Schacht Office Inkle Challenge – Fringy Jean Trim

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Fringy Jean Trim – Designed and woven by Jane Patrick

This design appeared in my Inkle Weaving A to Z video published by Interweave Press.

This perky trim looks trickier to weave than it actually is. It requires two shuttles, one weaving the band and the other carrying the supplementary fringe weft, which gets caught every 3/4” by a pair of warp threads. The supplementary fringe weft is left looped during weaving and trimmed afterwards to the desired length.

Size: 5/8” wide (with fringe, 7/8” wide) X 36” long (cut in half for two pant leg trims). Adjust accordingly for your particular pants. Measure the circumference and then add 20% and at least 16” for loom waste.

Warp and weft:  DMC Pearl cotton #5. 14 yards (1 skein) #778 pink, 16 yards (1 skein) #744 yellow, 32 yards (2 skeins) #3371 dark brown, 3.5 yards (1 skein) #902 wine, 32.5 yards (2 skeins) #794 pale blue. Use dark brown for the weft and 10 strands of pale blue for the supplementary fringe weft.

Note: There are 27.3 yards (25m) per DMC #5 skein.

Equipment: Schacht inkle loom, 2 belt shuttles, Aleene’s OK to Wash It, sewing thread and needle, scissors, sewing gauge.

Warp Color Order:H                         O                                   2x   2x

Note: You will begin and end in a heddle.

Warp Length: I warped the shortest length on this loom, 63”. The length required for this project is 60” which allows 20% take-up and 16” loom waste.

Number of Warp Ends: 29

Picks Per Inch: 14

Jeans with the trim

Weaving: Wind two shuttles, the first with 1 strand of dark brown and the other with 10 strands of pale blue. To avoid breaks in the pale blue weft, measure each pale blue strand 104” long then wind them together on the shuttle. Using the dark brown, weave plain weave for an inch and then begin your pattern. Weave as follows:

  • Up
  • Pick-up the two center wine threads
  • Down, holding the picked up threads up weave with the background (dark brown) shuttle.
  • Still holding up the wine threads, insert the shuttle with the blue supplementary weft yarn under the two wine threads, leaving a 2” tail.
  • Weave up, down, up, down, up, down
  • Repeat

Detail of the trim on the jeans pant leg.

Note: Each time you insert the supplementary weft shuttle, leave a loop that curves outside the band width about 1/4”.

Finishing: Remove the band from the loom and wash it by hand in hot water before cutting the loops. Air dry and then press on the wrong side. Cut the loops with sharp scissors, trimming to the desired length. Cut the band in half. Use fabric glue such as Aleene’s OK to Wash It to secure the band to the bottom of your jeans. Overlap the ends at the inside seam.

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Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960's and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.