Perfecting the Past - Woven Coverlets


Introduction

Four-Block Quilts

Woven Coverlets

Nineteenth-Century Patterns

Needlework Traditions

Colonial History

Inspiration: Woven Coverlets

American households commonly included woven coverlets during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Because weaving was a time-consuming and complicated process, individuals often employed professional weavers to produce these coverlets. Two-color schemes, most often blue and white, made possible a wide variety of woven geometric patterns. The geometric designs weavers created were easily adapted to pieced quilt designs. Burgoyne Surrounded and Double Nine Patch resemble patterns found in overshot or double-weave coverlets.

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