to cut these as evenly as possible in order to make the finished fringe an even diameter. If the thickness of the buckskin you are using varies along its length, the thinner end may need to be cut slightly wider than the thicker end, so you will need to experiment a little with this in order to get it right. Next, split each strip up the center to within 1/2″ of its end, thus leaving a small tab as shown inFigure 13. This can be done with scissors or using a straight edge and an X-acto knife or razor blade.
The next step can be done with the fringe either wet (damp) or dry, so try it both ways and use the method that works best for you. First, completely saturate the buckskin strip with water. Then squeeze out the excess water by running your fingers down the length, stretching it gently at the same time so as not to break it. Each piece should be treated uniformly so the fringe is evenly sized and not too thin or too thick when it is finished.
Grasp the tab of the fringe with the fingers of your left hand and lay the 2 “legs” of the fringe on your right thigh (Figures 14-19). With your right palm, begin rolling both pieces down your leg at the same time. As you do this, the end in your left hand will begin to twist by itself. Help it along and continue to roll with your right hand until the entire length is