Knotted Fringe

This was another lesson that was surprisingly easy. The hardest part was threading the stupid needle with the threads flying everywhere. So let’s get started.

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.

Step one

Step one

Next, thread the needle with 3 to 4 strands of the cut threads. As I was using the same rayon threads as from the tassel post, I found that threading the needle was easier once I had wet the strands with some water. Once the needle is threaded, pull the threads through the fabric, making sure to even the ends so they hang level from the end of the fabric. Pull the needle off the thread, and knot the two ends of the thread together, pulling the knot snug against the edge of the fabric.

First knot done!

First knot done!

Keep adding thread in this manner to the hemline (or decorative line) until you have completed the row. Next, take half of the fringe at one knot and knot it to half the fringe of the knot next to it. Keep going until all the knots are completed on this second line. If you have loose fringe at the end of the row, knot it by itself.

Knot half to half all the way down

Knot half to half all the way down

And with that, we are out of chapter 2, Tailored Buttonholes, Buttons, and Trimmings. Next week, we start Chapter 3, Tailored Pockets. But for now, here is the how to video.