Early southern coverlets were woven with fine cotton and wool for the cooler months. However, southern counterpanes were woven with fine cotton only for the warmer months. Gay has found several collections of 19th century drafts for overshot/float work patterns and for the various counterpane weave structures. The drafts supply only basic information since it was assumed the weaver knew the standard threading treadling systems. There is a rich heritage of southern coverlets and counterpanes waiting to be explored.
This workshop will include learning how to decipher the early drafts. Next, the participants will prepare drawdowns of the drafts using Fiberworks PCW (downloads are free, but printing & saving are not available without purchasing it). Each participant will warp their looms before the start of the workshop, so they have time to learn the treadling sequence and practice their weaving.
Gay McGeary has been researching and weaving coverlets for over twenty-five years. Nineteenth century coverlet patterns, weave structures and fringe techniques fascinate her. While the inspiration for her designs originates with early coverlet weaving, she finds that her weaving software is an invaluable design tool. It allows her to visualize a graphical representation of pattern, weave structure and color for her proposed work. She incorporates color, texture and pattern within her finely woven coverlets; combining art with function.
Gay has presented workshops and presentations of her research and weaving for local and state guilds, Complex Weavers Seminar 2012 and Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association Seminar 2015. She contributes articles about her weaving to Complex Weavers Journal, Shuttle, Shuttle & Dyepot and the Early American Coverlet Study Group. For More information about Gay’s work see her website at http://www.coverletweaver.com/.