Look Again

Black and white and a little red all over. Black and white just became classier. Thin red stripes appear to tunnel under long white ridges. Surely there is a designer kitchen for this towel. Right?

Black and white and a little red all over. Towels.

Fringe at the end of one cut weft thread peeks out, revealing the spot where weft threads overlap.

Since the slender red stripes are made with only two picks, I do not have to start and stop the color at the selvedge. The first pick goes all the way across, and the second pick has cut ends that are overlapped in the shed. If you are looking, you can see where the red threads overlap. If you are not looking, you would never notice it. And after the towels are washed, the join will be virtually invisible…unless you know where to look.

We find what we are looking for. If we want to see where a weaver spliced the weft, we study and examine the fabric as much as needed until we find that detail. When we look for signs of our Creator, we find that, too. His wonders are not hidden from us, they are hidden for us. What a delight when our search leads us to the Grand Weaver, Himself.

May your search lead to hidden treasures.

With you,
Karen

8 Comments

  • I love how the red really pops. I have really been enjoying seeing these towels progress. You do such lovely work.

    Kate

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for the compliment, Kate! I am enjoying the progress, myself. That’s one of the joys of weaving, isn’t it, watching the cloth develop before your eyes?

      Happy weaving,
      Karen

  • bonnie says:

    Thank you Karen, I am recently retired, and a new weaver. I have been inspired by your both your faith and your work. Just curious, how much time do you devote to weaving each day? And, just so you know, I am dressing my loom to do rosepath rugs, I first saw them on your blog/etsy shop. Thank you!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bonnie, that’s a great question! How much time each day? As much time as I can get. I try to weave something every day. I probably average about 1-2 hours a day, but sometimes much less, and other times it’s all day (that’s what I like the best :)). I don’t have a firm schedule for weaving time.
      I usually end the day with some quiet tapestry weaving on my small frame loom for about 30 minutes.

      Rosepath rugs?! My favorite! Let me know if you run into anything you have questions about. I love questions. I’m excited for you!

      Happy weaving,
      Karen

  • Cyndi says:

    The red really adds a splash of excitment Am sitting here looking out my window at the colors of the leaves and thinking of our adventure. At times like these His Wonders are on full display! We are all so Blessed.

    • Karen says:

      Hi dear Cyndi,
      You are often in my thoughts. I will never forget our amazing exploration of New England’s autumn splendor! Yes, truly the wonders of God on display.

      Love,
      Karen

  • Janet says:

    Hello Karen,
    Love your towels and getting ready to actually weave red, white, black kitchen towels myself. I have 22/2 cottolin I’m working with, your towels are not out of this by chance??

    Hope to see you next year again in Eureka Springs 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Janet, it’s great to hear from you!
      As a matter of fact, these towels are 22/2 cottolin, too. You know what they say about great minds… My towels have a combination of cottolin and 30/2 cotton for a “thick and thin” weave.

      I’m looking forward to being in your beautiful city again.
      Karen

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