As promised I have another weaving concept to share with you from this blue organic weave I made. If you’ve been reading my posts a lot, you may have noticed that I usually weave upside down, or top to bottom. I like working in this way because I feel like it gives me more freedom to decide on what fringe I want after I have completed the main body of my weave.
That doesn’t mean everyone has to weave in this way, if you like to start with the fringe and work your way up, then do it!
While weaving this weave my intention was to have a simple warp thread fringe, which means I would just secure my weave with the hem stitch and then let my warp threads hang long under my weave. However, when I finished my weave, I liked it better with the bottom of the weave remaining the part that was facing me. This was a problem, because as you can see if this picture below I only had maybe 2 inches of warp thread, and I wanted really long warp threads hanging down. Here is how I fixed my issue:
step 1| I wove a hem stitch to secure my weave on top and bottom.
step 2| I figured out the length that I wanted my warp fringe to be, then cut warp threads to twice that length. I then pulled down my hem stitch and rya knotted one warp thread per hem stitch. I made the rya knots on the back of the weave, because the front part of the rya knot shows more and I wanted this to be almost invisible.
step 3| I pulled the rya knot tails down through the hem stitch weave with my tapestry needle, so that they aligned with the true warp threads. And then pushed my hem stitch tight against the rest of the weave, doing my best to hide my warp thread rya knots.
step 4| Next I cut the weave off the loom, you can see how I finished and hung the top here. On the bottom, I took the cut warp threads and pulled them through the back of the weave. Leaving the rya knot fake warp threads hang.
step 5| I then tied the rya knot warp threads in a knot right under the hem stitch to make sure they were secure. This is not a completely necessary step since the weave would have held, but I wanted to tie it off.
step 6| on the back side of the weave, I then tied together four of the true warp threads with a knot and then trimmed the edges. This completely finished off the bottom of my weave.
This technique can work, if you’re weaving on a smaller loom, that wouldn’t leave you with a lot of extra warp threads. This is also useful if you want a warp fringe that is a different color then the warp threads you wove on.
Have you tried a warp fringe on your weaves before? What do you think of the look? Do you prefer a fuller fringe on weaves? I really like a lot of fringe on weaves, but for this weave, it just would have taken away from the design so the simple fringe fits it better.
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