Sunday, August 7, 2011
Whittling Away the Pile
I weave some waste yarn to use as a cutting line, then roll the warp forward about 6" and weave in a few more picks of waste yarn. The waste yarn nearest the weaving gets cut away in small amounts - about 3 to 4 inches worth at a time - then gets pulled out. And then I twist all of the loose fringe before I pull out the next bit of waste yarn.
The book is an atlas and provides enough weight that I can pull against the cloth to keep the threads all nice and neatly in alignment while twisting. I use a small hand held twister (manual, not battery) that Doug built for me, and count how many twists per bout. If you can't be perfect, be consistent! After wet finishing I trim the wisps of the yarn away so that the fringe looks like it's beaded, not fuzzy.
It's a lovely day today with the sun shining brilliantly. Not too hot but finally, a taste of summer. And the lovely brilliant reds/oranges/yellows of this shawl are happy colours, too.
P. S. - did you know it takes fewer muscles to smile than frown? :)