Lawrence Peters of Bewoven Studio

Finishing the hand woven tencel scarves

How I finish my  hand woven tencel scarves.

Because I am a big fan of fringe, the last step in my production process is trimming it. Pictured below are the steps I go through when I finish the fringe on the tencel scarves. But I follow the exact same procedures with any of the scarves and table runners that I weaver.

At the start of my weaving journey I had no idea how to finish a woven piece. My Introduction to Weaving class at Harrisville Design Center (in Harrisville, NH)  gave me some guidance but it was not easy to absorb every bit information that was given during the five day intensive. So I read a number of books to gather as much information as I could. My two primary sources were Peggy Osterkamp’s Weaving for Beginners: An Illustrated Guide and Deborah Chandler’s Learning to Weave. Both authors were extremely helpful and I obtained the confidence I needed to go ahead, take out the scissors, and cut. Today I can now say that experience has truly been the best teacher.

Step one. I steam press the hand woven tencel scarves.

Our iron spits water so I protect the scarves and use a pressing cloth. At first I cut up an old cotton bed sheet. However the steam was not getting through the tight weave of the percale fabric. One of my weaving mentors brought her silk organza pressing cloth to the Sewing Your Handwovens class that we  both attended. Seeing that pressing cloth in action spurred me to purchase the Drtiz sheer pressing cloth at Jo-Ann’s. Its made of silk organza and it works beautifully. Any “spitting” stays on the pressing cloth and I do not worry that any of the sediment that forms around the steam holes of the iron will be transferred unto my woven piece.Pressing Cloth

Step Two. Once the scarf is ironed I place one end of the scarf on my Fiskars rotary cutter mat and smooth out the fringe by lightly pressing a moistened piece of paper towel on the fringe. The moisture in the paper towel is just enough to smooth out the fringe.

Moistening the fringe

Step Three. I gently comb the damp yarn and the individual strands straighten out quite nicely.

Comb the fringe

Step Four. I place the Fiskars acrylic template over the now well-behaved yarn and trim them to 3″ using the rotary cutter. The end result is a row of evenly cut fringe. This is something I was not able to achieve when I used a pair of scissors; even the angled ones.

The Cut Fringe

 

 

 

 

 

Lawrence Peters of Bewoven Studio

Weaving more Palm Beach Lace Scarves

The Palm Beach Lace Scarf in Tencel is a best seller. Customers love the pattern and the way that Tencel shimmers. On the loom is the stunning Sienna Sunset color. Am almost finished weaving a second scarf.

SiennaSunsetPalmBeachLaceFeb2016

What drew me to this lace pattern is the way the three warp yarns in one dent interplay with the three weft throws that are beat together. It took me quite a while to figure out the best way to beat those three weft throws together. What I eventually discovered was to beat each throw separately using the shed for the next weft throw.

The first picture shows the first weft throw. The second picture shows the first and second weft throws before the second weft throw is beat. The last picture shows the lace effect that happens from the combination of the first, second, and third weft throws.

Lace First Weft Throw
Lace Second Weft Throw
Lace Third Weft Throw