Cotton is often one of the first fibers that new weavers use—and the first one intermediate and advanced weavers reach for too! That’s because of the many wonderful qualities of cotton: it’s easy to weave, stretchy, soft, and takes dye wonderfully. Since introducing Beam 3/2 Organic Cotton in 2021, weavers new and experienced have been enjoying learning and growing their skills with this American-grown cotton weaving yarn.
As tapestry weavers, unless we are weaving free-form, we need to plan carefully and make a lot of decisions up front. That’s where sampling comes in. Sampling can take many forms and involve testing out the structure (warp and weft combinations), choosing colors, or fine-tuning with specific techniques. In this post, Kennita Tully touches on various methods of sampling.
Weavers use gamps to experiment with sett (epi), colors, structures, and yarn types. In this post, Penny shares a selection of gamps that she has woven with our yarn collections, the benefits of making them, and tips for successfully making your own.
Weaving a sample is like making a sketch - you learn more about your materials, your sett, how things wash, shrinkage rate, and how the finished textile behaves. This post explains how to get the most out of your sampling process.