The spinner in me has always wondered about one thing often said about fringe twisting.
Very often you see recommendations like "when you have twisted the two strands, make a knot and twist it 'backwards' until done", or "the battery-operated [...] is good, because you can make it go backwards too". I thought that the fringes would ply themselves until, not "done", but until "balanced", no matter what one tried to persuade them to do.
Finally, I had something to test it on - the experimental shawl (below)...: twisted two strands for about 60 turns, made a knot and let them ply themselves back in the blue part ot the fringe, twisted two strands for about 60 turns, made a knot and "force-plied" them back for 60 turns in the green band.
The 60-turns-plied-back fringes immediately un-plied themselves a bit when let free, but still looked tighter. Were, in fact - unplying one there were about 40-45 turns left of the "force-ply".
So I wet finished the piece - and... after wet finishing, there is no difference at all. There are about 34 "turns" in the second ply in both fringes.
Observations on fringe twisting
Posted by Kerstin på Spinnhuset at 08:10
Labels: 3-band shawl, fringe twisting
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