Shed Stick/ paint stirring stick
Steps 1-3: Make a slip knot and slip onto the shed stick. Tighten the loop so that is tight, but it can still move on the stick, because you will be sliding the loops off of the stick at the end. Next, you will fill the shed stick with loops as in the single cast on method for knitting. See this link for how to do part one, substituting the shed stick for the knitting needle. When the stick is full of loops, cut the yarn from the ball, approximately 5 times the length of the shed stick and thread the tapestry needle with the tail end of the yarn.
|Make a slip knot|
|Slide slip knot onto shed stick and tighten the loop|
|Add loops to shed stick using the single cast on method|
|Add loops to fill the shed stick, and cut yarn and thread the tapestry needle|
Step 4: Now you will stitch through the small loops on the top of the stick in an "s" pattern. Insert the needle from right to left through the first loop and pull yarn through. Then insert it from left to right in the next loop and pull yarn through. Continue stitching alternating right to left and left to right to the end of the loops on the shed stick.
|Working in an "S" pattern, Insert needle from right to left|
|Insert needle from left to right in next loop|
|Continue stitching, alternating from right to left and left to right, until you reach the end of loops on the stick|
Step 5: Now you will over stitch over the small loops by inserting the needle from right to left in every small loop until you reach the other end of the loops. Make a knot in the last stitch to secure the stitching.
|Stitch over the small loops by inserting the needle from right to left in each small loop to end of loops|
|Make a knot in the last stitch by inserting the needle in the loop twice before tightening to secure the stitches|
Step 6: Gently slide the loops off of the shed stick, and weave the tail end into the small loops for about an inch, then cut off the tail end.
|Gently slide the loops off of the shed stick|
|Weave the tail end into the small loops about an inch and cut off the tail|
When you first remove the loops from the Shed Stick, they will be a straight fringe, then when you stretch it out slightly, the loops will come to life and become fuller.
Stay tuned for my post on how I use this trim in my weaving!