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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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LeFrenchAngora Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this!! But question, how would I do this for a zig zag tail? I want to make a tail based off my oc. C:
willowfall Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I was checking out your OC, and I think you should be able to do a striped tail without much problem. Just do a few floofs of brown, all the way around the outside, then a few of white, etc. You'll have to experiment to see how many it takes to make the stripes the right thickness, but you can probably add in more if they look too skinny. Good luck! :)
LeFrenchAngora Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Student Digital Artist
Ah, thank you so much! I appreciate it, I'll try and see what I get! X3
willowfall Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck ^-^
Syreen-Isy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist
Great tutorial :D
Thank you so much! :3 
willowfall Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem!! Glad it helped you :D
ivorys-art Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
this is great! i found that in a pinch you can use a fine tooth comb with larger yarn if anyone needs to know that too ^^
willowfall Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great idea!! Hope this tutorial helped you :)
cyanide-unicorn Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Thank you so much for the easy-to-follow tutorial!  Your tail turned out great: who would have thought that yarn could look that soft!
willowfall Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Isn't it unbelievable?? I never would have thought of turning yarn into fur! Hope this tutorial helps you!!
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