Keeping the relationship of the threads, slide one end through the key ring and hold taut. (FIG 3).


FIG 3


5.) Mark the length of the safety pin (1") on the c-clamp for a reference. (FIG 4).
    This allows the pin to swing through the loop later, if necessary.


FIG 4


6.) Keeping the ends even, make your 1st half of a knot at the reference mark. (FIG 5).


FIG 5


7.) Make the 2nd half of the knot (complete the knot).  All ends should be even except one end of the blue thread. (FIG 6)


FIG 6

8.) Next, hold all ends together except the long blue one; and twist the blue thread around the others 7 times keeping the windings snug (not too tight) with no spaces between the wound blue thread. (FIG 7)


FIG 7


9.) Separate the threads 4 x 4 with one blue one on each side. (FIG 8)


FIG 8


10.) Tie another complete knot. (FIG 9)


FIG 9


11.) Repeat with windings of 8, 11, and 13 of the blue thread. (FIG 10)  The number of windings are traditional with meanings I don't need to go into here; they are interesting but not Biblical.  The Bible just says make tseetseeyot (tassels) and tie them with blue thread; you do not have to use the suggested method described here.


FIG 10


12.) Trim all ends even with a scissors except the long blue one, leave it about an inch longer.  Remove the tseetseet (tsee-tseet' accent the 2nd syllable - do not omit the last "t" from your pronunciation!) from the key ring.  The blue thread has been called the shamish, the servant thread, by Messianic believers; since it serves by holding together this tassel which represents Yahweh's commandments and reminds us to keep them.  Messiah, of course, was a servant; hence the symbolism.  Jewish tassels do not have a blue thread.


FIG 11


13.) Place the loop through the circle in the end of the safety pin, and then the end of the tseetseet through the loop. (FIG 12)


FIG 12


14.) Pull the ends completely through the loop and slide threads tight to the safety pin. (FIG 13)


FIG 13


Remember, wearing tseetseeyot is similar to today's idea of "tying a string around your finger" to remember to do something.  Yahweh commanded those committed to him to wear tassels (tseetseeyot) to remind themselves to keep his commandments.

Numb 15:38 (BBE) Say to the children of Israel that through all their generations they are to put on the edges of their robes an ornament of twisted threads, and in every ornament a blue cord;
39 So that, looking on these ornaments, you may keep in mind the orders of {Yahweh} and do them; and not be guided by the desires of your hearts and eyes, through which you have been untrue to me:
40 And that you may keep in mind all my orders and do them and be {set apart} to your {Mighty One}.

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