A reader mentioned that I do a lot of samples, but I never thought I did! With 30 years of weaving behind me I now have a fairly good idea of what I want from a particular yarn when I begin a project, but am prepared to resley if it doesn’t work. I usually treat the beginning 1/2 yard of a warp as a sample and put extra length on so that I can cut off a sample, wash it and decide if it is right. That is unless I am pretty sure of my result! I also like to have samples for later reference, so the sample from the beginning of a warp is for that and why I have so many samples. Most of my weaving is sold, so sample pieces are what i have left. Then there are the sample groups I belong to that keep me busy with just sample warps. There is a lot of freedom in sampling. I feel like I can try anything – no expectations. One of my favourite pieces was the beginning try-out of a warp where I just emptied bobbins in colour combinations I liked.
This is a warp remainder from a commissioned bed cover. It is 22/2 Cottolin, natural, brown and green randomly sleyed and woven with #16 natural linen. The warp was about 30″ wide and the piece made up of three panels. it was a light summer cover which the owner told me 15 years later was still in use!