Grab a Ham
Pitfalls: None (just don't fall on the way to get it!)
I have a bunch of hams acquired over the years. All you need is one. I like the long narrow one for sleeves when making fringe, but it does not matter in the least for this particular fringe.
For this trim, I happen to have on hand a suitable base with some modifications. This was purchased because it has the look of the foundation of many 18th century trims.
It is not made of silk, the down side, but rather man made fibers. The upside is that it looks right, which is really all we can ask.
In order for this trim to work the way I want, the snail part has to be removed. A small snip. A pull. Bye Bye snail, hello foundation.
Tie the Knots
Pitfalls: Not enough silk in your fans.
Cutting fans too long.
Making fans too far apart.
Making fans too darn big!
Strand your silk, thread your blunt tapestry needle and get going. I am using Au ver a Soie-Soie Ovale, four strands all together.
Tie a knot. Leave a 1/2 inch tail. Thread the needle thru the trim. Tie another knot, leave a 1/2 inch tail. Trim as needed. I like my fans to be no more than 3/8 inch long after the knot. Even smaller if I am making 3 fan or 5 fan flies.