Sharing Threads

When I started weaving these towels my daughter was not yet engaged. I had color and texture in mind, not bridal shower gifts. Now, with the wedding only a few weeks away, I am fortunate to have a set of handwoven towels to give the new bride! As if I had planned it that way. Next up, a shawl for me to wear at the wedding, but that’s a story for another day.

Towels just off the loom, not yet washed. Karen Isenhower

Just off the loom, cotton towels have been cut apart and edges serged, ready for washing. When washed, the texture of the cloth will “bloom,” showing off the distinctive structure, a 3-shaft twill with warp floats.

There are many things I have given my daughter without trying: my height and stature, similar laugh, interest in world cultures, musical talent, brothers (does that count?)… Melody and I have a lot in common, so I will give her a set of these towels as a symbolic gesture of the threads we already share.

You and I have been given an extraordinary kind of love from our Heavenly Father. The Father has given his kind of love to us, that we should be called his children. Like a daddy, he has passed his traits to his kids. In which case, we like to hear, “You look just like your Daddy.”

May your best traits be found in your children, or in the young people you influence.

With love,


  • Diane Hoelle says:

    Your towels are beautiful!! I love the colors, pattern and the sentiment you shared. Is this draft published anywhere?

    Your blog is my very favorite!


    • Karen says:

      Wow, Diane, you sure know how to make me smile! I am soooo happy you like what you see here!

      I adapted this draft from one published in Väv Magazine, 1/2013, p. 59, “Viking era handtowel.”

      Just wait till you see the towels washed!! They are full of wonderful dimpled texture.

      Happy Weaving,

  • Bev says:

    Beautiful towels! Such a precious gift for your daughter…especially with the symbolism of the “threads you share”. What a great prayer that I would “look just like” my Heavenly Father. Wonderful thoughts, Karen.

  • Betty A Van Horn says:

    What a sweet provision God had planned! Okay so I DO want to see an after photograph of the towels washed!

    • Karen says:

      You will, Betty, all in good time… all in good time…
      The first four towels will go to Melody; there are three towels after that, plus a good size cloth napkin/bread cloth. I still need to weave the little tabs (loops) to go on the towels for hanging.

  • […] When you give what you value most, the value of your gift increases. Exceptional giving communicates worth to the person on the receiving end. It was a joy to give these special towels to Melody. She was noticeably pleased with the gift, which was a delight for me to see! (You can see these towels just off the loom HERE.) […]

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