Once we have established that the client is happy with the ideas, as outlined on the mood board, we can embark on developing woven swatches. The object of swatches is:
* to see how the yarns and colours interact in the weave
* to ensure that the handle of the fabric is what our clients want
* to try out new weave ideas
Using the selected colours and yarns we make short warps and dress a table loom, weaving trial samples of the proposed fabrics. We always weave more swatches than will be used, so that our clients have a choice of fabrics and it gives us the chance to try out those new weave ideas. Sometimes it’s these new ideas that our clients go for, especially if they’ve never been seen before.