I never saw the need to get a fringe twister until I read the thread at WeaveTech last December and I managed to buy one from Georgeann Curran.
It looks like this with cute little sheep.
Today I have used it for the first time on my finished scarves and wow it works like a treat, all fringes are the same now. Much faster and the choice of using 2 or 3 strands.
I've experimented on one of my samples to see how I wanted my fringes to look. I thought to make lots of little ones as the scarves are so airy but by seeing the result I choose a fringe double the size that I original thought of.
From left to right: first 4 are 8 threads divided in 3 strands. The next 2 are 16 threads divided over 3 strands. Next 1 is 16 threads divided in 2 strands. The last 6 on the right are 8 threads divided over 2 strands. I went for the 16 threads divided over 3 strands. The difference between 2 or 3 strands was a much tighter fringe with 3.
This is how I did it:
I spread out the scarf and put a heavy book over the width. The part where I'm working on a fringe I add a heavy object, I like to use this glass vase for weight. Now I can pull on the threads without the scarf moving. First I find the right amount of threads, in this case I go by the colour groups that I used in the warp. Next I clipped the 3 strands in the twister and twisted 25x which I found just right for this fine cotton.
Next I unclipped the twisted strands and twisted them together the other way around. Fringe finished. This I did to both scarves. With the twister this was a job done fast and without ending up with cramp in the fingers from twisting by hand what I had always done before I had this twister.
The scarves are washed and are drying now. I cannot wait to see how they will be when dry. The 2nd scarf is much shorter, I hope it has not shrunk to much wet finishing it. I will find out tomorrow!