Shawl Tutorial: Fringe Options

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This is going to be a short week, which is really good for me timing wise, I am away at side-saddle camp with my horse all week, so I'm not sure how often I will be able to check in.

Fringe is another place where you can have tons of fun! There are so many options here, we’re just going to cover some of them or we’d be here forever. One of the easiest options if you don’t have a ton of experience is chainette fringe. It comes in all sorts of lengths, from as short as 2” to 18”+. For me, the longer it gets the harder it has been to find a huge variety of shades. It is not impossible. it just depends on how much you are looking to spend. One kind of fringe that is really fun is beaded. You can find all sorts of designs and colors, with different bead patterns, the possibilities are endless.

Another option is to hand tie your own fringe. This allows for more freedom with length because you get to choose it.


A beaded fringe with a fun trim edge


For longer fringe, my absolute favorite site is Crazy Crow Trading Post.
Trims by the Yard has a much larger color selection but doesn't have as many long options.
I've used Dove Trims in the past but lately haven't been able to find what I'm looking for there as often.
As always, there is Etsy, I've had some really good luck with fringe there.

What kind of fringe are you thinking of? Do you have a length in mind?
 

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I posted my fringe option in the materials discussion--crocheted pineapple lace. I can add in *some* fringe, but I honestly think that any more trim notions, especially with how busy the fabric print is, will be a bit much. But, I like that the crochet trim automatically gives me space for hand tied fringe if I do so choose to do it later on.
 

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I like the look of hand tied fringe with a braided-type of trim on top of it (or maybe layered with/behind beads?), but I'm noticing that there aren't a lot of trim options in the color of green I prefer. Might be time to learn to tat or something. :cheeseeni:
 

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I think I might go for something with a little sparkle for the trim as the velvet I'm looking at for the front is beautiful but a little plain. I've seen some 14cm (~5.5in?) beaded fringe which I think would look good but I'm worried about how heavy it might be and it might be a tad pricey for Del's first shawl :look:
 

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I tat.......it will take a long time to make that much (far longer than hand tying it all). It looks nice but thread crochet would go faster tbh.
 

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ohhhh I really like the beaded fringe style in the first post....
 

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To be clear I don't mean the fringe itself, I mean a line of trim to go at the top of the fringe to hide where it's tied. And I said tat because I like the way it looks, but it'd probably be more like...macrame with really shiny, thin cords? :cheeseeni:
 

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Holy mother of pearl-edged fringe - I hit the jackpot! Thank you Etsy.... :rofl
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Do you all have any suggestions on how to match colors? I think I know what fabric I want to use, but not sure how to match the fringe color, as they are all online, pretty much... :scratch
 
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I have been keeping an eye on that one for years but haven't found a shade I like yet.
 

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I never thought about beaded fringe now, but it's all I can think about now :rofl
 

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The only way to truly match colors when buying online is to get a small swatch first (many folks will do this free or cheap) or have a set of Pantone color chips (assuming both you and the seller have some) as those are used for universal color matching.

You can also take a strip of your fabric and carefully fray it by pulling out threads until you are left with a fringe, which makes for really gorgeous color matching (especially if you have a shot fabric)
 

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Ooh the beaded fringes are so pretty! Maybe I will do that.
 

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I prefer to hand-fringe Shawls with individually cut strands of chainette. It takes more time, but at least I can do it while watching TV!

I usually order my chainette spools from Noc Bay Trading Company (www.nocbay.com) because their store is only about 4 hours from where I live.
 
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