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doing the twist

December 29, 2011

trying to finish a few small items to start the new year

needle cases, woven some time ago and never quite finished




I recycle thrums – the leftover warp yarns that are too short to be woven – to make  cords for tieing all sorts of things.




take a bundle of threads, knot  one end and loop over something strong and securely attached (I use my bobbin winder). Divide into 2 bundles and twist both tightly, until they twist back on themselves, in the same direction. Hold the free ends together and twist in the opposite direction.


The fringe twister, in the background, is a tool to do this for you but I don’t find it helpful when making short cords or fringes on scarves.


 I finish my scarves this way – after hem stitching them on the loom. They look neat for the life of the scarf, and for some reason I enjoy making them.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 30, 2011 1:23 am

    i don’t have a heart to throw away thrums so i try to find as many new lives for them as i can. needlecases from woven samples you’ve inspired me!!.


  2. December 29, 2011 7:13 pm

    Your finishing details are lovely!

    My blog is coincidentally called Thrums. Any of my left over silk thrums go to a friend who uses them to make her hand made paper.



  3. December 29, 2011 3:59 pm

    your finishes are exquisite. so are your needle cases!


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