Feeling Empty or Filling Empty?

This Swedish lace warp is finally cut off! The big loom now stands empty. I don’t like to let a loom stay naked for very long, so I will wind the next warp soon. That desire to keep the loom dressed will give me momentum through the finishing details and sewing of the dreamed-about curtains. Like this loom, we humans face times of feeling empty in daily life, and don’t like to stay in that unpleasant state very long.

Cutting off Swedish lace from the loom.

Cutting off the warp always feels like a celebration! Now I have a piece of fabric in hand to sew into curtains. Ta da!

When we experience that feeling of emptiness, we try to find a way to overcome our bare state. We get super busy, stuff our life with things or food, or isolate ourselves to our own detriment.

The good news is that we do not have to stay alone and empty. Amazingly, our creator desires to live with us, not just above us. And that is when our soul is filled–when we make room for our creator. And being filled, we say, Bring on the next warp!

May your loom always be ready for the next warp.

Making room,
Karen

4 Comments

  • Irene says:

    Your Swedish lace looks beautiful! Do you know why it is called Swedish lace? Haven’t heard that name here in Sweden…

    And, I like your saying: May your loom always be ready for the next warp!

    • Karen says:

      Great question, Irene! A few weeks ago I tried to find out why it is called Swedish lace, so I could put it in my Weaving Glossary, but I could not find an explanation in any of my books. So my answer is, “I don’t know.” It is called Swedish lace in The Big Book of Weaving by Laila Lundell, p.114 in the project notes, Plain weave and Swedish lace ‘mosquito lace’ block.

      Thank you for coming by!

  • Jane Morrow says:

    I have no idea if this is correct but, for example, French lace is made using bobbins. Swedish lace is made on the loom and weaving is so traditional in Sweden that it could almost be called woven lace.

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