Nine Color Towel

It may look like there is no rhyme or reason, but there is a thoughtful pattern behind this arrangement of weft colors. …Okay, it is somewhat random; and, truthfully, I am making up the pattern as I go. It is refreshing to have the freedom to use up bobbins of color. I consider it a welcome challenge to create a visually vibrant fabric that is not a cluttered cloth.

Nine quills of 16/2 cotton. Colorful towel up next.

Nine quills of 16/2 cotton. Trying out different arrangements of colors.

Our prayers can be like the assorted quills with varying amounts of thread in an array of colors. These are the needs, small and big, that we bring to the Lord. Can he make anything good out of all of this? What can he do about my concerns? Does he even hear me? Do my needs or hopes make a difference to Him? Am I saying my prayers in the “right” way?

Nine-color towel on the loom. Karen Isenhower

Wide, narrow, dark, light. Nine colors are purposefully arranged in this cotton towel. Treadling variations help complete the multi-color composition.

It takes courage to have faith when you pray. In a world where “seeing is believing,” the eye of faith says, “believing is seeing.” Faith is expecting something to happen when you pray. It’s trusting the grand weaver to know how to arrange this assortment of leftover threads and make something good out of it.

May you take courage.

With you,

~The Etsy coupon on my About Page is good for two more days. It’s my ThankYou to you.~


Leave a Reply

Glimmer of Linen

There is just enough morning light in the room to see the slight glimmer on the surface of these tubes of 16/2 linen. Line Linen has a sheen that sets it apart from other fibers; but without enough light in the room you could miss it. I am excited to get started with such exquisite thread. My mind’s eye is already trying to picture the finished cloth.

Ready to wind a linen warp!

Two shades of blue will be combined for the 16/2 linen warp. The brown 16/2 linen will be seen as floats in the dice weave fabric that I am planning.

It was late last night before I got a chance to open the box that arrived the day before. You cannot identify colors in the dark. So, in the darkened room I could barely make out the colors of the linen, much less see any brilliance from the sheen that I knew would be there.

Pride is like a blindfold; it wraps over the eyes of your heart. It’s like staying in a darkened room where colors never shine. Pride takes, assumes, expects, demands, and makes itself known. Humility, on the other hand, gives, serves, looks for the betterment of others, and expects nothing in return. Humility is like the morning light that brings out the natural sheen in everyone around you.

May your humility bring light into the room.

Your friend,

~Thank you, blog-reading friends! There is a discount coupon just for you on my About page, good for a few more days.~


  • Marie says:

    What beautiful line you have in your hands. Can’t wait to see the results.
    What brand of thread is it.

    That you for you web site

    • Karen says:

      Dear Marie,

      I am happy to answer your question. This Linen is from Bockens, a Swedish company. I buy it from a US supplier. I have used Bockens linen before. It is high quality and always very beautiful.

      Happy weaving,

Leave a Reply

Quiet Friday: Going through Phases

You will not often find a bare loom here. But every loom has its phases. The “Big Loom” (Glimåkra Standard 120cm) is in the empty phase right now. I finished weaving the coarse linen twill with rya knots. Now, I wait for the 16/2 linen that I ordered for the next project. Big Loom, don’t worry; you’ll be dressed again soon.

Rya weaving just completed.

Rya pieces ready to make into interesting shaggy pillows.

Glimakra Standard Countermarch Loom 120 cm

Affectionately known as “The Big Loom.” Seldom seen undressed. Glimåkra Standard Countermarch Loom 120cm / 47 inches weaving width.


The “Baby Loom” (Glimåkra Ideal 100cm) is in the weaving phase. It has plenty of warp on it, so I am still happily throwing a shuttle. I should get two more towels from this warp.

Red and brown goose-eye towel on the loom.

Color stripes of brown and gold break up the red in this towel on the goose-eye warp.


I want to start weaving a band to match the towels on the “Baby Loom,” for the towels’ hanging tabs. That means I need to put more attention on finishing up the current warp on the Band Loom (Glimåkra two-treadle), so I can start the new warp. This is the hurry-up-and-finish phase.

Two-treadle Glimakra band loom in use.

