"Don't wish me happiness I don't expect to be happy all the time....It's gotten beyond that somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor. I will need them all." Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Friday, 26 June 2020

TheSingingLoom's shop on Etsy

I want to share a tapestry design now available as cards for purchase. If you wish to purchase them directly through me rather than through Etsy you can email me at woolraven@hotmail.com. The tapestry and cards were designed with the intention to share hope and give encouragement- something that has helped me with the loss in my life. 


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Saturday, 2 May 2020

Prince Edward Island lighthouse tapestry #2

I have learned each day no matter what it brings is a gift from God. The question is - what will I do with it? The really dark days have made me treasure the joyful one's. I appreciate the simplicity of a good day and I put my faith in God's words to carry me through each dark day. My memories of how He has done this in my past comfort me as do the promises in the Bible. "The Lord will be your everlasting light and your days of sorrow will end." Isaiah 60:20. I see the lighthouse on the island landscape as a type of "everlasting light." Lighthouses are new for me as there were none on the island I moved from on the British Columbia coast. I feel so joyful to visit these Prince Edward island lighthouses and weave them for the spiritual significance they bring to me. (For some time I have been unable to comment on my blog or on other's so until I resolve this I will not be posting as often. However, I will continue to post sporadically. Thank you for your visits and may you be blessed.)

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Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Prince Edward Island Lighthouse tapestry

Where does my strength and courage come from? I find it in the words of the sacred, ancient, inspired book.  I never tire of reading it, indeed it's light is - "a lamp to my feet." Psalm 119:105.  In a few weeks, at the end of march I will have been on this east coast island a year. During this last year there have been many challenges- other than the move itself which I already posted about. When I got here within several weeks the barn roof began leaking and I knew the cottage roof wouldn't make it through another winter. I was blessed with being able to find a good carpenter who quickly put on new roofs. Later, when I took off the skirting on the cottage I discovered one end of the cottage was ready to collapse. This was beyond the expertise of the carpenter but again God made a way out and it was fixed within my budget. Still, I had to put the new skirting on the cottage before winter and I didn't have much time and I was working with a handsaw- would I be able to get the task done? The day after I finished -it snowed and the cold, icy winds of november set in. The next month as I watched the snow falling it didn't take me long to learn that the back of the cottage roof does not shed snow. After a significant snowfall I climbed up a ladder and went onto my roof to shovel the snow off. I did get the snow off  but there was a very long minute when I thought I was going to fall but I was given sufficient physical strength and danger was adverted. The rest of the winter I removed the snow using a rake but I was blessed I didn't fall off the ladder I was standing on to use the rake as it was balanced precariously in the snow. His presence is a light to me in the darkest days. His presence is strength to me every day. It's all in the bible- a gift to anyone who will read it and believe.

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Saturday, 22 February 2020

Bark Beige

Bark beige is the colour I see driving by unknown tree's around me on this east coast island. It's also the colour of this handwoven tea towel. I was reading through the legal paperwork for the cottage and I read the words- in the year of our Lord. It was referring to part of the legal description for a date. It made me pause and think. Was there a time when it was mainstream belief that time did belong to God? I searched through my legal documents from my BC cabin paperwork and found no such wording. Had there ever been? I changed my carrot muffin recipe and this is the updated version. In a mixing bowl add 2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. In a second bowl add in 1 cup loosely grated carrots, 1 large egg, 1/4 cup oil, 3/4 cup water with 2 tablespoons dry milk powder added in. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and spoon into a greased muffin tin. Bake 375 for 20-25 mins. Makes 12 muffins.  There is a prayer from an old, undated United Church Of Canada prayer book which reads - O heavenly Father, in whom we live and move and have our being: we humbly pray Thee so to guide and govern us by the Holy Spirit, that in all the joys, care's and occupations of our daily life, we may never forget Thee, but remember that we are ever walking in Thy sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Saturday, 1 February 2020

Rustic Red

Handwoven. I love the way it feels in my hands. The way it looks hanging on the towel rack. And now I want to bake bread, crackers and biscuits just so I can wrap them in it. It is my 100% cotton kitchen tea towel's that I have started to weave. This towel is in rustic red and I love the softness of the colour. As I said in my previous post -this is my new song to the Lord.

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Weaving a song

I had a dream - I was handweaving kitchen tea towels. So when the time was right my young daughter and I built a bobbin stand to hold the right amount of bobbins of warp that I would need. We found boards in the backyard that needed repurposing so with my handsaw, drill and a few screws and wood glue we built it on a piece of cardboard in the cottage kitchen. The cost was the dowels and machine bolts. It works beautifully and when it is not in use I dry laundry on it. And than I began to weave tea towels and my loom wove a song. <Sing a new song to the Lord. Psalm 98:1> 

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Friday, 27 December 2019

Bethel United Church - Part 3

I finished weaving the little historic church here on western Prince Edward Island that I blogged about in august. It was hard to know what to leave in and what to leave out as there were so many stories to tell. In the end I went with my observations from the first visit. The ending of a tapestry and the beginning of a new warp is a good way for me to end one year and begin another. I am so very thankful for God's care and for the opportunity to be here on the east coast. It has been an amazing, adventure filled year that I could never have done without God. <The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God. Psalm 68:35>

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