A twisted fringe makes a nice finished edge for handwoven blankets or scarves and is recommended for rayon chenille or slippery yarns.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Time Required: 90 minutes
- Allow 6 – 10 inches of warp allowance for your twisted fringe, leaving this unwoven.
- Determine how thick you want your fringe to be. Usually 4 – 6 warp ends work well for most items.
- Starting at one edge of the scarf, grasp 3 warp ends in your hand.
- Begin to twist this group of 3 ends to the right.
- Keep twisting to the right until the yarn bundle begins to kink.
- 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)
- Again, keep twisting to the right, until the yarn kinks.
- Take both twisted warp bundles and hold them together.
- Twist both bundles to the left, so that they twist together, wrapping around each other.
- Secure the bundles with a knot at the end of the fringe.
- Repeat the above procedure, working across the scarf or blanket.
- 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.
Hand Weaving Books
The Key to Weaving: A Textbook of Hand Weaving for the Beginning Weaver
The Weaver’s Companion (The Companion Series)
Learning to Weave
The Big Book of Weaving: Handweaving in the Swedish Tradition: Techniques, Patterns, Designs and Materials
The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory
A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns: From the Friends of Handwoven