Summer Chic Halter Top
Whew, it's been a while since I wrote a blog post! I've been busy with sprang projects, I just haven't had time to compile any of them into a presentable blog post.
So even though I have many fun projects to share from the last few months, I am going to bypass those to share a project I just finished this week because I am so excited about it!
I had been playing around with intertwining and decided that intertwining would make a really lovely halter top. I knew I wanted to make the neckline gathered through the end loops, which meant that I would have to cut the middle and create two pieces from my warp.
My first draft came out a bit too narrow, so I rewarped a bit wider and am super happy with the outcome of my second warp.
Here are the details on this fun top:
I started with a warp of about 7x40 inches.
I added four loops of red, two on one side of the warp and two on the other. I wasn't particularly careful about where I placed these loops as I wasn't too fussed about how they would look. When I say loop, I mean that I stopped warping the green yarn and added a loop around both dowels of the red. I then tied the red to it's self to create a single loop of yarn around the dowels and then continued warping the green yarn.
I worked basic intertwining throughout the whole warp allowing the red to naturally move across the warp.
When I had about five or six inches left in the middle of the warp I removed it from my loom and started cutting and braiding the fringe.
Braiding the fringe was probably the hardest part of this project because I had difficulty in finding a comfortable position. Ultimately I took a lap board and leaned it up against my desk and laid my warp out on it.
I cut one set of four threads at a time, as this would be the most organized way to create the braids.
I braided each set in a four thread braid before moving on.
I only cut one set at a time to minimize any unraveling of the intertwining. This really makes a big difference in how clean the finished braids look.
I braided a long cord of the red yarn and threaded it through both sets of end loops to make the straps.
I sewed up about two inches on each side to finish the assembly of the top.
Here are a few more pictures of the finished top!
I hope this inspires you to try making this quick and fun top yourself!
Want to try it but your intertwining skills are rusty (or non-existent)? Here is a basic tutorial on how to do intertwining sprang.