I put on a three-yard warp of 8/2 unmercerized cotton in two colors. I've never sampled before and I decided that it was time, before I wasted any more yarn. A friend who teaches weaving recently told me that is how she starts her beginning weaving students. I learned a lot by using a light and dark blue.
I also discovered that I'm not all that crazy about art yarn as weft. It's really not all that interesting.
I also learned that you need a contrast warp or you lose the yarn entirely. It's been suggested that plain weave works well - let's the yarn be the star instead of the weave, but I like the point twill on the left too.
I also learned that if you use a warp that's the exact same color as part of a variegated yarn, that color, in this case, royal blue, just becomes a solid color and the pattern disappears. Same for the baby blue in the hand spun yarn.
I learned that the wrong color of warp is a complete waste of a beautiful handspun yarn. This was a variegated silk that I plied with black wool. I also can see that the color changes aren't going to be any more attractive in a scarf than they are in this sample. I'm still going to use it for a scarf but as the warp , with either an apple green or black Tencel for weft. I also twisted the cotton to see if it would be okay in a fringe and it's not bad.
This is the yarn but it has long runs of color that looked weird in the weft. I also learned that fewer picks per inch make a much more drapey fabric. None of the samples were stiff - finally. It was like a study group of one - I learned a ton!
Our last CSA box was huge and I'm glad we have two weeks to eat of of this. It's Christmas in July!