Share the Joy of Weaving

What a delight to share the weaving experience with a friend! Two of these hot pads were woven by friends with no prior weaving experience. Miniature rag rugs make great hot pads, and provide a perfect learning experience for a guest weaver.

Rag rug hot pads.

Tenth hot pad, woven on 12/9 cotton warp. Fabric strips, previously cut for rag rugs, are used for the weft.

Ten rag rug hot pads are cut from the loom!

Ten hot pads are cut from the loom.

Ten hot pads ready for finishing.

Ten hot pads ready for finishing.

Finished handwoven rag rug hot pads.

Ends are tied in overhand knots and trimmed. Ready to be used!

I hope you are finding opportunities to share your joys with friends. The Christmas season reminds us that we have someone greater who shared His joy with us. He stays by our side, waiting for any call for help, but allows us to make the mistakes that teach us life lessons. As with weaving, every error can be forgiven. There is a remedy for any hopeless situation. Take courage, God is a rescuer. He sent Jesus on a mission to rescue us. And absolutely nothing can stop the mission of God. I am amazed at what he can do with the threads of a willing soul. Joy to the world, the Lord has come. Let earth receive her King.

May you share your joy.

Merry Christ – mas,


  • Beth Mullins says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work!

  • Lindy says:

    Hello, I love these hot pads but have a question (I’m new to weaving): what are the little white cloth strips on the corners of these pads and what did you do to them – they aren’t in the finished pictures?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lindy, Great question! The white you see is the scrap weft header. I weave two or three inches with throw-away fabric strips (mostly from old worn-out bedsheets) before and after every rag rug, or mini rag rag. The purpose of the scrap weft is to hold the weft of the rug in place. The scrap weft is removed a little at a time as I tie the warp ends into knots to make the weft completely secure.

      Happy weaving,

  • Jill Kendall says:

    Beautiful & glorious words, Karen!
    Merry Christmas from North Carolina!

  • Norma Sliper says:

    Please tell how I can get your patterns for weaving mug rugs, placemats, and pot holders..

  • Darcy Damrau Steck says:

    Hi Karen,
    I recently discovered your blog while researching swedish rosepath. Your weaving is an inspiration thank you for sharing your experience. I am a self-taught weaver and have learned that rosepath can be woven as boundweave, on opposites or with tabby between pattern picks. Can you tell me how this pattern was woven and where I can find a draft?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Darcy, Rosepath was the thing that drew me into Swedish weaving practices. You will find drafts for rosepath (rosengång) in almost any Swedish rag rug book. The rosepath in most of these mug rugs is woven with tabby between pattern picks. A couple of them have just the rosepath, without tabby.

      Have fun with your rosepath exploration! (I haven’t done a lot of the other types of rosepath, but if you put “bound rosepath” and “rosepath on opposites” in the search field you may find some examples of those.)

      Happy weaving,

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Relaxed Rosepath Rag Rugs

As soon as the cloth is cut from the loom, the threads begin to relax. On the loom, the warp width for these rag rugs was 27 inches (68.5 cm). How quickly everything can change! Now, spread out on the floor, the width has already narrowed to 25 inches (63.5 cm). In a week or two, the width will have narrowed by another 1/2 inch (1.25 cm). [How do I know? THIS CHRISTMAS RUG, cut from this same warp a few weeks ago, is now 24 1/2 inches (62.25 cm) wide.] Since all the looming tension is over, these rugs can just lay back and relax. Haha! That’s how I feel whenever a few demanding weeks or months finally come to a close.

Rosepath Rag Rugs just off the loom!

Not yet cut apart, three new rosepath rag rugs await final finishing. Wefts will be secured by tying warp ends into knots; and hems will be pressed and stitched.

We do need the experiences that stretch us, and we need the relaxed times as well. Life will always have its ups and downs, but there is one thing that brings consistency through it all. Faith. Faith looks back and remembers being rescued; and faith looks forward into the unknown with courage. A life of faith is a life that is full. Not full of stuff or projects, but full of meaning.

Love. Belief. Joy. These are the gifts we bring to our rescuer. Our faith in him is rewarded with his own nearness. So, whether stretched or at ease, we know with confidence that we are loved.

May your faith be renewed.



  • Birthe P says:

    I’m just now making warp for rugs – in rosepath 🙂

  • Karen says:

    Great choice! Let me know how it works out for you.

  • Opal says:

    Those are gorgeous! How long did it take you to weave all of them?

    • Karen says:

      Opal, Thanks so much for the compliment!
      Two months. …but there were a lot of interruptions, ha ha ha.

      Seriously, I did actually keep track of my time, so here are the details:
      About 5 hours to wind the warp and dress the loom.
      Weaving – About 6 hours per rug. (4 rugs x 6 = 24 hours)
      Finishing the ends and hemming – About 2 hours per rug. (4 rugs x 2 = 8 hours)

  • Judith says:

    A beautiful post for eye and soul. Thank you!
    Do you use a temple? We call them that in Canada, not sure if you just
    call them stretchers in the U.S. I have a 60″ Glimakra and Joanne Hall (Glim. USA) really encourages the use of a temple as do all the Swedish weaving
    books. I have a love-hate relationship with them as they really slow me down but I’m happy with the lack of draw in.

    • Karen says:

      Judith, I’m happy that you found the post meaningful.

      I absolutely always use a temple when weaving rugs. And I almost always use a temple for everything else. Joanne Hall has been one of my mentors, and she made it clear that using a temple is one of the easiest ways to maintain consistency in weaving. Becky Ashenden told me that she would never consider weaving a rug without a temple.
      Since I started out with that thought; and since Joanne and Becky are two of the best weavers I know, it only seems natural to me to have a temple in place. 🙂
      But I understand what you mean – Who wants to stop and move the temple every few inches?

  • Beth says:

    Good Morning, Karen! I just put a rosepath rag rug warp on my loom this weekend and I’m testing my drafts/wefts now! I’m so excited to have found you and your projects online while I’ve done research; have a great week!

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