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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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How can you make it thicker for a wolf or Fox? Do you just put the knots closer together? 
Haji-lover Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Sooooo I figured I'd try this and bought some cheap wool in this really nice reddish brown color but its scratchy and just not soft at all, do you know a way to make it soft? I had already made the braid before I noticed just how scratchy it feels and I'd hate to wast the yarn.
DreamEscapist 8 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I straightened mine with a hair straightner and it turned pretty soft and gave it a nice shiny look. I also heard washing the yarn (not brushed out yet) with fabric softener works as well. :3 
Haji-lover 7 hours ago  Hobbyist Artist
alright thanks, I'll try that
DreamEscapist 2 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, also, if you're using the hair straighter, unplug it before you straighten the yarn, or keep it on low heat. Too hot and it'll turn all weird and rough or melt. 
Haji-lover 58 minutes ago  Hobbyist Artist
ok thanks for the pointers lol
livyrose03 Mar 8, 2014  New member
so this is gonna sound stupid but i am doing a chesire cat cosplay and need it to be fluffier. do i just add more or is there a certain way it needs to be done?
willowfall Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is actually a great question and I'm going to making a huge snow leopard tail soon so I'll be playing around with different methods. So far my ideas are:

1) Use a thicker core by braiding lots of pieces of yarn together for the base
2) Use chunky yarn that is naturally thicker to begin with
3) Use longer strands because most of the thickness will be from the fur sticking out from the base, so a good length of the fluffs is vital

Let me know what you end up trying, I'm very curious myself!
You could either make the base bigger or not straiten it. I don't strsiten mine and they are really fluffy. Just make sure to brush it.
livyrose03 Mar 12, 2014  New member
ok thanks
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