Good Evening Everyone,
I just figured out how to attach two pieces of selvage together. I have been sewing them by hand. Which is time consuming and not very much fun. Now I splice them! Doesn't that just sound sexy? And it is too. As sexy as crafting can get. Here is how to do it.
First: One starts with a paper grocery bag of long strips of salvage that are perfectly good and can not be thrown out. Be very carful with these. I am convinced that they breed when unattended.
Second: Take one strip and make a small cut parallel with the sides of the selvage.
Third: Take the next strip and make a small cut parallel with the sides of the selvage.
Fourth: Insert the second strip into the slot of the first strip. See it really is sexy with the inserting and striping.
Fourth: Slip the end of the second strip into its own slot.
Fifth: Pull the strip all the way through the slot.
Sixth: (this is the tricky part) Slide the end of the second strip over the end of the first strip. Then a quick tug. Voila! Spliced.
Clear as mud. Mud can be sexy too. But that would be a different blog. I'm happy to produce photos of the striping, Inserting, slots, sliding, and the singular tug. Available by request, just like my references.
(and that is what I call eco-friendly)
Post Script (two hours - ish later)
Just fyi the selvage is the edge of the fabric. It has a tighter weave than the rest of the fabric and therefor is removed before sewing. Most folks throw it away. I just can't do that. The salvage is so pretty and strong. For years I would save it to use as twine. Then a few months ago I remembered my Great - Grand ma making rugs by crochteting strips of fabric. It is kinda hard to to but I can do it pretty well. Here is a snap of a tea pot trivet I just made from my spliced salvage.