How to Salvage Your Selvages
Mary Ray’s article from Threads #174 (August/September 2014) includes nine helpful tips that will have you looking at selvages in a whole new way.
A good selvage is like a bonus with your fabric purchase. Most of the time, sewers use selvages as references to ensure we’re placing patterns on the fabric’s straight grain, and then we cut them off and toss them. Selvages can be so much more, however, whether used for structural support, as embellishment, or as a source of inspiration.
Some selvages are unobtrusive, narrow, and woven a little tighter with stronger yarns than the rest of the fabric, while some are much fancier, with multicolored yarns, woven patterns, or feathery edges-or sometimes all three. Once you start looking at selvages with a designer’s eye, you’ll see how useful they can be.
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