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How to Make a Twisted Fringe: how_twisted_fringe

A twisted fringe makes a nice finished edge for handwoven blankets or scarves and is recommended for rayon chenille or slippery yarns.

fringe twister

 

Difficulty Level:

Easy

Time Required:

90 minutes

Here’s How:

  1. Allow 6 – 10 inches of warp allowance for your twisted fringe, leaving this unwoven.
  2. Determine how thick you want your fringe to be. Usually 4 – 6 warp ends work well for most items.
  3. Starting at one edge of the scarf, grasp 3 warp ends in your hand.
  4. Begin to twist this group of 3 ends to the right.
  5. Keep twisting to the right until the yarn bundle begins to kink.
  6. While holding tightly onto this twisted yarn bundle, grasp the next 3 warp ends and begin to twist these together to the right (in the same direction as the previous warp bundle)
  7. Again, keep twisting to the right, until the yarn kinks.
  8. Take both twisted warp bundles and hold them together.
  9. Twist both bundles to the left, so that they twist together, wrapping around each other.
  10. Secure the bundles with a knot at the end of the fringe.
  11. Repeat the above procedure, working across the scarf or blanket.

Tips:

  • If working with rayon or cotton chenille, the twisted fringe should be wound tightly, to prevent worming.
  • The fringe should be done, before the article is wet-finished or fulled.
  • If you are going to do a lot of twisted fringes, a Fringe Twister makes this procedure much easier.

How To

How Long does it take to knit
How to Make an Alum Mordant
How to Mordant Cotton and Linen Yarns
How to Sew Handwoven Fabric
How to Spin a Cabled Yarn
How to Make a Tin Mordant
How to Make a Twisted Fringe
How to Use a Corker
How to Wash Fleece
How to Felt
How to Use a McMorran Balance

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Handweaving – How to Finish Chenille: how_finish_chenille

Rayon or cotton chenille yarns require a different finishing technique than other handwoven articles. When chenille is in loom-state it feels stiff as cardboard. This finishing treatment will make it soft and luxurious.

 

Difficulty Level:

Average

Time Required:

3 hours

Here’s How:

     

  1. Remove your handwoven rayon or cotton chenille scarf from the loom.
  2. Fix any broken ends, knots or other necessary repairs.
  3. Make a tightly twisted fringe to finish the edge.
  4. Using a spray bottle filled with clean water, spray the chenille article until damp.
  5. Roll the article up and place it in a plastic bag.
  6. Let the article sit in the bag a few hours, or overnight.
  7. Remove the article from the bag, and place it your dryer on high heat, gentle cycle.
  8. Let dry in dryer for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from the dryer, and press with a steam iron.
  10. If any of the fringe has come undone, the ends can be retwisted.

Tips:

  • If you are in a hurry, you can skip Step 6, leaving the chenille to sit in the plastic bag.
  • The fringe must be tightly twisted, to prevent worming.
  • How To

    How Long does it take to knit
    How to Make an Alum Mordant
    How to Mordant Cotton and Linen Yarns
    How to Sew Handwoven Fabric
    How to Spin a Cabled Yarn
    How to Make a Tin Mordant
    How to Make a Twisted Fringe
    How to Use a Corker
    How to Wash Fleece
    How to Felt
    How to Use a McMorran Balance

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    Handweaving – Fulled Cloth : aa022698

    Yardage must go through a process called fulling, that opens the fibers and changes the interwoven threads into fabric. Different fulling techniques are used for different fibers. I will describe the process that I use for fulling pure wool yardage or blankets. After all skips, broken threads or other mistakes have been corrected, the yardage can be fulled. Be brave, but please also be very careful as your lovely blanket can quickly turn into a piece of felt, perhaps good for felted slippers but not the fluffy blanket you had hoped for.

    In order to full my newly woven blankets, I fill my washing machine with hot water and add some laundry detergent. I then place the blanket into the washer. I turn the washing machine on, and stand by it watching the blanket agitate. Time this process and check the blanket every 30 seconds. Turn the washer off and pull out part of the blanket to check on the amount of fulling that has occurred. Turn the washer back on and let agitate another 30 seconds and again check. This fulling process usually takes about 2 – 3 minutes.

    The spinning oils and lanolin are removed with washing. The heat and agitation begin the felting process in the wool, opening up the individual fibers and interlocking them together. When the individual threads no longer move separately, but begin to join together, and the yardage starts to look more like fabric or a blanket (as it should), then stop the washer. If you are not sure if it has agitated enough, it is better to stop than continue, as you can always full the yardage further if need be, however, it is not possible to go back.

    Drain the water out of the washer – without turning on the spin cycle. Refill the washer with cool water to rinse out the fabric but without agitation or spin cycle. Drain the water from the washer, and then turn on the spin cycle for about 30 – 60 seconds to remove the remaining water from the blanket.

    Hang the finished blanket to dry. Enjoy!

    The Village Mill

    Laura Fry specializes in wet finishing and offers workshops about weave structures, warp and weft effects, and how shrinkage and take up differences affect the finished cloth.

    How to Wash a Wool Blanket
    Are you wondering how to wash and care for your newly woven wool blanket? Here’s how.

    How to Make a Twisted Fringe

    How to Sew Handwoven Fabric

    How to Use a McMorran Balance

    Handweaving Books

    The Weaver’s Book: Fundamentals of Handweaving
    UK: Fundamentals of Handweaving

    Key to Weaving: A Textbook of Hand-Weaving Techniques and Pattern Drafts for the Beginning Weaver
    A definitive guide to handloom weaving: step-by-step instructions, intricacies of color, fiber and how to use them effectively.
    UK: Key to Weaving

    Favorite Scandinavian Projects to Weave: 45 Stylish Designs for the Modern Home
    A collection of 45 different furnishing textiles: colorful blankets, fanciful table runners, classic curtains, and embroidered hand towels.
    UK: Favorite Scandinavian Projects to Weave

    Weaving Made Easy: 17 Projects Using a Simple Loom
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    Finishing Handwoven Cloth: aa021798

    When your newly woven yardage is taken off the loom, the process is not yet complete. Mistakes and broken ends must be corrected. After removing the yardage from the loom, I replace any broken warp ends. Using the same yarn as was used in the warp, I measure a replacement yarn the length of the finished warp. I tie this new thread to one end of the broken thread. Gently pulling on the broken end, the new replacement thread is pulled through the entire length of warp.
    Skips are repaired by tying a contrasting colour of thread to the thread that needs correcting. Pull gently on this thread up to the place where the skip is. Then untie the warp thread from the contrasting colour. Using a darning needle, weave the warp thread through fixing the skip. Then retie the warp thread to the contrast thread and gently pull the warp thread back into place.
    If this is yardage that will later be sewn, I zigzag stitch the edges to prevent fraying before fulling. If this is for a blanket, I finish the edges by twisting. Using a fringe twister can make this tedious process and easier one. Yardage must go through a process called fulling, that opens the fibers and changes the interwoven threads into fabric.

    Different fulling techniques are used for different fibers. Laura Fry specializes in wet finishing and offers workshops about weave structures, warp and weft effects, and how shrinkage and take up differences affect the finished cloth.

    Fulling Blankets.
    Have you woven a wool blanket and aren’t sure how to finish it? The process for fulling yardage or wool blankets is described.
    How to Wash a Wool Blanket
    How to Wash Fleece
    How to Make a Twisted Fringe

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