Posted by Peg in South Carolina
Now I am twisting the fringe. I am using the directions Susan gave in her blog. Go to her post, “A Good Twist to the Yarn,” to read about and see the process in detail. I was so impressed by her post, and I had so much trouble with the fringe twister that I have been using, that I ordered the fringe twister she uses. It is made by Forsyth (where it is called a cord twister). More information is available here.
Susan hemstitched her scarves. I did not hemstitch this shawl. I had found in some of my earlier things where I braided rather than twisted the fringe, that hemstitching was not needed.
I set up my work station similar to Susan’s. But for my board I used a sewing board that is used for cutting out fabric. It is already marked in inches and is generally available in stores like Hancock’s and JoAnn’s.
Susan used long pins for blocking knitted lace. Having none of those, I used the ordinary pins knitters use to pin seams before they sew them.
Because the woven fabric is so loose and fluid at this stage, I also added the weight of two books. This helps keep the woven weft from pulling forward, but does not prevent it.
Also, because I did not hemstitch, I keep the woven warp protector (the white weft shots at the bottom of the shawl) in for as long as I can. I remove it only from the area where I am actually working.
I am twisting two ends in each clip, resulting in a twisted braid of four ends. I am twisting the groups of two ends 20 times to the right. Then, when I join them to make the group of four, I twist the 40-end group to the left 20 times.
To place the overhand knot I tried using a very thin crochet hook, inserting it into the untightened knot, placing it where I wanted it to be, and then tightening it, as Susan instructed. Then I stopped using it because it didn’t seem to guarantee all that much accuracy. That, however, is not the fault of Susan’s instructions. It is because I had not yet figured out how to deal with the flimsiness of the fabric.
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