Karen Isenhower, handweaverWelcome! The door’s open to my handweaving studio in Texas Hill Country. Come on in and stay for a chat while I show you what I’m working on. You’ll always find some kind of weaving here.

I’ll let you know right up front that I’m still learning, that I don’t always know what I’m talking about, and that I do make mistakes. I would rather appear flawless, but that would make it harder for us to get to know each other.

I’m more of a listener and observer than a talker, so you’ll find I’m quiet some days. But I’m thrilled to have you stop by, because I always have something on the loom to show you.

One more thing about me. I love discovering the extraordinary in the ordinary. I look for insights as if it were a treasure hunt. Handweaving is a field rich with these treasures, and I enjoy sharing what I find. I love it when you express your thoughts in the comments, as well.

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Happy Weaving,

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15 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Karen. I love the black and red warp rep table runner… I’m wondering if you would be willing to share the draft? Thanks!

    1. Hi Lisa,

      I had a lot of fun making the black and red warp rep pieces, so I’m glad you like them! The draft is from “The Big Book of Weaving” by Laila Lundell, p. 98-99. I will also send you an email with some more details.

  2. Karen, surfing around websites on weaving…Pinterest, etc. and found yours. Wish I could drop in sometime but I’m in Raleigh, NC so it would be a drive! I’ve only been weaving 3 years….after retirement….but love it and hope to get into rag rugs before too long. Also I have done some overshot liturgical weaving…mostly stoles…and feel somewhat called to do this. I want to do a communion cloth of linen in a lace pattern, but have never woven with linen and from what I read I might have to do a lot of praying..:) well that a good thing tho. Nice to see your work and will follow you for inspiration. Thanks for the note at the end of your work, yes I can see the similarities of weaving and living. Thanks again, Bruce

  3. Lovely site! So glad to have found my way here! I’m your Instagram friend “Yogiknitgirl”! Your work is beautiful, I look forward to receiving your email posts and keeping up with all you are working on!
    Donna 🙂

    1. Hi Donna,
      What fun to have another Instagram friend join me here! Welcome. It’s really good to have you!

      Happy Weaving,

  4. Hi, I’m a Houston, Texas native now living in Munich, Germany. I just bought an Oxaback Lilla floor loom and am about to create and put on my first warp. Please wish me luck! Do you have any tips for doing the first tie up (that’s the term for attaching treadles to Lamms, right?) that will last through a few projects?

    Look forward to learning from you! I’ll look for you on Instagram also.


    1. Hi Gale, It’s great to connect with you across the miles.
      How exciting! A new loom! I don’t have experience with a Lilla, but I think it’s very similar to the Glimakra Ideal that I have. Do you have instructions for back-to-front warping? Quiet Friday: Warping Back to Front with Confidence (link) shows the process I use. It doesn’t include every detail, but it does mention the 3 books that I love that do have all the specifics.

      I don’t try to keep the same tie-up for several projects in a row. I love changing things up as much as possible. 🙂 Because I love weaving new things that I have never tried before. Always a learning journey for me…

      Do catch me on Instagram! – you’ll find me @celloweaver.

      Happy weaving!

    1. Hi Else, I’m sorry that is happening for you. It may be because the notification is sent by MailChimp and your email doesn’t recognize it as personal email. I suggest try putting my email address (karen@warpedforgood) in your Contacts on your computer and see if that resolves the issue.


  5. I just found you and now I’m rethinking my earlier thoughts of selling my mother’s Harrisville loom. I love that you have a loom taking up prime living space like a grand piano. Thank you for the inspiration.

    1. Hi Emily, Most houses aren’t built with a loom in mind, so we must find a solution if we want to weave. A loom is a pleasant thing to see, especially when it is dressed with lovely threads. So why not keep it where it can be used and seen?

      I’m glad you found your way here!
      Happy weaving,

  6. Your Swedish curtains are beautiful—and inspiring. I am a new weaver (with many decades of other fiber work) and am urgently using my mid century 2 shaft Bender floor loom for dish towels. I sampled some “lace” using carpet warp for my first lesson, but wonder whether your curtain pattern, or a variation of it, could be made on a 2-shaft loom? I have a special interest in Swedish textiles and techniques.

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