fringe will remain nice and white. If necessary, white liquid shoe polish can be added for a bright white color or a “slick” look if you so desire.
10-A. Alternate Method of Rolling Buckskin Fringe*:
Another excellent method of making rolled buckskin fringe is the same as that used for making sinew bow strings (Figures 20-22). I suggest that you try both methods and use the one that works best for you. This method is not difficult, although like the other technique, it will take a little practice to twist both halves of the buckskin evenly. Simulated sinew is a good item to use to practice this method before using actual buckskin, as it rolls in a similar manner and is very inexpensive.
Assuming you are right handed, hold the tab (the end that is not split apart) between the thumb and forefinger of the left hand. Grasp the upper side of the buckskin piece between the fingers of your right hand, within a couple of inches of your left hand, and twist it clockwise as shown in Figure 20. When it is tight, hold it between the thumb and forefinger of the right hand, and using the little finger and ring finger of the same hand, reach under and grasp the other side of the fringe piece as shown in Figure 21. Twist your right hand counterclockwise and use the fingers of the left hand to secure the twist that is put into the fringe as in Figure 22. Repeat the process with the other half of the fringe, and so on until it is completely twisted. Quite simply, what is being done is to twist the individual halves clockwise, and to twist them around each other counterclockwise. This wraps them upon themselves so they will not unravel.
After you have completed the twisting all the way to the end, it is usually not even necessary to secure the ends, although you might want to put a small dab of white glue on to keep them together while you smooth and size them as described in Step 11.
* Adapted with permission from Jim Hamm, Bows & Arrows of the Native Americans, Bois d´™Arc Press, Goldthwaite, TX, 1989.
11.”Chalk Line” Fringe:
As an alternative to rolling buckskin fringe, a twisted cotton cord is sometimes used as an inexpensive