Round Midnight Stitching Adventures

DIY Tips: Cutting & Attaching Flat Fringe

  • For cutting the fringe I used a piece of illustration board but any heavy duty cardboard will do.  I marked mine as a cutting guide.  I used a pair of sharp scissors. 
  • Suggested Materials for attaching flat fringe are a rotary hole punch and a tapestry needle.
  • NOTE:  I’m creating a Google Presentation explaining my process.

The last couple of late night experiences has in deed been an adventure. I hear my Momma’s voice in my head saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!” I approached the task of attaching flat fringe with two awls, which were really pottery pin tools that I use in making quilted journals. After two hours I had attached four strands of flat fringe. This process works with chainette fringe but not with flat fringe. My solution was to pull out my rotary hole punch. My thinking, “If it works on leather, it will work on fabric!” Using the smallest die punch, I was able to punch and attach flat fringe along the right side of the shawl in three hours. Take away lessons: I will dye limited amounts of multiple colored cloth so that others can have a hand dyed shawl. The process of double dying cloth is time consuming and requires an investment in supplies. I don’t believe people are willing to pay several hundred dollars for a Native American Dance Shawl even if it is hand dyed. Attaching flat fringe is another time consuming investment. My creative energy needs to be spent dyeing cloth and making quilts.

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