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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
At least I keep my random crafting tools organized.

Trims and Fringe

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
The waste yarn and fringe, before I pulled one out and trimmed the other one.

Ok, long story short: I had a LOT of yarn that my sister gave me many years ago and I decided I wanted to weave it.

I have already made a small scarf with some of this yarn, and I knew I needed to treat the fabric a little differently than usual to get what I wanted. This yarn needs a little abuse to bloom into cloth. I ended up roughing up the scarf in a sink full of hot water to get the look I wanted, before.

I wanted this piece to be fairly large - a wingspan wrap. It would be too large to wash in the sink. But, how do I keep the fringe from turning into a matted mess when I put my cloth into the washing machine?

I decided to try weaving about 2" worth of unfeltable waste yarn before I wove the main piece, hoping that would keep things orderly through the wet-finishing process.

It worked pretty well. The hardest part was removing the waste yarn when it was all over.

With my rotary cutter (Why do I have that?) and my self-healing mat (Why do I have THAT?), I chopped off the ugliest part of the loom waste. Then, I pulled out the waste yarn, cutting it in half (carefully) first. I measured four times and made the final trim, leaving about 1 inch of fringe.

I could not be happier with the result. It is a cuddly, lovely wrap, with just enough fringe. I used hemstitching on either end and a simple pick-up stick pattern for the body of the piece. It is an over-airconditioned office's best friend.

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