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1. Cut two 8”x2 yd. pieces of water-soluble stabilizer. Set one piece aside and lay the other on a flat surface. If your table is not long enough, place stabilizer onto wood or tile floor.
2. Cut yarn pieces that are at least 2 yds. long and place them on top of the stabilizer in parallel rows, leaving some space between rows. Add five to seven pieces of each of the yarns or more as desired. Leave a ½” seam allowance along each long edge of stabilizer.
3. Fill in spaces between yarns with narrow ribbons and baby rickrack; all pieces must be at least 2 yds. long. Add a few pieces of metallic and neon floss as desired for a pop of color. When stabilizer is completely covered, go back and add a few more pieces of yarn here and there to bring some texture to top. Separate long narrow wisps of fiber from wool roving and place them randomly on top of ribbon and yarn.
4. Carefully place second piece of water-soluble stabilizer on top as shown. Add a few pins to secure layers.
5. Thread sewing machine with 50 wt. sewing thread in coordinating color. Insert matching bobbin and select center needle straight stitch with 2.5 mm stitch length.
6. Use fabric pen to draw line on both short edges of the stabilizer at the point where you want fringe to start. Sew along two long edges first. Sew right at the very edge, making sure to keep yarn and ribbons inside stabilizer. Start and stop at marked lines for fringe.
7. Sew across one short edge on the marked line until you reach the outer sewn line. Pivot 90 degrees away from fringe, keeping the needle down in the fabric and sew ¾” – 1” on the border stitching line. Stop, pivot 90 degrees again and sew back across scarf to the opposite border stitching line. The new stitching should be parallel to the first row. Repeat this process, going back and forth across the scarf until the entire piece is filled with rows of horizontal stitching. Use same method to sew vertical rows ¾”-1” apart until entire piece resembles a grid pattern. Sew around all four sides of the scarf, sewing over previous stitches. Don’t worry if stitching is not perfectly straight or even.
8. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to dissolve water-soluble stabilizer. After rinsing thoroughly, let the scarf soak in warm water with a touch of Dawn Dish Soap for 10-15 minutes. (If you have hard water, extra soaking time may be necessary.) Carefully squeeze and blot excess water from scarf after final rinse. Hang or lay flat to dry. Trim ends of fringe to a uniform length.