Peggy’s Weaving Tips > How to cut yarn tails

This is my favorite method in weaving for cutting off the tails of weft yarns or tails from yarns used in darning or mending the cloth.Cut the tails about an inch long. Then, after finishing (washing), cut them flush with the cloth using rough cuts (feather the cut end of the yarn). Tapered cut ends will be less visible than a blunt cut; the thicker the yarn, the more important this method is. It allows the threads to do any shrinking into the cloth that they want to during washing. Rough cuts are less likely to come out of the cloth. Thread any fibers left on the tail into a tapestry needle and pull them into the cloth, so the cut is completely invisible. See Figures.

Making rough cuts

Cutting Yarn Tails A

Cutting Yarn Tails A

After finishing (washing), the tails should be cut flush with the cloth. Try to avoid a blunt cut–especially with fat yarns–the cut end will always show. Instead, feather the cut by taking little “nips” with the points of the scissors until there is no more left, or “sawing” the yarn on the sharp edge of one half of the scissors until it is just fluff or fibers. Then thread the tiny fibers in a tapestry needle and hide them in the cloth. To thread the tiny fibers into the needle, first “weave” the needle into the cloth with eye of the needle where the fibers are. Then put the fibers into the needle’s eye and pull out the needle–the fibers will disappear into the cloth. Note: a tapestry needle has a large eye and blunt point to make the job easy. See Figures. You can buy a machine knitter’s latch hook or a tiny hook made to mend knits; it is easier than threading a tapestry needle with something that is so short.

Cutting Yarn Tails B

Cutting Yarn Tails B

The above information can be found in “Weaving for Beginners” and Book 3: “Weaving and Drafting Your Own Cloth.”

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