Tapestry Diary Mistake and Remedy

If you must be in a hurry, then you probably won’t enjoy handweaving. Your hurry up condition will be put to the test even more so with tapestry weaving. And when you make mistakes, the errors can usually be remedied, but it always takes more time. Have patience.

Back of finished small tapestry.

Small tapestry is finished when close inspection reveals a critical omission–there is no twining at the bottom edge of the weaving.

I meant to have this piece finished two months ago, but that’s another story. Now that I have finally woven the last pick I am so eager to take the tapestry off the frame. Wait a minute. What? I forgot to do the twining at the beginning of the tapestry? The twining is essential; it keeps the weft in place when the warp tension is relaxed. Okay, have patience, Karen. Do what needs to be done. Add the twining.

Twining added at bottom of small tapestry.

With little space in which to manipulate threads, the accidentally omitted twining is added in.

Twining added at bottom of small tapestry.

Added twining is pushed into place at the bottom of the small tapestry.

Small tapestry diary. Karen Isenhower

Finished view. Now that the added twining makes a pleasant oultine, I like how the tapestry looks on the frame loom. I may leave it on the frame one more day.

Patience is a virtue. What do you do when your patience is put to the test? Especially with important life issues. Trust in the Lord and be still. Waiting patiently is better than fretting. Is it possible the Lord has some finishing work to do in us, requiring patience, before we move on to the next assignment?

May you find errors while they are still fixable.



  • Sandy says:

    Karen, do you do any finishing on the back?

    • Karen says:

      Sandy, I will make an edging with the warp ends when I remove the tapestry from the frame loom, but I don’t do any other finishing on the back, other than trimming all the yarn to about 1/2″.


  • kath says:

    Your tapestry is awesomely beautiful and thank you for the life lesson on patience, it comes at just the right time. I have been working on patience for a good while now….I have found it with my fibery fun, now to incorporate it into every day life.

    • Karen says:

      Dear Kath,
      Learning patience is a continual lesson for all of us, isn’t it? Your sweet compliment makes me smile. Thanks!

      Happy Weaving,

  • Trish says:

    When I think back I don’t remember being taught the virtue of patience when young or in school. So it’s nice to be reminded that it’s ok to go slower and stay calm… I’m learning the outcome is better in what I do and how I feel about myself and my work. Thanks Karen.

    • Karen says:

      That’s a good point, Trish! I think you are right–the outcome IS better when we slow down and stay calm.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • Carrol says:

    Karen your tapestry is such a beautiful artistic work of art you are so gifted and thank you for sharing your fabulous work. Yes that word patience certainly does arise quite often a great posting to remind us of it , as weaving does give us another avenue to practise it, I find the continuous developing and faith of telling myself …that everything in my life will unfold as it should ….slows down the anxiety to calmly work it out. Bless you Karen

    • Karen says:

      Carrol, Thank you!
      I appreciate hearing everyone’s thoughts on patience. It is worthwhile to give consideration to things that make a difference in how our lives function. I am so happy you’ve added your voice to the conversation!

      Blessings to you,

  • linda says:

    LOVE the tapistery. I believe patience comes with age. As we get older we come to understand doing a project right may take time and we are ready to give that project that needed time. Along with being a weaver I’m also a knitter and a Quilter. My friends that quilt are always in a hurry to make the next quilt so they have their quilts machine quilted. i, PERSONALLY, hand quilt because I spend the time quietly reflecting on the person the quilt is for hoping they will some day know how much love, patience, joy and happiness went into their quilt. Weaving is the same The planning and the correcting to make the project the right size, for me, takes a lot of thought. threading a thousand ++threads of 20/2 for the warp takes me forever. I can only do 50 threads a day. the weaving is ,in a lot of cases, mindless work unless it’s a new complicated pattern, but it all takes patience to make it come out right. God given or insight from ageing ,patience is a blessing we hopefully will all attain. LPJ, linda

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda,
      Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you like the way it turned out!
      I’m grateful that God designed us to gain insight as we age. And I’m grateful for the insight you share!

  • Colleen says:

    Hi Karen,
    Beautiful work! Too bad you have to take it off the loom as it makes a fine frame.

    I am dealing with major challenges right now (newly widowed and new health issues) such as do I stay here or move. If I move, where on earth should I go. If I stay how will I care for the house and acreage. I find that my textile and fiber work are calming and help me to remember to be more patient with God. I can lose my self in the work and have the peace of mind for extensive prayer and conversation with God.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Colleen, I like it on the frame, too! I have to remove it, though, to start another tapestry. It could get costly to purchase a new frame loom for every new tapestry. 🙂

      It is sweet to hear how the Lord is carrying you through your time of waiting and seeking. I’m sorry for the hard things you have had to go through.

