As yarn lovers we’re always on the lookout for the next new fibre craft that means we can surround ourselves with colour and get making! In our latest issue, you’ll have seen that we’ve been bitten by the weaving bug with our tutorial by the talented Kennedy Berry.
But what’s a project without the finishing touches? So as promised in said issue, here’s Kennedy’s step-by-step guide for how to add to add fringe to your woven scarf.
And oh yes! Read to the end to find out how you can win your very own Cricket Loom by Schacht!
A twisted fringe is an easy finish to polish off a woven scarf.
To begin with you will want to place a weight on the edge of the scarf near where your waste yarn ends. This should be heavy enough that a tug won’t dislodge the scarf underneath.
With very sharp scissors, cut the waste yarn along one side of the work. This will allow you to pull threads out of the waste yarn as you work while keeping the warp threads you are not ready to twist neat and tidy.
I like to integrate the end of my weft yarn with the fringe at the far edge of the work. To do this, just hold it alongside the first two warp threads (here shown in Blue Sky Fibers Skinny Cotton). You should have two of these and two weft threads (shown in Blue Sky Fibers Alpaca Silk) free.
Twist both of these bundles of yarn by rolling them between your fingers. Be sure that you keep them under a bit of tension to keep them from kinking up on themselves.
Move both bundles together and then roll them back in the opposite direction.
Tie and overhand knot to finish.
You can make this process even easier with the help of a fringe twister.
To use the twister, separate out your bundles of threads and clamp one bundle with each set of teeth.
Turn the handle at the base to twist the threads. For a perfectly even twist you can count the number of rotations you do for each bundle.
Once twisted, pinch the two bundles together as you remove them from the clamps and gently roll them together in the opposite direction as before.
Once all your fringe is twisted, cut each end after the knot to even up.
And that’s it! A beautiful and easy way to finish the ends of your woven scarf. Our thanks to Kennedy for the photography and this tutorial.
If you fancy having a go yourself the good news is that we’ve teamed up with Schacht to give you Pom Pom-ers a chance to win your very own Cricket loom! Schacht is a family-owned business based in Colorado and has been going since the late 1960s, and all of their products are lovingly made in the USA from wood sourced in the US and Canada. The Cricket loom is the perfect “gateway drug” to getting into weaving, and here at PPQ we are pretty much hooked! So if you’re keen to give the tutorial in our summer 2017 issue a go, you can enter by following both Pom Pom and Schacht on Instagram or Facebook, and tagging a friend to do the same on our giveaway post. Find us @pompommag and @schacht_spindle_company. You have until the end of this weekend to enter, and we’ll choose a winner at random on Monday the 27th of June. Best of luck!
xx Pom Pom