Fringe twisting tools and hints
Hi guys, I've started a thread to put photos and comments on fringe twisters. I'll start with my 3 tools, 2 twist, 3 twist and 4 twist. I've learned that when I see a beautiful fringe twister to buy it. My 2 twist I bought at Rhinebeck years ago and have never seen it again. It feels good in the hand and is nice to look at. The 3 twist was in a friends studio and I inherited it after she passed away. The 4 twist I have seen in stores recently and is available. I am sorry I don't know the vendors for these.
I've found that it depends on the fiber as to which twister I use. I do have to go slow and someone brought up the point of keeping the pinchers even. It works so much better if you do take your time and pay attention to the twist head alignment.
I do have arthritis in my thumbs so even thought it takes me longer I do use the twisters. I think it depends on your hands as to whether you use tools or use your hands to create your fringe.
Another item I pay attention to when I am planning a project is how I will group the fringe. This involves counting the warp threads and knowing how I will group them. I am not above to cheating and tossing a one or two extra in the fringe but I prefer to know how many warp threads I am securing so I may distribute my fringe groups so they are pleasing to the eye.