I’ve decided to make the rest of the warp samples for the Helen Pope Special Sample Service at CNCH. Â This is a sale of samples to benefit the Conference of Northern California Handweavers; it simultaneously raises funds for CNCH and acts as a kind of sample exchange. Â Members can buy samples for a nominal sum (I think $1-2 per sample); CNCH gets money; everyone benefits! Â But people need to send in samples for it to succeed. Â So I am weaving a series of samples, and taking the opportunity to use up the miscellaneous half-pirns of this and that sitting in my basket of wefts.
Here is the one that I am currently weaving (with the leftover pirns of gold thread from the wedding-coat):
The draft for this can be found on Handweaving.net, here.
Looks pretty, doesn’t it? Â Unfortunately, I suspect there are not enough interlacements in the draft to be woven without a ground cloth; I think it will collapse as soon as it hits the water. Â But there is always that little chance that it will work without modification, so I’ve woven up seven or eight inches and will see whether the pattern survives wet-finishing. Â I’ll probably also weave a little of that pattern with a silk or cashmere weft, to see whether it works with a “regular” yarn.
I have now woven four sets of samples, and there is still a little warp on the beam, but not much. Â I’m going to continue weaving eight or nine-inch swatches of each sample tomorrow, then (after I run out of warp) I’m going to wet-finish, press, and cut up all the samples over the weekend. Â I think the deadline for the sample service is May 1, so (as usual) I will be skidding in just under the line, both with this and the yardage I’m entering for the yardage gallery.