Friday, June 24, 2011

Archer's Tassel. "Not just for decoration!"

Hello everyone! So I am going shooting today for the first time in a few months, hooray! While preparing all of my tackle, I looked at my archer's tassel and thought what a good blog entry it would make.

The archer's tassel is simply a wad of yarn that is used to clean arrows, and in some cases to dignify rank.  The tassel is made up of  many strands of yarn about 14 inches in length, which are the folded in half, and tied to make a loop.

This can be hung on a belt loop, the belt itself or where you please I guess!  Many traditional English longbow and warbow archers today where a tassel such as this. 

It is a very inexpensive project that I put together for exactly $1.  All I purchased was a skein of yarn from the local dollar store, and everything else I had at home!  So, with that freedom you can choose any color(s), length, or make a bunch and sell 'em!

All in all, it is a nice addition to a medieval archery enthusiast's kit and looks very cool.  Be prepared to get many comment and compliments when you show up to your club with your new tassel!


  1. How is this better than just using a rag? After all, you can wash a rag when you get home. I don't mean to be snarky, I am actually curious as to the answer.

  2. That's a pretty good idea. Especially if you miss and your arrows go into the ground.

  3. Hey Bobby! No, snarkieness recieved! Haha, anyways, some clubs and organizations use the tassel as a rank,and your tassel color shows your rank. So, I guess it's a more sophisticated item to clean arrows/show rank with than a rag.

    I had a few arrows hit the dirt today but thanks to my trusty tassel were clean in no time! Haha, definitely cant beat the price for such an easy to make, and fancy piece of gear!

  4. The idea behind the tassel is that it will hold a lot more mud and dirt than will a piece of cloth, and when it dries, the dirt will fall off or easily be shaken off.