Neat and Nifty – Ironing Fringe

This week we have another tip for those of you that are particularly anal retentive. I’m showing you the finer points of ironing fringe.

The Process

Keeping all our strands going in the right direction is important! Ironing fringe is a simple three step process – you’ll need a wide toothed comb that doesn’t have any burrs on the teeth, so as to not snag the delicate fibers of the fringe. Start by taking a small section of fringe and combing it out on your ironing board. Then run the iron over it. Repeat the process 3 or 4 times, then lay the fringe flat, put the iron down on it near the “roots” and, applying medium pressure, grasp the fringe close to, but not above the point of attachment (we don’t want to rip the garment) and pull it out from under the iron. You’ll be amazed at the results! Once it’s ironed flat, give the untidy ends a trimming. Those unraveled fibers become more easily tangled than well groomed ones.

The Piano Shawl

Those beautiful shawls we’re wearing in this episode are vintage piano shawls. They were popular in the early part of the 20th century and were draped over grand pianos (hence the name), as well as beautiful women. The style was very bohemian, with a Spanish flair. You can still find these shawls in vintage stores, on eBay and Etsy. Many of them were embroidered with floral motifs in bright colors. Other’s were ombréd in rich colors like the orange one I’m wearing in the video. They can be quite pricey but are a fun accessory to have in your wardrobe. Sophia at DIY Fashion Sense gives us the skinny on the piano shawl, their history and uses.

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