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How to Change Fringe in a Finished Weave

How to Change Fringe in a Finished WeaveIt can be very intimidating to cut into your fringe, especially when most of us do it once the weave is all completed and off the loom. I’m sure a few of us have made a mistake a time or two and cut the fringe a little too short. Or maybe you cut it in an angle that you later regretted. If you have a weave that you wish you could re-do the fringe, then this is the post for you!

Today I’m going to share how to change your fringe in a finished weave. Yep, you read that correctly and it is possible. Oh and if you missed it before I had put together a list of the top 7 weaving issues I get asked about and how to fix them here. But onto changing the fringe…

This was fairly easy to do, but there were somethings that I felt are important to note about this process that I have listed below:

  • In order to keep the correct tension in your weave, you will be adding the new fringe above the old fringe. After the new fringe is in, you can then decide if you want to pull the old fringe out or if you are ok with leaving it.
  • This process should be done carefully and will be slower then putting rya knots in while the weave is on a loom. This is because you don’t have the warp thread support tension and open space that you have when the weave is on the loom, so just keep that in mind.
  • When working the new fringe into the weave, make sure you are putting the new threads above the old fringe and below the last woven row. Make sure you don’t snag an existing thread with your tapestry needle.

How to Change Fringe in a Finished Weavestep 1| cut the fringe threads to the length you desire. I cut my new fringe threads to a longer length then what was on the weave originally and I’m using a grouping of four threads to make my fringe.

step 2| using a tapestry needle bring the new threads above the old fringe on the right side of the warp string.

How to Change Fringe in a Finished Weavestep 3| pull the threads through to the back so that about four inches or so of the threads are coming out the back of the weave.

step 4| use the tapestry needle to guide the new threads around the same warp string as the old fringe. Then bring the new threads through to the front, let the short group of threads hang.

How to Change Fringe in a Finished Weavestep 5| next, using the tapestry needle, take the longer new threads from the right side, across the top of the short group of threads (making the top of the rya knot) and pull them through the left warp side above the old fringe.

step 6| your new threads are now in the back of the weave, guide them around the same warp string as the old fringe and pull through to the front.

How to Change Fringe in a Finished Weavestep 7| what you should have now at the front of your weave are two short ends and a loop at the top. Gently (and evenly) pull the two short ends down to “tie” your rya knot.

step 8| after all your new fringe knots are in, you can decide if you want to remove the old knots or just leave them behind the new for added volume. If you remove the old knots, make sure to do it carefully so as to not disturb your weave too much.

How to Change Fringe in a Finished WeaveIf you’re interested in my woven stripes technique, you can find that here.

Was this post helpful? Do you have a weave that you’ll try this on? Feel free to let me know of any others issues you might be having. Hopefully I can help.

Happy Weaving!

Kate

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