What is a color gamp?

Francine recently mentioned the Lunatic Fringe and their color gamp. Not knowing what either one was I did an Internet search. The interesting LunaticFringeYarns.com offers weaving supplies, including a Color Gamp instruction or kit with thread. I looked at the color gamp. What are examples of how it would be used? Must it be a specific set of colors?


Posted on Sat, 06/04/2016 - 18:49

Blog article and Caloosa examples were extremely helpful. The comparison with a pointillist painting explained a lot to me. When weaving with color A warp and color B weft you will see a dot of each color.

A Color Gamp shows how using a different color in the warp and weft will change your original yarn/thread colors.


Posted on Wed, 06/15/2016 - 01:40

Very interesting tool, Penny. I like that you could weave samples with it in the 8, 10, and 12 ends per inch.

Posted on Sat, 07/23/2016 - 03:40

There are lots of different kinds of gamps, both color and structure. Gamp means 'umbrella, especially a large unweildy one.' There are twill, shadow weave, overshot gamps, etc. There is also the color gamp, but you can alter the gamp to lights or darks or keep the spectrum base colors. I've seen a gamp in grey, black, white and neutrals which was fascinating. It's a great study practice and it makes some beautiful eye candy.

Posted on Sat, 07/23/2016 - 05:27

This is the hardest thing for me about weaving. What will happen when you run Color A down and Color B across? It never is what I expect.

The neutrals gamp Tom mentioned interests me. I am always impressed by what weavers do to make a neutral colored item strikingly elegant. My eye admires elegance; my core being gravitates to whimsy.

My next donation project I will try clay colors or river pebble colors in a gamp type design.