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    How do ya'll do the fringe on your shawls? I have no idea as to how it is supposed to be done, and I think I have messed up. I sewed it into the hem, with the fringe hanging down, but it looks a little odd... any help is more than welcome! Thanks!
    Throughout life we will all be lead our separate ways... we just need to remember that the center of the universe doesn't move and that God's will shall be lived even if we don't want to go on that particular path.

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    Is there any way you can post a pic? That will help us look at it, then decide what you can do from there! It may simply be it needs to be washed, and hung or even ironed! Sometimes that helps. Without seeing it, it is hard to say what might be wrong, if anything! Don't be so hard on your self!
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    • #3
      I don't have any way to post a picture, but I guess I could try it out at a Pow wow this weekend... Thank you for your help!:11:
      Throughout life we will all be lead our separate ways... we just need to remember that the center of the universe doesn't move and that God's will shall be lived even if we don't want to go on that particular path.

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      • #4
        Generally you would cut 2 pieces of fringe, about 28"long (so that they hang aout 14" when attached)and attach them with either a crochet hook or large eye needle to the hem of your shawl. Place them about 3/4" apart. It is easier to measure the underside of the hem, so your spacing is consistant. I prefer the long chainette fringe to the spool myself, hate all that unwrapping and cutting.

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        • #5
          chainette sures makes it easier, but still use the spool.

          my lil sis made my last shawl though, so i'm slacking a little, she used flat fringe and sewed it on. somehting i haven't done myself(horrible sewer)!:)
          Well will wonders never cease.....

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          • #6
            I like to use shoestring (flat with ridges)fringe on shawls. It flows really nice and is heavy so that it moves on its own and you don't have to look like a hobbyist flipping your arm to make your fringes flow.LOL Regular fringe, use a hook and awl, that's how my mom does it. Don't put it too far apart or you get that hobbyist look again. Don't sew it on, that looks fake. Put your time into it. I use the awl and hook with my flat fringe too. You can order flat fringe from any indian store, but I get all of mine from NYC. They have all colors and shiny stuff (not streamers, or plastic) in their fringe. I guess you can order anywhere, though.

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            • #7
              The easiest way that I've found to fringe a shawl is to poke holes aoubt 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch around your hemmed shawl and then using a #6 crochet hook (sometimes it helps to sharpen the end by rubbing it back and forth on concrete a few times), pull 2 pieces of 28" long fringe (cut from the spool), through the hole, even the ends and tie the knot. I like my fringe to be thick and on an average sized shawl I'll use about a spool and a half.

              The great thing about using a sharp awl to set your holes is that you can really shorten the time it takes to fringe a shawl -- the holes are already in place, you don't have to struggle with a needle or poking the crochet hook through the material.
              Pony

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              • #8
                Since there are many different ways, depending on your preference, I'll share my design....

                Once the material is hemmed all around, I take a disappearing ink pen and make dots 3/4" apart all the way around on three sides. Then I take a small knife and make a small slice at each dot. Then using a crochet needle take 27" or 34" strips of ribbon (2 at a time) and feed through the bottom of the hole and pull up through the top and then loop and tie into a knot, while keeping the ribbon even. This allows for a fuller and more beautiful shawl, in a shorter amount of time. I prefer and use 1/16" ribbon on short spools, it is alittle more expensive than chainette, but well worth it!

                Many Blessings,
                September

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                • #9
                  Shawl Fringe

                  Hello Everyone,
                  I am making my first shawl too.Is there a certain way that the fringe is tied,when you pull it through the hem?

                  walkstheruggedpath
                  Last edited by walkstheruggedpath; 03-18-2003, 02:39 PM.
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                  • #10
                    A lot more time and a little more experience...

                    Hey!! Thank ya'll for all the help!!! I had to redo what I had done, but it turned out great! I'm glad that it took forever, even though at the time I got tired of knots. I talked to my friends and they helped me a lot with color choice and fringe types, their responses were the same as ya'll's for the most part. What I ended up doing was taking my fringeless shawl and a crochet hook (#9 I think... not sure) and cutting a spool of fringe to 24 inches in length. I used one strand for each time I pushed the hook through the cloth, but they were each 1/4 inch apart, so it is pretty fully fringed. I got to dance with it for the first time a couple of weeks ago and am in love with it!!! I have also helped make another shawl, and I used a different knot on each of the two shawls because the friend I was helping wanted something different. On mine I used a simple overhand knot, and my friend used a figure-8. The figure-8 is a little more complex, and looks pretty much the same unless you're staring at the composition of it.
                    Thanks for all of the offered advice... and hopefully I've been some help to you! :)
                    Throughout life we will all be lead our separate ways... we just need to remember that the center of the universe doesn't move and that God's will shall be lived even if we don't want to go on that particular path.

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                    • #11
                      easy

                      I like getting that already made fringe. Makes it soo easy
                      Just sew it right on. Also you can dye it colors if they dont have the right color.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by STATE
                        I like to use shoestring (flat with ridges)fringe on shawls. It flows really nice and is heavy so that it moves on its own and you don't have to look like a hobbyist flipping your arm to make your fringes flow.LOL Regular fringe, use a hook and awl, that's how my mom does it. Don't put it too far apart or you get that hobbyist look again. Don't sew it on, that looks fake. Put your time into it. I use the awl and hook with my flat fringe too. You can order flat fringe from any indian store, but I get all of mine from NYC. They have all colors and shiny stuff (not streamers, or plastic) in their fringe. I guess you can order anywhere, though.
                        Where in NYC do you get the fringe? Would you please pm me the address and phone. thanks
                        "Some of ya biggest haters are really ya biggest admirers. Their pride and fear won't allow them to tell ya the truth!" Litefoot

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                        • #13
                          Could you just post the address to the place in NY that you get the fringe? I would think that many other peolple would like that information. Thank you
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                          • #14
                            Two color fringe on a shawl?

                            Originally posted by lpchica View Post
                            How do ya'll do the fringe on your shawls? I have no idea as to how it is supposed to be done, and I think I have messed up. I sewed it into the hem, with the fringe hanging down, but it looks a little odd... any help is more than welcome! Thanks!
                            I like the fringing part itself but fringing the needle is hard when one has near sight vision. I'm gonna do the fringe again on my shawl like when I was 13.
                            My mother can't do it I just ask her to thread the needle and then I'll just go from there!
                            (I wish my grandmother had given me more information about the creek tribe)
                            So now my turn lol....I'm watching the southern cloth video and it looks like some of the women have two different color fringes. my questions are:
                            1) is that appectable in southern cloth?
                            2)if its a solid color like say red should I just leave it at that?
                            thanks

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