For the perfect finishing touch, select an elegant edging to frame the lace pattern you have chosen. In general, the more complex the lace pattern, the simpler the edging can be; the simpler the pattern, the more complex the edging. Ornate patterns like Dayflower need only a ruffle or a narrow four-sided edging to set them off. Simple patterns, like Scales, look wonderful with wide, fancy edgings.
: any openwork edging may have a tendency to get caught in things, so you’ll want to be careful where you sit (and of course, never wear loose clothing when working around machinery). If you’ve ever worn a scarf with a long fringe, you know exactly what I’m talking about. However, most of the edgings described below have much less tendency to tangle than does the traditional scarf fringe.
These narrow edgings travel all around your rectangular wrap or scarf.
Simple Knit Edging
Sometimes, all you want is a simple knitted edging to set off the beauty of the main lace pattern. Another advantage: this smooth, all-around border resists the impulse to tangle in things.
Crocheted Picot Edging
Delicate picot crochet makes a subtle, feminine edging.
The leaf-like structure of this edging echoes the floral theme of many lace patterns.
Rectangular wraps and scarves can be highlighted by a wide border at each of the short ends, instead of a narrow 4-sided border.
Van Dyke border (short edges)
This traditional border echoes the shape of the wide lace collars popular during the 17th century. (Think 3 Musketeers!). Its deep points create a dramatic focal point for your accessory.
Waves border & Waves and drops border (short edges)
This border also features deep, dramatic points. However, in overall appearance, it is less symmetrical, more “natural”, than the VanDyke.
It is shown on the right with the optional crystal drops along the edge at each point.
Ruffled border (short edges)
A ruffled border lends a feminine flourish to the two short ends of a scarf or wrap.
Beaded Fringe (short edges)
A combination of pendants and seed beads add a dramatic flourish to the two ends of a scarf or wrap. Choose this edging if you plan to wear your accessory in circumstances where it will catch the light—either full sunlight or dramatic evening lighting. Beads also add extra weight, making the garment move differently.
: Like the traditional scarf fringe, beads are tanglers. Beaded scarves and wraps work best over smooth garments. If you put a beaded scarf over a button-front blouse, you are asking for trouble!
Crystal Drops (short edges)
Swarovski crystals catch the light for an understated but beautiful embellishment. Because the drops are small, they have less of a tendency to tangle than the full beaded fringe. However, do be mindful of the above caution.
Yarn or Ribbon Weave (long edges)
A ribbon or a contrasting yarn can be woven through the openwork holes in the pattern to highlight the long edges of a wrap or scarf.