From my viewpoint as a weaver, dyer, and handspinner, the pieces are masterful, starting first with the yarns themselves, many of which are handspun and then hand-dyed with indigo and cochineal. Typically, the weavers were commissioned to weave a coverlet for a homeowner, whose name they wove into the piece (as with Mary Jane Hall, above).Double weave, summer and winter, overshot, Beiderwand, point twill -- the names of the patterns are familiar to anyone who studies weaving.If the stitches appear a bit unevenly spaced or different in size, the quilt was likely handmade.If the stitches are precisely uniform in size and spacing, the quilt was probably machine-stitched.On this website, if you see shadows on a picture, they are from the photographer, they are not on the quilt.This is a 100% cotton "towel" inspired by a Colonial coverlet pattern called "The Lover's Knot". Please refer to the Lover's Knot coverlets below for colour choices. 63.5 cms x 58.5 cms .00 NZD ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A coverlet is the decorative top cover for your bed. This looks beautiful hanging over a cupboard door, over your oven door or simply use as a table runner. It has a braided cotton top closure and is shown in black on tan background.
The museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m.The cloth tag tells the name and location of the quilter, as well as the date of completion.