I figured out what I did not like. I was laying in the three strands of the darker Soie D Alger and that was distracting the eye on the cord. I ripped that out and I went ahead and finished covering the upholstery cord and started working on the tassel itself. I have padded the top two sections and starting laying the horizontal threads on those sections. Now, I am satisfied again.
Thanks for the input everyone! I appreciate it!