Guest Author - Christine Dux
Instructions for adding fringe to a latch hook or cross stitch rug.
If you use 3.3 mesh, 3.75 mesh, or 5.0 mesh rug canvas, fringe can be added to your rug using a latch hook before hemming or binding your rug.
First, decide how long you would like the fringe on your rug to be. Experiment with different lengths before cutting all of the yarn.
Once you have determined how long you would like your fringe, take the length, multiply it by 2 and add about 3/4 of an inch for the knot. For example, if you would like the fringe to be 3 inches long:
2 X 3 = 6
6 + 3/4” = 6 3/4
For Metric, if you would like the fringe to be 7.62 centimeters:
2 X 7.62 = 15.24
15.24 + 1.9 centimeters = 17.15 centimeters
Decide how many pieces of yarn will be needed for the fringe in each hole of the rug canvas. The number of pieces used, will be determined by how bulky the yarn is and what looks the best to you. One or two pieces per hole generally works best.
Cut yarn to desired length. For tips on cutting yarn, see links below.
To hook the fringe:
If you are using more than one piece of yarn in each hole, make sure the ends of the yarn are lined up with each other. Using your latch hook, wrap the pieces around the hook and latch hook into each empty hole along the edge of the rug.
There are two ways to latch hook the fringe and each will give the knot a different look.
Option 1: Place the completed rug in front of you. The open hem where you would like to add the fringe should be at the top of the rug. Latch hook your fringe across the top of the rug.
Option 2: Place the completed rug in front of you. The open hem where you would like to add the fringe should be at the bottom of the rug. Latch hook your fringe across the bottom of the rug.
Note that the process of latch hooking is the same, but the knots look very different. Experiment with both, before adding all the fringe. My favorite for fringe is option 1.
Start at one end of the canvas and work your way across to the other end without skipping any holes. Pull each knot tight before going on to the next.
Trim as needed and your rug is ready to hem and bind.
Enjoy your rug!