As you may have noticed, I’m really into twisted cotton string lately. For me, I really love the texture of the string and I especially love to use it as a fringe for my weaves. I’ve found that if I un-twist some of the threads it adds a lot of texture.
For those of you who like cotton string too, you’ve probably found that un-twisting it is hard. Especially if it’s a long thread. I’m going to share my best techniques on how to un-twist your cotton string as a long fringe. Unfortunately the un-twisting takes a bit of time, but I’ve found some ways to kind of speed it up.
2|| If I get two groupings of strands, I’ll hold the one grouping straight with one hand and with the other hand I’ll start un-twisting the other grouping around the first grouping.
3|| If I don’t have a good grouping of strands, I’ll pull the strands apart in the middle, then put my finger through the hole I made and slowly bring it down the strand as my other hand un-twists the string.
I found out the hard way that the key to un-twisting the strands is to work the twist out, instead of just trying to pull the strings apart which may cause them to knot up. I had a few times when I tried pulling on the strings to get them apart “quicker” and that only made them harder to get apart.
It was too hard for me to capture all this on my camera so I’ve made a video of myself un-twisting a thread to better show what I’m talking about.
Have you used cotton string in your weaves? Have you tried un-twisting it and did you have any issues? I’m going to keep trying to find quicker ways to un-twist, because it can take a while.
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