I don’t often get asked for bullion fringe but as I have just made some I thought you might like to see the procedure involved. It is time consuming as I have to make and twist all the cord which I then weave up to make the fringe. Obviously I want to make the cords as long as possible, to minimise the number of joins, but there is also a practical limit in terms of both handling the threads and in where I can work. In theory you can make bullion outside, but as it needs to be a perfectly still day – wind plays havoc when you are trying to lay out 30 or 40 threads at a time – and low humidity – damp air means the bullion doesn’t hold the twist – there are very few days in the year where this is possible.
Luckily our small rural village has a beautiful old church which is only used twice a month for services. With a typical church layout it has a long narrow space between the font and the altar – perfect for making bullion. Although it can be very cold in mid-winter it is a lovely place to work and I seldom get disturbed which is useful when you are concentrating on counting the number of twists being put in to the cord.