  • Amy says:

    Hello! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work! I wondered if you would grant permission for me to share your images in a small Sunday School (with credit), accompanied by the Tapestry Poem? Thank you for letting me know 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amy, Thank you for asking! I would be honored for you to use my images for your Sunday school class. The Tapestry Poem is dear to my heart.

      All the best,

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Tapestry Diary Imaginary Mountains

Small tapestry weaving has been added back to my evening routine. Tea and tapestry. This quieting-down practice closes my day. I missed that. I didn’t decide to stop my tapestry ritual; I just drifted away as life got complicated, a little at a time, until I wasn’t doing any tapestry at all.

Tapestry diary on frame loom.

Tapestry diary resumes, adding one little mountain each day.

Small tapestry diary progress, woven from the back.

Small tapestry woven from the back.

I am weaving little mountains here–one little mountain each day. I let my imagination create scenes that are hidden from view. There are lush valleys between the peaks, and brush-covered hills too short to be seen. In the imaginary mountains, there are innumerable hiding places. I see myself slipping out of sight to sit on a quiet grassy slope next to a sparkling stream.

Small tapestry diary progress. Karen Isenhower

New mountains are woven, creating more imaginary hiding places.

Daily tapestry practice. Tapestry and tea to close the day.

Daily quiet tapestry and tea provides a peaceful close to each day’s adventures.

When life gets complicated and overwhelming, there is one thing we need. A safe place to hide. The Lord provides a hiding shelter in his presence to those who come to him. This is the place of safety. From our hiding place, we can see across the distance, make plans for the future, and rest up to continue our journey with strength–strength to cross one mountain at a time.

May you find a hiding place when you need it.



  • Karin Wehlin says:

    Wonderful picture and words!

  • linda says:

    Hi. As always very nice. Are you making an actual sky cloud hot air balloon bird picture, or an abstract? can’t wait to see. LPJ, linda
    PS I’m computer illiterate, just about kinder garden level so I cannot share my weaving with you. Please know you do bring me joy and inspire me. I won’t see a reply d/t deleting emails quickly.

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Quiet Friday: Little Tapestry Diary

Do you want to develop a good habit? Do that good thing every day for a month, …or so they say. It may be true, because I think my tapestry dabbling is turning into a habit. It seems perfectly natural, now, to end my day enjoying some peace and quiet with my little tapestry frame and a cup of tea. For the month of January, I completed a rectangular or square shape each day. February has no rectangles, only triangles and shapes with slanted sides. January 2015 is finished, and February is almost over. A tapestry dabbling diary is a simple way to mark the passage of time while letting ideas and images escape to become visible.

Some of the photos include Steve’s amazing woodcarving handiwork. And be sure to check out the video at the end showing how I create a finished edging for this little January tapestry diary.

Preparing warp for tapestry diary on a frame loom.

Empty warp ready for January 1st. Blank slate for collecting ideas. (This is the Freja Tapestry Frame by Glimåkra, lap size. Following pictures show the two magnets Steve added for holding my tapestry needle.)

Tapestry woven from the back.

Tapestry diary progress.

Tapestry diary for January is ending. More pics.

January tapestry diary. Pics and video.

Woodcarving and tapestry. The Isenhower's.

Amos is heading somewhere, and will not be deterred.

Woodcarving and weaving. The Isenhower's.

It is possible to be so focused on where you are going that you do not even see the “masterpiece” in the room?

Woodcarving and tapestry.

Hand-carved marionette and tapestry. The Isenhower's.

January tapestry diary off the loom. Karen Isenhower

May you measure time with the good habits you develop.

Happy Tapestry Weaving,


  • linda says:

    the tapestries are verry nice, but what do you use them for? Are they wall art, mug rugs, framed and put on tables? linda

    • Karen says:

      Linda, What do I use them for? Thank you for asking. That’s an excellent question. In fact, that may be a key to why I only dabble in tapestry. I really like making things that are useful, not just decorative.
      So far, they are practice pieces… I hope to continue these monthly little tapestries and somehow mount them (or some of them) in groupings for a wall display. I haven’t figured that part out yet.
      – Karen

  • Betsy says:

    Did your husband carve Amos? He is fantastic! The tapestry is a nice piece too. I like your color palette.

    • Karen says:

      Yes, my husband did that carving of Amos. I like the way he painted the figure, too, as well as the carving. Yep, Steve is pretty good at this.
      I’m glad you like the tapestry color palette. I really enjoy choosing the colors for something like this.


