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Yarn Tail Tutorial (Feline) by willowfall Yarn Tail Tutorial (Feline) by willowfall
:bulletred: Yarn tails are becoming really popular, I'm seeing them everywhere now! I found the perfect yarn at my local craft store, so I had to try it out. Here's a tutorial showing exactly how I made my cat tail. Let me know if you have any questions!

:bulletred: Using the fur brush pulls out a lot of extra fluff. This is totally normal, and you can always save it to use as stuffing for plushies or what have you. It helps to have a plastic bag handy to stuff it all in.

:bulletred: EDIT: After a lot of wearing and brushing, I realized that despite how tight my knots were, the floofs can start to slide on the base. I went through and stitched them on by laying the tail flat and separating the floofs, revealing all the big knots. Then just go through with a long threaded needle and tack them to the base. Alternatively, tie your fluffs INTO the weave of the braid instead of AROUND it to stop them from sliding down!

:bulletred: EDIT Apr 2014: I recently made a great fluffy tail with "Loops & Threads" brand "Cozy Wool". It is 50% wool, 50% acrylic super bulky wool that I didn't straighten. I used longer strands to make a floofier tail (Instead of wrapping around your hand, wrap around a piece of cardboard or something that is wider than the span of your fingers) and only tied 4 strands together at a time. The tail has a cute wavy look as the fibres have not been straightened, just brushed out. I highly recommend this yarn!

:star: Here's some great tips from friends and fellow users:

1. Try a really soft, chunky wool - you might not even have to straighten it and you need to use less wool!
2. Tie your fluffs into the braid instead of around it to stop them from sliding down the base!
3. Try separating the wool strands before brushing to prevent knots.

Total time: ~5 hours+ depending on length
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LillyLuvsLollipops Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Hello! First, thanks for the tutorial its really nice! Second, I was wondering if it matters that you don't put spaces between the knots on the core. I feel like it would be easier this way but I'm not sure it will work or not, i already started but Idk if it will turn out... Thanks!
willowfall Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey! :D Glad this helped you out! The spacing between the floofs will depend on how fluffy you want your tail. The knots tend to settle down on top of eachother anyways in my experience, so it's probably better not to have a space to begin with. Good luck!
Sk3tchie Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahhhhh yay! now i can make a meulin tail!
kittylover911 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Student Writer
This is a really great tutorial! I'm in the process of making a yarn tail right now, actually, and it's coming out great because of this guideline. (Though I don't have a straightener, it still looks pretty good)
NekoFeatherstar Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's gorgeous. I'm just wondering about a tabby tail. My OC, Featherstar, has gray fur with three dark gray bands around her tail and a pale whitish-grey tip. Do you know how to do that?
willowfall Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello!! You will need to buy skeins of yarn for each fur colour you need. Then there are two ways to go about this. You can make the whole tail out of gray first (with white tip), then tie/sew the dark gray bands in later. Or you can try to tie them in as you go. It takes a little bit of planning and it's hard to tell exactly how thick to make the "layers" without experimenting. Good luck!
TinySweetGingerSnap Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Im doing one of these for my warrior cat JadePaw, I'm confused to, mine is a dark brown tabby, but in the middle of the tail, the brown lightens, so your not alone in wondering how to do that >u<
MoonlightDalia Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i m not sur but maybe if you alternete dark and light colors it might doo the trick...i never tried but it might work :)
TinySweetGingerSnap Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
thanks! ill try that!
MoonlightDalia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
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