(124) FULL ~ Unlocking the Mysteries of 19th Century Coverlets and Manuscripts. Part 1 of 2

NOTE: This is a 1-day, 2-session class. Experience the art of early-American coverlet pattern weaving, while learning about the simplicity of planning with weaving software. Students will learn how the 19th century coverlet weavers used block designs to create their patterns with different weave structures. They will interpret and prepare drawdowns from handwritten manuscript drafts for many different weave structures. They will also apply their knowledge to planning block designs in overshot or summer and winter weave structures based on their analyses and interpretations. To accomplish these objectives, they will use the tools found in the Fiberworks PCW weaving software. Each student will explore the wealth of design inspiration found in coverlets and manuscripts.

This workshop is for the student who wants to go to the next level in their weaving by understanding what they are weaving. It is also for the student who is interested in historic patterns and weave structures. By obtaining a draft from a coverlet or preparing a drawdown from a manuscript draft, they learn about the design elements and the characteristics of several weave structures. Double weave coverlets are written in profile drafts in early manuscripts. The student will learn how to take the profile draft/drawdown of a double weave pattern that would require between 16 to 24 shafts and write a thread by thread draft in overshot (4 shafts), summer & winter (4-8 shafts) and star works (6-8 shafts). Each weave structure has its own characteristics and constraints which must be resolved when transforming a profile draft to a thread by thread draft.


Gay McGeary

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Class Length:

One-day Class

Class Day/Time:

Saturday Morning

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Student Supplies:

  • Computer with Fiberworks PCW software program. (can be student or demo verson).