Weaving Pattern:
Cross of Tennessee

Cross of Tennessee weaving pattern
Cross of Tennessee weaving example

The pattern name of this black and white image is Cross of Tennessee. The name may have derived from the manner in which a geometric cross radiates out eventually forming interlocking wheels. The back of this photograph is marked: "No.16, The Cross, Union Co. Tenn." Coverlet pattern names were never standardized thus a variation in pattern name is quite common from state to state and region to region. Frances Goodrich, founder of Allanstand Cottage Industries, collected the photograph.Goodrich's work reviving traditional weaving in the mountains of western North Carolina during the late 1890s and early 1900s led her to collect weaving patterns much in the same way that others of that era were collecting mountain songs. Goodrich kept extensive records of the weave patterns and variations that she came across in her travels. Her research may have provided background for or influenced what was woven and sold through her Allanstand Cottage Industries.

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