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.

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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.

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Lace Second Weft Throw
Lace Third Weft Throw

Lawrence Peters of Bewoven Studio

The 2015 Fall Craft Show Season Begins

Taking a breather from two back-to-back Saturday craft shows.

On 9/26 Bewoven Studio joined other area craftspeople for the Apple Harvest and Crafts Festival on the Amherst MA Town Commons.

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This past Saturday, October 3rd, Bewoven Studio participated in the  Artisans of WMass 2015 Fall Craft Show. The quality of the work of my fellow artisans was so impressive. Here’s just a sampling. Many, many thanks to all the craft lovers and supporters of the buy local movement who patronized and shopped the show. Thanks to all my customers!!! FYI: I’m wearing my latest Mosaic Twill Scarf featuring a Camel  cotton warp and a Sienna Sunset bamboo weft.

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Lawrence Peters of Bewoven Studio

GCC Painting Buddies at Barnes Gallery

I took it as a very good omen, that within days of my move-in at Leverett Crafts & Arts, there was a reception for the GCC Painting Buddies Show (Greenfield Community College) at LCA’s Barnes Gallery. The works are impressive. I highly recommend that lovers of fine painting come check out the show which runs only for a few more days.

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Lawrence Peters of Bewoven Studio

Now weaving at Leverett Crafts & Arts

There’s still a ways to go in getting the studio into shape. Have already been at work making handwoven Mosaic Twill scarves with a cotton warp and a bamboo weft. Filling out my inventory is a top priority.

It is such a delight to have the loom, the weaving equipment, and my yarn all in one place. No more shimming around furniture as I wind the warp onto the back beam. Adore my comfy upholstered chairs; an amazing purchase from the Salvation Army on Route 9 in Hadley.

LCA’s bucolic setting fosters such well being. Love looking out the studio windows and seeing trees. An added bonus is listening to the chime of the church bells.

My fellow LCAers have warmly welcomed me into the fold. Being around them will undoubtedly give me inspiration and motivation.
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Lawrence Peters of Bewoven Studio

Welcome to my blog!

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A rainbow encircles Belchertown in early August

 

The goal of my blog is to let my customers and visitors learn what makes me tick aesthetically.

So in this first post I’m sharing a picture I took from our backyard of a fabulous rainbow that arched over Belchertown in early August. This photo reminds me of the stunning vistas that Mike Leigh showcased in the captivating film, “Mr Turner.” Each of these exquisitely shot scenes pay homage to the great British painter J.M.W. Turner. By the end of the film I wanted to journey over to London to wander the Tate Gallery.

However the NYTimes has kindly let us all know that we can find Turners in the U.S. Here’s the link to that story: JMW Turner paintings at East Coast Museums Happy museum going.

Stay tuned for more posts of what captures my attention and imagination.

Lawrence