“Frank has got a very bad cough, for an Austen; but it does not disable him from making very nice fringe for the drawing-room curtains.”
Jane Austen to Cassandra
Southampton, February 20, 1807
The Frank mentioned here was Jane Austen’s sailor brother with whom she, her sister Cassandra, their mother and friend, Martha Lloyd lived for a time before settling in at Chawton cottage. When Naval officers were not at sea, they would be home receiving half-pay and no doubt longing to set sail again. From this letter dated 1807, we can see that Frank made the best of his enforced landing by using his knotting skills to improve the drawing-room curtains. Certainly not a bad way to employ oneself when laid up with a cough.
Knotted fringe is actually quite easy to make and can be a lovely addition to any number of projects.
The first thing you must decide is whether your project requires the addition of fringe or whether the fringe can be knotted from existing strands. The first technique is demonstrated below. Instructions can also be foundhere, courtesy of Fiber Images.
The second option, that of loosing warp (horizontal) threads leaving the remaining woof (veritcal) threads hanging. One crafter writes, “Measure out how long you want the fringe to be and mark that measurement with a line of stiching. Then draw out the threads up