Thursday, April 26, 2012

Coverlet and Friends

One of my weaving guilds has been working on an overshot Friendship Coverlet project for about two and a half years. We had twelve in the beginning and only had one drop out. I would say that was pretty good. Jeff R. volunteered to weave the final square for everyone.

Several of us are just now putting our squares together. Each of us picked out a different draft and wove it twelve times, once with our color of wool weft and the rest with the other peoples colors. That way our coverlet squares would all be in our color, but we would have twelve different designs. 

While working on this project we all learned lots of things. Some had never woven with two shuttles, some had never woven with fine threads. We learned how to weave on the diagonal and how to square a block. We found we could pick out errors in our overshot squares and know how they were made and what we should have done differently. Most said it was very stressful but also very rewarding. We all gained weaving skill and became closer weaving friends.

Shirley D. and her Friendship Coverlet! She plans on displaying it as a wall hanging in her home.

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