Weaving Drafts:
Bonapartes March

This watercolor drawdown and two drafts illustrate a weave pattern known as Bonaparte's March. One draft dates from 1827, the other draft and the drawdown date from the early-to-mid-1900s. To record a pattern, a weaver creates a draft and/or a drawdown. A draft looks much like a strip of musical notation; a drawdown is a visual grid that illustrates a single weaving block. This drawdown was made by Frances Louisa Goodrich (1856-1944), who recorded weaving patterns she collected in and around Asheville, North Carolina. These three versions of Bonaparte's March illustrate Goodrich's method of interpreting drafts that she collected. She pasted the original into a notebook and created her own numerical version in a second notebook. She worked out the schematic pattern and painted a watercolor version. The draft, labeled "Boney Parts March" is attributed to Phebe Young from Marion and is marked "1827." On the watercolor drawdown, Goodrich has credited Young and "Mrs. Elmeda Walker" and indicated that the pattern is painted at "½ size."


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