A new small cloth emerged in the last days. Just to stitch. And I'm calling it Holding Steady between Regret and Expectation. Which might be story enough. But I will talk about it later.
I found myself playing with raw edges, maybe just a reflection of being a bit frazzled myself.
One of the easiest way to get a fringe is to use the natural edge of cloth itself.
Just tearing cloth makes a nice soft composition. The tearing process itself creates a fringe by pulling the threads and shredding them a bit past a clean cut. You can also cut cloth into shapes, and safety pin them to a larger base cloth before running them through a washer (lest they get lost) to get a soft shaped edge. A video here from way back shows some results. (From this post)
Ragged cut edge applique is popular these days. I think it seems easier, no turning of edges. Also the culture that has emerged around mending and boro has freed many (the less patient) from trying to be so neat and move towards more of the collage method of composing with cloth. When it comes to deciding between turned and ragged, well, I choose according to what works well at the moment. What functions, what needs to be expressed. What creates the image I need. Having developed the skill to turn gives me the freedom to choose one or the other.
I do enjoy the raw edge as an expression of the nature of the cloth itself. As well as experimenting with different levels of ragged instead of just a cut, I do often take extra care to keep the ragged in place and integrate it more into the surface of the piece.
Here's some chat about that:
I will round up some of the other natural fringe videos I've made over the years and add them, in addition to these, to Feel Free. Soon.