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Old 08-20-2016, 08:41 PM   #1
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I am looking at diy'ing a bag cover and am wondering where to get trim.
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Old 08-21-2016, 02:43 AM   #2
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Any decent sewing shop will have more options than you can shake a stick at.
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Old 08-21-2016, 07:03 AM   #3
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I have been at 3 or 4 sewing shops and have seen a ridiculous number of trims, but I am looking for something of a fringe like this (which they have not had)...

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Old 08-21-2016, 08:19 AM   #4
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Maybe try Jolene at Hastings to see if she might sell some trim only......

http://www.hastingsbagcovers.com/index.html

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Old 08-21-2016, 09:25 AM   #5
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You'll likely be better off looking in an upholstery shop than a sewing shop—drapery fringe. I can tell you with absolute certainty that it's not manufactured just for making bagpipe bags.

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Old 08-22-2016, 03:29 AM   #6
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Wow your local fabric shop must not have much variety. Our local shop has all of those pictured above.

It's called Naples Brush Fringe. I think for a bagcover you would want the 2".

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https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q...s+brush+fringe

Trickier to find is the metallic gold and silver fringe that looks right, the kind where each element of the fringe is a loop so it can't fray. It's usually either too narrow or too wide for bag covers.
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Old 08-22-2016, 01:54 PM   #7
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I got a nice kind of creamy, beige one from my local cheapo curtain/furnishing store, which though not gold, actually goes really nicely with the artificial ivory and dark green bagcover on my indestructible plastic smallpipes.

Online stores are also a good bet I would think.
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Old 08-22-2016, 06:11 PM   #8
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Trickier to find is the metallic gold and silver fringe that looks right, the kind where each element of the fringe is a loop so it can't fray. It's usually either too narrow or too wide for bag covers.
But Richard... I LIKE the frayed old wool yarn look! An olive or drab green would be perfect.
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Old 08-22-2016, 06:48 PM   #9
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Yes the Naples Brush fringe has that frayed yarn look. It's the style of fringe traditionally used on selfcoloured/plain bagcovers.

Tartan covers used the same stuff, but it was specially made in variegated colours to match the tartan.

The style of metallic fringe traditionally used on velvet bagcovers looks like this, only shorter.



It stays nice for years, doesn't fray.

There's a kind that looks pretty bad when it's new, and only gets worse later. Each strand has metallic stuff around a white core, and the ends are just chopped to length. New it comes with a basting or stabilizing thread that you're supposed to pull out when the sewing is finished. Legitimate UK-made covers didn't use this stuff, at least in the old days.



I'm interested in this because I've long made my own bagcovers, not all of them, but when I want something I can't find.

I also don't hesitate to put different fringe on an existing cover. Here's a DIY thread about switching out the fringe on a very nice blue velvet cover I got used that had nasty white fringe. I pondered putting matching blue fringe on it, then decided to go with metallic silver.


http://forums.bobdunsire.com/forums/...d.php?t=146393
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Old 08-22-2016, 06:58 PM   #10
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I think that looped and purled (twisted) fringe is often called Bullion (especially when in metallic threads). The bag currently on the pipes I have is wonderful and old, but I am not fond of the Gordon tartan (although I like tartan) as well as it is a shade small for my current bag. BTW... I am referring to the pipes I just posted to show on the AHOHH FaceBook page.
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