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Tapestry Diary in Valentine Colors

Honestly, I did not set out to create an optical illusion with this small tapestry diary. Reds, pinks, and whites seem like stylish colors for the month of Valentine love. My primary intention with this piece was simply to work on varying angles and shading.

February tapestry diary uses Valentine colors.

Tapestry diary hangs on the wall, making it easy to remember daily tapestry practice. An instrument not in a case is always more likely to be picked up for fun, which is practice in disguise.

I thought simple colors and shapes were just that–colors and shapes; however, two interesting themes have emerged, quite by “accident.” One is the hint of a cupid’s arrow. Do you see the arrow feathers? The other is the optical illusion of creased folds across the cloth. (If you squint a certain way and tilt your head, see if you can make the inner and outer “folds” reverse.)

Your style shows how you want others to see you. But your heart tells the inside story of who you are. I may be focusing on what clothing and accessories to wear, thinking of colors and shapes; meanwhile, my heart is putting hidden things on display. The hidden person of the heart is who you really are. Let people remember you by your internal person more than by your external appearance. Then your chosen colors will simply enhance the true picture of you.

May you fascinate others with your inner beauty.

Check out my Etsy shop for some new items. You’ve seen the pot holders and rag weave table runner here: Textured Textiles for Christmas.

(You can now find me on Instagram as celloweaver. Follow to see more pics of woven items in my home and daily weaving progress.)

Day by day,


  • kathyo says:

    Lovely weaving and what a nice little loom!
    I’m a bit NW of you but still in TX… I’m enjoying reading your blog.

  • Colleen says:

    Such a nice little loom. What make is it?

    • Karen says:

      Colleen, this is the Freja Tapestry Frame, lap size, made by Glimakra. It’s very sturdy and well made. I got mine directly from Joanne Hall at http://www.glimakrausa.com, but there may be other places that carry it, as well. I’ve been thinking about getting the larger size Freja frame, also, to add to my “collection”…

  • Colleen says:

    Thanks, the sturdiness is what took my eye. On a whim I bought Tapestry Weaving by Glasbrook, but I don’t have a loom! 🙂 Do you like the tensioning device on the Freja?
    I have been reading Not Like the Lilies which is an ethnographic type description of the Doukhobors, their journey to Canada, and their textile traditions in Canada. According to the book, they commonly wove edgings on a floor loom in tapestry style. The book is informative if you like the history of textiles or reading about the practices of different cultures.

    • Karen says:

      I can see why you want a loom to go with that book. Haha. Glasbrook does an excellent job of explaining basic techniques. I really like her book! Great pictures, too.
      Yes, I do like the tensioning device on the Freja. It makes it very easy to tighten the warp–a little, or a lot. I haven’t had any problems with it.

      Not Like the Lilies sounds like a very interesting read. Thanks, I’ll look it up. I’m always interested in learning about practices of different cultures. That’s fascinating to me.

      Heads up for Friday’s post (2/27/15). It’s more about the tapestry diary on the tapestry frame.

  • Colleen says:

    The author of the book is Dorothy K. Burnham. I have two other of her books, but just happened to read the one I mentioned first. Another of hers that I have is Cut My Cote, which as a weaver , may be of interest to you. She gives diagrams for how different groups in Eastern Europe, Western Asia, and the Far East made very efficient use of their cloth, yet their cloths are more than just a sack (think kimono). I bought the books hopping to be able to adapt some of the ideas for my use.
    Thanks for your feedback.

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What Does Your Tapestry Look Like?

Little things add up, especially when they continue day after day. Nearing completion, the tapestry diary I started on January 1st only has a few days, and not a lot of warp, left. The things we do consistently, little by little, make the biggest difference overall. (You can see the start of this tapestry in Tapestry Diary: Day One.)

Small tapestry diary. Karen Isenhower

Small tapestry is an accumulation of little rectangular sections woven day by day. Photo credit Steve Isenhower

Tapestry diary means I weave a small section every day. It has become my habit to sit down with my loom and my little selection of yarn in the evening, after supper is cleaned up. This is becoming a treasured wind-down time for me, something I look forward to. And when I finish my little section, Steve says, “Let me see what you added today.” Ah, sweet encouragement becomes motivation.

You and I have the amazing ability to impact other people for the better. It’s the little by little that makes the biggest difference. Your friends need you. Your prayer and touch may be what they need to soar in life. We need each other. What a wonderful world we live in, where our Creator designed us to thrive through the kindness of others. Imagine the tapestry He is creating with our little caring efforts.

May you weave a tapestry of kindness.

If you have woven, or are weaving, a tapestry diary, I’d love to hear about it!

Day by day,

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