Weaving Windows of Time

The 8/2 cotton threads are doubled, and form an outline around the delicate 20/2 cotton threads, creating this Swedish lace. I see the 8/2 outline as a window frame around panes of glass. A repeating geometric pattern like this is a visual impression of the cycles that form our backdrop for life. The sun rises and sets; seasons follow their sequence; years come and go. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Handwoven Swedish lace using double bobbin shuttle

By using a double bobbin shuttle, the thicker outline threads are placed in the shed together without twisting.

Life hands us constant changes, but one thing we can always expect is a new day. We have been given a lifetime of tomorrows. Even when we are not able to see the sun because of clouds, the sun still rises.

In that consistency of tomorrow, no matter what the present day offers, there is a knowing that runs deep in every soul. In moments of solitude we feel it: The creator loves me. No matter what. New every morning.

May your soul be refreshed today and tomorrow, and the day after that, and so on…

Lovingly,
Karen

5 Comments

  • Bev says:

    His mercies are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed, thy hand hath provided. Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto thee!

    Are you singing to the Lord as you weave this pattern, Karen? Praises to our faithful Lord! Love to you as you weave away. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Bev, when I weave, I’m doing more concentrating than singing, ha ha. But that old familiar hymn certainly rings true. I never get tired of thinking about his faithfulness–through ages and ages of time, and his mercies–new every day. Old and new, perfectly combined.

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  • JEAN says:

    Hello,
    I am new to your blog site. My nephew has asked me to weave curtains for his kitchen window in his new home. I love the ones you have made. Do you have directions for them that I can use? Thank you so much.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jean, Welcome!

      You can find instructions for the Swedish lace curtains in The Big Book of Weaving, by Laila Lundell, “Cotton Summer Curtains,” p. 114.

      I think your nephew is very fortunate to have you!

      Happy Weaving,
      Karen

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