Band loom is situated for weaving in short bursts. I often stop and weave for a few minutes on the way to the “Big Loom” or the “Baby Loom.” Three sisters look on from the stairway wall. (One of those girls is a younger me. Can you guess which one?)

May you make the most of the phase you are in.

Happy Weaving,

(The discount coupon on my About Page is good for another week. Thank you!)


  • Deb says:

    Do you use an aluminum beam protector on both beams or just the front?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Deb, I have an aluminum beam protector for both beams, but sometimes I remove one (for instance, for taking a picture), and forget to put it back on. Thanks for the reminder! I see I forgot to put it back on the back beam. I like to have it on there especially during beaming, when the cords are going over the beam, and at the end of the weaving, again when the cords are going over the beam.


  • Ian Pool says:

    Hi Karen, I am trying to find somewhere that will allow me to download instructions on how to build a loom. I want a building project as I am about to retire from work. A large loom is what I am looking for, but I can’t find ANY out there. Do you have such a thing here, I can’t find any ?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ian, I wish I could help you with this, but I’m sorry, I’m not aware of a source for instructions to build a loom. I don’t have anything like that here.

      All the best,

  • Louisa says:

    Dear Karen,

    I’ve been given an GLIMÅKRA STANDARD – COUNTERBALANCE LOOM. I’ve done weaving on other types of looms but I’m not familiar with this one. It is dismantled and the person who gave it to me no longer has a manual to put it back together. Do you still have the assembly instruction of the loom?
    Thanks you a lot!


    • Karen says:

      Hi Louisa, Congratulations on your new loom. It is very easy to put together. You can find assembly instructions on under “Resources,” as well other helpful information.

      Happy weaving,

Leave a Reply

Change Things Up

Imagine the possibilities! Everything can change before your eyes when you are weaving. Put a different weft in the shuttle and the cloth takes on a new look. The warp becomes the canvas that the weft paints with color. The brown and gold in this warp influence the color outcome, but this twill structure favors the weft color. For someone who enjoys variety, I love how easy it is to create variations on one long warp.

Red weft transforms the brown warp into a deep, rich red color.

Narrow black stripes for the border of this red towel. The red weft transforms the brown warp into a deep, rich red color.

Most things are not that easy to change. Take people, for instance. Sure, I can make myself look good when I want to, changing my hair or clothing styles, and even saying nice things. But changing my attitude or perspective on the inside is another story. And forget about trying to change someone else. We all know that doesn’t work.

At times, I am so set in my ways it seems impossible to change. And trying harder just works for a short time. Only God can change a human heart. God makes things possible. He takes a simple warp, like yours and mine, and covers it with color, giving a fresh start whenever we need it.

May you find possible change.

With you,


  • Mary says:

    I love your analogy how only God can change our hearts. He is also a master weaver. He changes our ‘dull’ browns to something rich and beautiful as your red…amazing how the colors change.

Leave a Reply

Now What Are You Counting?

Have you noticed how much counting there is with weaving? I am constantly counting something! This time it’s rya strands. Wrap three threads around a four-inch cardboard template, counting eighteen times around; cut the ends; repeat. Separate into nine groups of three strands each. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine groups. Tie rya knots–one knot, two knots, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine knots; repeat.

Prepared groups of threads for rya knots.

Åsborya wool, Mora wool, and linen are wrapped together around a template, and then cut. The group of threads is held together in a clothespin until ready to use.

I like to count the good things that touch my life. Family, friends, health, beauty in nature, and pleasant adventures, to name a few. These are the things that shine through, even in difficult times. These are the things worth counting.

Separating threads into "triplets" for rya knots.

Group of natural color threads are separated into wool-wool-linen triplets for rya knots.

Thankfulness to God acknowledges that the good things woven into our lives come from his benevolent hand. God is always inviting us to walk with him. Thankfulness steps us into that inspiring walk.

What are some of the good things you’ve been thankful for lately?

May you have more blessings than you can count.

Thankful for you,

(There is a discount coupon code on my About page just for you, my reader friends, to use in my Etsy Shop during August, 2014.)


  • Betty A Van Horn says:

    “Thankfulness steps us into that inspiring walk.” Yup, God has been laying this on my heart too for the last year. Thanks for sharing Karen. As always the weaving is gorgeous my friend!

Leave a Reply