Why sample? It means using more warp and weft. And it means waiting longer to start to the “real” project. What do I gain from it, anyway? Is it a waste of resources and time?
I can’t imagine putting on a warp that didn’t have room up front for sampling. There’s more than one reason to put on sufficient warp to weave a sample. It makes perfect sense, especially if there is anything new or unfamiliar about your planned project.
Five Reasons to Add Extra Warp for Sampling
1 Space to play. I want plenty of room to play, and to practice techniques that are new to me.
2 Room to try out designs. By weaving a portion of my designs, I am able to determine what works, and what adjustments need to be made.
3 Warp for testing weft colors. Only when woven can I see the full effect of each potential weft color.
4 Time to gain a consistent beat. When I start the main project, I want to have woven enough to be able to “feel” how firmly or softly I need to move the beater.
5 The best reason of all! It’s always good to have enough warp on the loom that you can invite friends and family to enjoy some weaving time. …Before your main project is in progress.
May you give yourself room to play.
12 thoughts on “Tried and True: Five Reasons Sampling Makes Sense”
Lovely, Karen! Your advice is well taken! Also love seeing your friends checking out the draw loom. 🙂
Hi Joyce, It’s always fun to share a loom.
All the best,
Sample, sample, sample. I love to sample. When I need a break from big projects I’ll dress the loom with a narrow warps and play with new-to-me drafts. Great advice!
Hi Beth, It’s rewarding to try out new things on samples. That’s where we get some of our best ideas for future projects.
It is lovely, visiting your Blog, today. There is a Casita gathering Feb. 12th on Lake Belton. If you and Steve could sign up, I think you would thoroughly enjoy it. We play games, at night. Have music (mostly guitars, ukuleles), enjoy potlucks. I usually spend a few minutes with Sarah in her Saori studio and then…we piddle. I can send you more information, if you think you might be free.
Hi Charlotte, Thanks! I’ll be in touch.
Good morning Karen,
I’ve done samples in others textiles, but never considered samples in weaving. Must do. It would have been one less garage rug when weaving overshot.
Thank you for your wisdom.
Hi Nannette, I know exactly what you mean. I have garage rugs, too. Haha.
All the best,
Ha ha ha! What a novel idea. What a delight that you invite friends and fa,ily to try your loom.
Hi Vivian, I truly enjoy seeing others find the pleasure in weaving.
Yes, sampling advice is age-old.
A sample also gives you an opportunity to test finishing methods–especially if you are using some unlabeled mystery yarns.
Hi Gail, True. Excellent point!
Thanks for contributing,