Little Goes a Long Way

Compared to other weaving shuttles, this band loom shuttle is tiny. But it is just the right size for weaving a narrow band. My left hand moves the shuttle through the changing sheds, finding a rhythmic fluency. Once started, the weft takes on a life of its own as it repeatedly turns and goes back into an open shed. It almost seems as if my left hand is merely following the shuttle. Likewise, kindness takes on a life of its own after someone starts it.

Glimakra two-treadle band loom weaving.

My feet operate the two treadles on this Glimäkra band loom. My left hand carries the shuttle; and my right hand uses a band knife to beat in the weft. When all the movements are synchronized, I find myself making swift progress.

Consistency is the key to successful band weaving. Warp tension matters, as well as how often you advance the warp; however, consistency in the weft makes the biggest difference. My best results come when I weave several inches without stopping. The momentum itself brings consistency of weft placement.

Kindness repeats itself. There is a certain momentum that occurs. When we experience someone’s kindness toward us, we often turn and pass kindness along to someone else. And especially, if we have tasted the Lord’s kindness, we keep the momentum going by fervently loving each other. A little bit of kindness, repeated over and over makes a useful and lovely ribbon in the sea of humanity, a woven band with endless possibilities.

May you pass along a little kindness today.

Yours truly,
Karen

7 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    Such beautiful words, Karen…

  • Gretchen says:

    oops… didn’t mean to be anonymous there!

  • Betty A Van Horn says:

    Ahh coordinating kindness! What will it be used for Karen? (The band – not the kindness! 😉

    • Karen says:

      I don’t have a particular use in mind, Betty. I may end up putting it in my Etsy shop, and someone can make hanging tabs for towels, or a purse strap, or trim on pockets or at the edge of capri pants, or wrist bands, or headbands, or whatever their creativity comes up with.

  • Martha says:

    Hi Karen, I have long been a lurker of your wonderful blog. You inspired me to buy a Glimakra Band Loom, it will be here next week and I am so excited. She will be the little sister to my 47″ 10 shaft/12 treadle Glimakra Standard. I was wondering if you sell the wonderful little hand made bobbins your husband made for you to use while weaving on your band loom? If not could you please give me the dimensions so my dear hubby can make me some in his wood shop.

    Best wishes,
    Martha
    Thistle Rose Weaving

    • Karen says:

      Hi Martha, I’m honored! I have long admired your beautiful work in your Etsy shop!!

      I’m happy to share details of the little shuttle with you. I will send you an email with a photo and measurements so your hubby can make some for you. How special!

      I am excited for you. You are really going to enjoy that band loom!

      Happy Weaving,
      Karen

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