Now that the Guild of Canadian Weavers has had a chance to mail out their newsletter for 2018, I can tell you all about making the samples for the year. A small group of us from the Qualicum Weavers and Spinners Guild decided to volunteer to weave the samples for the year. We chose to use Orlec for the samples as it has lots of bright and bold colours, it is also very easy to use and readily available in Canada. Mum did the math and worked out that for each set of samples we would need 3 8oz tubes of warp, 3 8oz tubes of weft and ½ tube of contrast yarn for spacers in both warp and weft. To be on the safe side we choose to order an extra tube for the warp and weft as it would be the same dye lot if we needed it.
The warp length was 8.5 yards long and 606 ends for each of the samples. Mum did the Spring 2018 sample and I did the Winter 2018 sample. Each warp was six samples wide.
As the samples are not much wider than a tea towel warp putting the warp through the reed and tying onto the cloth beam didn’t take too much time, but I forgot to time it, I'd guess it was about an hour in all.
The samples are an absolute joy to weave. Each four inch sample only takes 10 minutes to weave. It was really easy to find to time to do a couple of repeats at a sitting.