Boucle is fabric woven from novelty yarns. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boucle) The finished fabric has dimension that imparts a handmade look to the finished shawl. The fabric also lends a more dressy look to the finished piece. I chose a high contrast pattern, but you can find more subtle patterns and lighter weights.
For this shawl, I used a wool/acrylic/poly fabric.
The shawl construction is based on simple shawl patterns from South America.
What you need:
* basic sewing skills
* approx 2 yards of boucle fabric at least 46" wide (more if sizing up); prewashed
* sewing machine capable of doing zigzag stitch
* good quality sewing thread, ball-headed pins, scissors, tape measure
The sizing is women's small-medium. Information on sizing up is given at the end.
My fabric had a decent looking selvedge that I used for the front edge saving some time finishing the edge. You can choose to fold the selvedge under and topstitch, or use ready made bias tape to cover it, or you can choose to fringe it. The other three edges of each piece have one inch of fringe.