Caught by Surprise – in a Good Way

I’ve been published! The new issue of Handwoven magazine (January/February 2016) is out. Have you seen it? Sarah Jackson, the weaving editor, had noticed my blue dice weave pillows on Pinterest. When she contacted me to ask if I would consider submitting a project for the linen issue, I was caught by surprise. Who, me?! I simply enjoy weaving. I never thought about having something published. But here we are! The dice weave linen pillows project is in print. This is a milestone in my weaving journey; and an opportunity for which I am immensely grateful! (See the blue dice weave pillows in Invisible Zipper.)

Linen dice weave pillows. Karen Isenhower
Finished linen dice weave pillows are shipped off to Fort Collins, Colorado to meet the Handwoven editorial team.
Linen dice weave pillow project.
Linen issue of Handwoven has good information and interesting projects, including instructions for linen dice weave pillows.
Project in print!
In print!

We think everything is going according to our plans, and then we run into surprises. Even a good surprise involves challenges, stretching us out of our comfort zones. God is completely faithful. He has certainly been faithful to me. I find relief in knowing the Grand Weaver is overseeing the fabric of my life. What seems like a surprise to me is actually part of his carefully designed plan.

May you be caught in the act of making something good.

With gratitude,

19 thoughts on “Caught by Surprise – in a Good Way

  1. Yeaa, yes I saw that and said hmmm, I know that name…congratulations and yes what a wonderful surprise that must be. You inspire me, thanks.

  2. Congratulations! I got my issue yesterday but only had time to skim…and completely missed that those pillows were yours! Will go look more closely as soon as I finish that last Monk’s Belt Christmas gift runner….

  3. Congratulations to you for being published. Quite an honor. I have actually had information in 2 articles oh over 8 years ago. Still feels good. I enjoy your blog. Thanks, Merry Christmas, Helen Hart in snowy Cheyenne, WY. Brrrr!

  4. I am so happy for you. I love your inspirational messages as well as your weaving wisdom. Hope to see more of your work in Handwoven!

  5. Congratulations Karen, quite a well deserved honor. I too had a project featured in the Sept/Oct issue. Quite humbling for me, being a new weaver, amazing what God does in our lives!!

  6. I have the most wonderful blog friends! Thank you all for the incredibly kind and sweet comments. I treasure each one, and I treasure each one of you! I’m so thankful that we are in this together.


  7. WOW!!!! I love it. Great work! Nice invisible zipper placement. It’s nice to see everything work out so well. LP&J, linda

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