Knotted Fringe

First determine how much fringe you’ll want to make. For absolute uniformity, you can mark a line of dots along the edge where the needle will come up. I have not done that for my sample because I was more interested in the mechanics than the placement lines, but make sure you are HAPPY with the placement before beginning. Once that’s done, step 1 is to cut the threads you will need to length.

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Pongee

Pongee, like most silks, originates from China. The word even is very Chinese, the etymology of which is penchi, meaning woven at home, or home loom (Fairchilds, p. 474). This is another plain woven silk, but rougher, with a homespun feel to it, versus the fineness of China Silk. Fairchild’s also reports that this is woven in the gum. I hazard to guess what this means as no specific definition is given, but my supposition is that the silk is only mildly washed or not washed at all, prior to weaving. This supposition is supported by the crisp hand of Pongee silk.

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Week 9: The Artist's Way

Week 9 is recovering a sense of compassion—for yourself, for your unfinished projects, for who you are and where you are as an artist. The biggest assignment was writing out frustrations and fears with a project, either one already begun or one in the still thinking about it phase. So I wrote about the pattern making project. I’m brand new to pattern making, and I started the project because I have a lot of clothes I want to make and nothing currently existing that suits my needs.

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