No Motivation Needed

You never need to motivate me to sit at the loom, or convince me to make time for weaving. I’m not sure why I am this way, but something in me longs to make fabric. I weave nearly every day, not to be productive, but simply because I love to weave.

Nine goose-eye towels, pressed and ready to hem. Karen Isenhower

Nine new towels, with hems pressed. Each towel will have a matching hanging tab stitched into the hem.

Ten meters / eleven yards gave me nine towels and two generous samples (Just wait. Next week I will show you what I am making from the samples!). Now, I am weaving hanging tabs on the band loom to match the towels. Meanwhile, the linen dice weave is progressing nicely on the big loom, as well. I am not just a person with weaving looms. …I am a handweaver.

Band loom weaving, making hanging tabs for handwoven towels.

Short two-yard warp will weave up quickly, giving me plenty of hanging tabs for the towels, plus extra length of woven band to put in my “band stash.”

You do what is in your heart to do. The commitments you make from the heart define you. Fruit in my life reveals what is in my heart. What does good fruit look like? Unselfish generosity, showing integrity in every interaction, and treating others with respect. I want to be the kind of person that lives this way, not because I “should,” but because that is what is in my heart to do.

May your good fruit basket be full.

(These towels will show up in my Etsy Shop soon. If you have your eye on one, let me know, and I will be happy to reserve it for you.)

Have a fruitful day,
Karen

8 Comments

  • Sandy says:

    HI Karen,
    I’ve been a reader of your blog for perhaps a year; I look forward to and am encouraged by it. Thank you for the care you put into this.

  • Colleen says:

    Such beautiful towels! You have an excellent sense of color. What brand is your inkle loom? I haven’t seen one with metal cogs.

    Colleen

    • Karen says:

      Colleen, Thank you for the sweet compliment.
      This is a Glimakra Two-Treadle Band Loom. I bought mine second-hand, but you can find them at GlimakraUSA.com and other suppliers. I love weaving on the band loom. It’s fast, too. I can produce a yard of “ribbon” about 4 times faster than I can on my regular inkle loom.

      Happy Weaving,
      Karen

  • Sara Jeanne says:

    Karen,
    You were an inspiration to me this last week at the Vavstuga in Shelburne Falls. Your knowledge and passion for weaving and fiber gave me a boost to get to my loom and work on my baling twine rugs! Every day, a little bit more………..
    I look forward to enjoying your blog and your wonderful photos.
    Thanks so much!
    Sara Jeanne

    • Karen says:

      Sara Jeanne, YOU are the one who inspired me last week. You opened a whole new door to me for dubbelbindning. I’m going to have so much fun with the new ideas!

      Thank you!
      Karen

  • Cathy says:

    Karen, your work and message have inspired me. I, too love weaving and was taught by my grandmother.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cathy, I’m glad to meet you. How wonderful to have the love of weaving passed down to you from your grandmother! That is so cool.

      Happy Weaving,
      Karen

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