It’s About Time

Did you ever have a project that seemed like it would go on forever? Maybe a very long warp, or a slow and delicate weave? I have! (THIS one took forever to weave.) One way or another, though, they all come to an end. Rag rugs are fun to weave because it doesn’t take long to see the finish line, another accomplishment. Time marks the beginning and end of all our activities. Maybe this year seemed longer than it should, with too many troubles. Trouble makes time feel slow. Maybe you didn’t get enough done. Busyness makes time seem fast. As this year ends, time keeps ticking and we will usher in a new year, ready or not.

What would a world be like without time?

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

– Solomon (known as the wisest man in his day)

Rag Rug on the loom. Striped hem is followed by scrap strips to secure the wefts.

Several rows of scrap fabric, woven after the striped end hem, will hold the rug wefts in place after the rug is cut from the loom.

We understand that during this life we are subject to the limits of time. Is that all there is? One season after another? Is there a place where time has no say? “Under heaven,” as Solomon described, time is all we know. Yet don’t you sense, like I do, that there is more? That must be because our creator has designed us with eternity in our hearts. The wonderful mystery is that we touch eternity when we become his, while we are still in this time-bound universe!

May you enjoy a fruitful new year, finding time for the most important things.

Good New Year to you,
Karen

4 Comments

  • Laurie Mrvos says:

    I’m really looking forward to seeing this rug!. It’s a beauty!

  • Karen says:

    Glad you like it! I have two more rugs to weave on this warp before we’ll see it all the way. It’s always a bit of a fun surprise to lay the rugs out when they’re finally cut off the loom.
    Thanks for taking time to comment, Laurie!

  • Opal says:

    The rugs are lovely!

    My daughter is wanting me to make some rugs for her on my 32″ Kromski Harp rigid heddle loom. I’m not sure if I’d be able to do that on that type of loom but I’ll do some research if I can, I’ll make some. If not, I’ll wait until I rent the baby Wolf 8 shaft from my local guild.

    The book of Solomon is one of my favorites

  • Karen says:

    Opal, thank you for the compliment!

    You can do a rag weave on your Kromski Harp. I did it on my 32″ Beka rigid heddle loom. You’ll probably find, though, that it’s not really sturdy enough to use for a rug. Generally, rugs require a very tight tension, tighter than you can achieve with a rigid heddle loom.
    But there are other beautiful uses for rag-woven pieces, like placemats, mug rugs, cushion covers, or bench covers. I used mine to make bags, purses, and small pouches. They have held up really well.

    Happy weaving!
    Karen

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