Important Notice 12/4/2021-
Gay McGeary will be unable to present our January Workshop. Pat Donald will be presenting her workshop titled: Southern Handwoven Counterpanes.
If you were already registered for Gay’s workshop, you are included in this workshop. Should you wish to cancel, please contact our Workshop Chair at email@example.com.
Revised workshop description follows:
Counterpanes in the broadest definition are bedcovers. This workshop will focus on Southern Handwoven Counterpanes, a subset of counterpanes. Southern Handwoven Counterpanes are woven in white cotton thread and generally have some relief. They usually are made up of blocks of weaves including crackle, dimity, honeycomb, huck, M’s & O’s, spot Bronson, twill, and combinations such as dimity and honeycomb, dimity and huck, dimity and satin, mock dimity, honeycomb and huck, and huck and satin. Lecture material will cover these weave structures, effects, and treadlings along with their various spellings. Dates on the woven textiles and drafts are from the late 1800s until the early 1900s. I have documentation of Southern Handwoven Counterpanes as a textile or weaving drafts from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Historic Southern Handwoven Counterpane weaving drafts will be discussed, their format examined, and the flexibility of these drafts demonstrated through draft development and images of woven samples.
Workshop participants will be provided with a tested modern/current notation draft from a Southern Handwoven Counterpane and weave a sample for themselves and the other participants in the workshop. At the end of the workshop, woven samples will be collated, and each participant will receive a notebook containing drafts of samples woven in the workshop, a woven sample from each draft, descriptions of the samples and a bibliography for Southern Handwoven Counterpanes.
Pat Donald has been interested in counterpane drafts since 2006 and saw her first counterpane from the late 1800s in 2008. Pat belongs to the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild, Prince George Fiber Arts Guild and the Seattle Weavers Guild. She also is a member of Early American Coverlets and Counterpane, Early Weaving Books and Manuscripts and the Old Fashioned Way study groups of Complex Weavers. She has taught weaving workshops and given lectures on historic weaving drafts in four states. Her next J.C. Campbell week long workshop is scheduled for May 2022. After protesting for a number of years that she would never take up weaving, in the 1990s Pat learned to weave while a member of the Columbia (MO) Weavers and Spinners’ Guild.