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« on: August 31, 2008 01:55:48 PM »

How do you all tie off your weaving projects?  Do you just tie the ends and that is it?  That is what I am doing and I think it looks fine, but I'm wondering if that is a weaver's no no!

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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2008 07:22:19 AM »

Knotting your ends is perfectly acceptable and people do it all the time!   Wink  Sometimes I tie off/knot my ends, and sometimes I hemstitch, which is easiest to do when the loom is still under tension.  I LOVE hemstitching, just because when you're done, you take your piece off the loom, and you are **done**.  Very satisfying!   Cheesy

Here's a video showing the technique: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHBKqG2Do2I
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2008 07:33:36 AM »

You can tie small groups of warp and make fringe. You can twist the fringe into small bundles and twist two bundles in the opposite direction, and immediately tie off to keep it from untwisting. I am still drinking my coffee so names are escaping me, but this can look really good. You can also braid the fringe.
After you have fringe, you can lace it together in interesting ways. I had some that I arranged so that twists crossed each other and then I knotted the twists, stuck on a giant bead that both twist went through, and continued the crossing pattern. It ended up extending the weave so that the shawl was a few inches longer which it really needed.
You can also use a sewing machine and zig-zag over the end of the weave. I have only sewn one thing that I wove, and I used a heck of a lot of woven iron-on interfacing to make sure there was no unravelling. I did end up with a purse that has absolutely no fringe. People who had seen the weaving asked where I got the fabric for the purse.
There is also hemstitching, which I have only managed once or twice.

So my answer is - yes there are other things you could do, yes there are times you should try other things because they are fun or will suit your work better and no you don't have to learn anything more complicated than what you are doing now if you don't want to.
Gee - I took so long writing my answer, someone else beat me to it. The video reminds me. Go to the library and check out almost any book on weaving. It will have some basic instructions on fringes, hems and such.
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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2008 06:35:24 AM »

All of the above....plus you can use a serger and serge the edge.  I like this as it cuts and sews the edge at the same time.  I use this mostly for material that will be sewed into something else.
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