Making Bullion Fringe

Fringes & Ropes and Cords & Traditional, 15th October 2013

Making bullion fringe is quite a laborious process – but I do get to spend the day in a fantastic old building

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.

One Comment

Susannah Sullivan

My name is Susannah and I am looking (without much luck) for 2 yards of gold bullion fringe that is 3/4″ in length. I need some for trimming a small, flag that I am making as a display. Would you be able to do such a custom order or do you know of anyone who could? If that’s to much of a hassle I could probably do a brush trim in a pinch. Also, how much would it cost to get it and then ship it to Oregon?
Thank you very much!