A shot of the loom showing as much of the warp as possible - the colours go into a deep purple/pink which you can just see if you squint - or click on the photo to biggify
Patient? Moi? Um, er, that would be a 'no' I guess because instead of weaving off the last 5 towels on the AVL, I threw the second painted warp onto the small loom last night and started weaving this morning.
I am really glad I did a 'full sized sample' of the warps I was considering having painted. The first one was made with a larger rayon slub and a 2/8 size smooth yarn. The second warp was only the smaller smooth yarn, which feels quite wonderful slipping through one's fingers.
However, that lovely feeling appears to be partly due to a slight fuzziness. This slight fuzziness meant that the warp threads wanted to latch on to each other and started to snag and snarl as I was beaming it. So, not a good way to go, considering that I want to have a new production line!
Going full sized was a good way for the dyer to test out how much work would be involved and it gave me a good deal of valuable information in terms of the weaving. So the three scarves off of this warp will wind up being one-off's, so to speak. I may not offer them for sale but use them for donations. For several of the shows I do the participants must donate an item for marketing purposes.
The other word for a full sized 'sample' is 'proto-type'. It's what happens in industry when a new product goes into production. Making a proto-type is one way to de-bug the process as much as possible so that when actual production begins, it goes as smoothly as possible.
I'm glad I tested this yarn combination before making the committment to weaving lots of warps using it.
Yesterday I ordered the yarn for the other combination and as soon as it comes I'll start winding warps so I can deliver them when I head to Langley early in April - and save the cost of shipping them. Every penny saved and all that....
Currently reading The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear