Rya knots are one way to add fringe to your piece. Rya is typically found at the bottom of a wall hanging but it can also be used throughout the piece to create really great texture.
Making the Rya Bundles
- Weave a couple of rows of Plain Stitch or Twill Stitch as a base to tighten your knots against.
- Count how many warp threads you want to cover. Depending on the thickness or amount of yarn you plan to use for the fringe you will need to divide the warp threads into sets of 2 or more, this is how you will know how many strands of yarn to use. Example: If I am using a medium weight yarn I will typically use 4 strands of yarn per 2 warp threads.
- Once you know how many strands you need, cut that many strands at a length twice as long as you want your fringe to be (because it will be folded in half). TIP: Find a book, piece of cardboard, or anything that is the length you want your fringe to be and use that to wrap around so you can cut your yarn quickly.
Making the Rya Knot
Now that you have your yarn you can start making knots!
- Grab enough strands of yarn for one knot. Make sure all of the ends are lined up.
- Take one end of the bundle and warp it around the right warp thread so that the ends of the yarn are coming through the middle of the pair of warp threads.
- Take the other end of the bundle and wrap it around the left warp thread coming again through the middle.
- Gather the two ends of the bundle and align all the yarn ends.
- Gently pull the bundle ends downward to tighten your knot. TIP: Put a finger through the loop as you tighten to control the tension.
- Continue these steps until you have made all of your rya knots.
I suggest waiting until your piece is finished and off the loom before you trim the fringe.
Rya Knot Inspiration Gallery
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