Fringes and Finishing

Finish your cloth correctly and with style from fringe to wet-finishing. Learn how to hemstitch and create fancy fringes from braids to twizzling to your handwoven cloth.

Wet-finishing is one of those weaving-techniques that will transform your weaving.

To the (Wet) Finish Line!

You know what’s scary? Dipping your first ever handwoven baby into water for the first time. My heart was actually pounding this morning as I held my suddenly very flimsy-feeling twill alpaca scarf over the sink of warm water. Would my tucked-in weft ends really stay put, or would they unravel, leaving giant gaps in…

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Finishing Fundamentals for Your Weaving Masterpiece

    Adding the finishing touches to your weaving project is much like adding delicious frosting or decorative sprinkles to a cake. Image source: pixabay.com Sara Bixler Contributor, Weaving Today weavingtoday.com Seems to me that there are very few things in life that are exceptional without putting in a little extra work to finish them…

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The Next Step

I still remember the first time I wet-finished my first "real" weaving project. It was a set of 4 cottolin towels and I was so scared it was going to go wrong (looking back, I'm not sure what disaster was going to befall me) I only wet-finished one "just in case." Today I can wet-finish…

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Confessions of a Thrum Hoarder

    Leftover thrums from weavingproject past.   I started weaving on a rigid-heddle loom. I loved how quick and easy it was to warp, how much fun it was to do hand-manipulated designs, and how little loom waste I would have at the end of each project. There might be a few inches cut…

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Figuring Out How to Finish

It feels like I haven’t written something on my rigid-heddle weaving exploits in forever. I’ve gotten to experience the joys of winter with some pipes freezing and bursting, my apartment completely flooding, and getting to live out of boxes for a while. Fun! Unfortunately that meant my little Cricket loom and all my lovely yarn…

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4-Strand Braid Edging

These are the instructions for the 4-strand braid edging used by Beverly Weaver in her “Hit and Miss” Sari Silk Runner from the January/February 2014 issue of Handwoven. It’s a wonderful, elegant way to finish rugs, runners, and other handwoven cloth.  ***SORRY, THIS AWESOME CONTENT IS FOR SITE MEMBERS ONLY! But, it’s never too late…

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Why Not Knot?

Why use the traditional hemming stitch when there is a secure, attractive, and versatile alternative—the knotting stitch? My first woven sample, my largest tapestries, my most delicate silk shawls, and my linen lace weaves have all been finished with an embroidery stitch, called a coral knot or twisted chain stitch, adapted for working on warp…

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The Wonders of Wet-Finishing

Laura Fry is a longtime contributor to Handwoven, a master weaver, and an expert and dedicated researcher into the science of wet-finishing of fabric. She is the author of the definitive work on wet-finishing, Magic in the Water. Here she is to tell you why wet-finishing really is a magical step in the weaver's process.…

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Finishing Touches

Go into any museum that exhibits old textiles, pull out your magnifying glass or loupe, and prepare to have your hat pop off at the wonder of the finishing details you’ll see there. The fabrics themselves may be awesome, but it’s the little hand-worked touches that amaze. So often a hem is not just a…

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Weaving and Waulking with Norman Kennedy

The Work of Weaving The first time we spoke, Norman Kennedy wasn’t entirely certain he wanted to do a video about spinning, weaving, and waulking.       Norman Kennedy established a weaving school near his home in rural Vermont.     Norman stands with the wedding blankets, which are drying on the line after…