Weaving Christmas

If it weren’t for Christmas, this would be one of those times I would wish for a longer warp. Why is this halvdräll so enjoyable to weave? Simplicity and complexity, cottolin and linen, two shuttles, and interesting treadling. This peppermint red and white is striking and cheerful, and makes the weaving studio feel like Christmas!

Halvdräll on the loom. Christmas table square.
Red cutting line separates the sample piece from the first table square.

I may have it off the loom by Christmas. I am going to try, because I would love to have this festive cloth on the table Christmas Day as my gift to our family. Our children and their spouses, and the four grandchildren, and one on the way!… All will be here with us to celebrate together. That’s a beautiful gift. Family.

Christmas table square in halvdräll on the loom. Karen Isenhower
Red linen forms the pattern in two blocks.

The most extravagant Christmas gift is the Son given to us. The majestic choral and instrumental lines in Handel’s Messiah have familiarized an ancient prophecy. Can you hear the singing as you read these lyrics?

For unto us a child is born,

unto us

a son is given,

and the government shall be upon his shoulder;

and his name shall be called



Almighty God,

the Everlasting Father,

the Prince of Peace.

May you be surrounded with beautiful gifts.

Weaving Christmas,

11 thoughts on “Weaving Christmas

  1. Merry Christmas to one and all; may peace love and joy be reigned don on all. LP&J, linda

    I have a friend whose family encompases Christanity and Jeduism. they have come up with Chris-Quan-Hanzakah to join us all. May your homes be filled with light and life. LP&J, linda

  2. Beautiful Karen! I can’t wait to see this! I know you will enjoy finishing this festive weaving! I hope you have some lovely, inspiring Christmas music to guide your shuttle! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family! Love to you.

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