New Year of Weaving Progress

This year is different. I’m going to get organized, keep every loom dressed, and bake fruit pies for my husband! Alas, good intentions are not a reliable measure of what my progress will be. I always want to do more than what I manage to get done.

Finishing work for cotton placemats.
Before washing and drying the fabric I examine it. I look for errors and clip off any weft tails.
Luggage ribbons made from handwoven scraps.
I cut the placemats to a uniform size. Scraps that were cut off will be used as ribbons to mark luggage for my daughter’s family as they prepare to travel. I simply zigzagged the edges of the scraps.

I washed, pressed, hemmed, and pressed again the twelve placemats. Finishing is finished. It’s a nice way to end one year and start the next. Measurable progress.

Pressing handwoven placemats.
Pressing in the dining room.
Twelve handwoven cotton placemats.
Twelve handwoven placemats. No two alike. Basket weave, color and weave effects. 8/2 cotton warp and weft.

Thankfully, our value isn’t wrapped up in what we accomplish. Or what we don’t. We need the Lord’s grace. It’s strength that’s beyond our own strength. Grow in grace. Grow in strength. That’s my prayer this year for you and for me.

New handwoven cotton placemats.
Welcome. Grace spoken here.

May your value be wrapped up in grace.

Happy New Weaving Year,

25 thoughts on “New Year of Weaving Progress

  1. Thank you for the past year. I like the grow in strength and grow in grace! May you and your loved one travel light and always find your way home. God speed in the New Year!

    1. Hi Rachel, What a kind thing for you to say – “travel light and always find your way home” – very comforting thought.

      Have a blessed year ahead,

  2. Thank you for your prayers, Karen. I can always use more grace and strength.
    Clever idea for the placemat strips. I will pray for your a safe journey for your family and happiness in their new home.

    Happy New Year!

  3. Happy New Year Karen,

    It is a marvel how the same resources used can become so may different things. The beautiful place mats are from the same resources, but are so different.

    They represent your application of the gifts from God. Previent grace is such a blessing.


    1. Hi Nannette, Your thoughtful response is touching. I also thought of the people who will be sitting at the table — many similarities, yet so different from each other. It’s fitting that each person has a unique place setting at the table.

      Happy New Year,

  4. Your table looks lovely, Karen! You must have all the boxes unpacked! We will miss you at WOW this week, but we wish you a very happy and productive New Year.

    1. Hi D’Anne, I did get all the boxes in the dining room unpacked. Haha, but there are quite a few boxes still unopened in the garage. Little by little…

      I will miss being with all the ladies at WOW!

      Happy New Year!

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