After weaving a yard and a half of samples, it was time to cut them off and wet finish them. Then I could make some decisions about what to do with the rest of the warp. Some of them were good, others not so. Here's the view from the ironing board.
The very best one was the sample with brocade weft of white stranded silk. The silk literally bloomed out and made its presence known. After pressing, it glowed.
The ones with bamboo as the brocade weft were likewise "blooming." The ones with mercerized cotton as the brocade weft were too sketchy, with the lines going every which way.
I thought this might be because the float length was too long. So I reworked the drafts and made the float lengths max 5 instead of 7. Here is the result on the loom.
And close up...
The final vote won't be in until after wet finishing. Meanwhile, the finished jacquard sample looks great. The sett is 60 epi, so the floats, even though they are max 7, are quite a bit shorter than the dobby samples (@ 30 epi) and well behaved.