Gant might be Mabro. Not sure. Also, making one is a cool idea, but if you want to go the easy route, just kop the next cheap pair of black tassels you see at the store and yank one off. I have replaced a tassel, but at the time I did not have a leather needle set. I'd recommend getting one. You can find them for cheap at craft stores. MUUUUUUUUUUUCH easier to use than a standard needle and thread, even a large guage needle.