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Date: 3/27/12 11:07 AM

I've been looking online and have not been able to find instructions for making fringe. Specifically looking for the fringe found on Spanish shawls, also if there is a recommended twine to use with it.

I just finished rayon tassels and it was such a nightmare to keep the knots tight, I had to resort to switching the knotted areas out with cotton so that they wouldn't "relax" and untie. Of course I don't want to use cotton as fringe because it doesn't move as nicely.

Any recommendations are appreciated.. thank you!

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Date: 3/27/12 5:07 PM

A quick check of Spanish shawl examples seems to indicate that many of them are made with silk or rayon floss attached to the body and then worked in a macramé pattern.

There's a simpler version that uses the standard "pull the fringe strands through with your crochet hook,' but adds instructions for tying neighboring fringes together to make things a little fancier than usual.
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Date: 3/27/12 6:41 PM

That bridal shawl is lovely. It looks like a rayon ribbon in that example, I did my tassel with rayon embroidery floss and it really fought the knot. I finished the tassel at night and when I came down the next morning they had untied. The ribbon looks like a better idea, now I have to find that.

I had been thinking about this type of fringe but this looks like a cording, probably silk? which will hold the knot better but will be expensive. Maybe I should sacrifice some silk for thin spaghetti straps .

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Date: 3/27/12 10:55 PM

Gosh, what a gorgeous shawl that one is!

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Date: 3/28/12 2:16 PM

a couple of things come to mind -
1. instead of an overhand knot for the inner rows, use a square knot, and on the last row, when you make the overhand knot, put the rayon through the loop an extra time. There is a name for the knot when you do this but it escapes me now.
2. run a few loose hand stitches through the last row of knots or use a bit of fray stop in each knot

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Date: 3/28/12 2:20 PM

You've put me on the right track, I googled "Knotted fringe" and found these instructions. It looks like I'll be able to complete it pretty easily this way.

knotted fringe

Feast your eyes on these babies, search terms are really important, these are under Mantones espanolas (spanish embroidered shawls).

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Date: 3/28/12 2:20 PM

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-- Edited on 3/28/12 2:20 PM --

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Date: 3/28/12 2:58 PM

Thanks justgail, you reminded me I have a macrame book from the 70's when my mother used to make hanging pot holders (which I almost donated in the last decluttering explosion). It has a section on knots. I think it might be a square knot that you''re talking about. It's clear I need to do a little studying here.

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