Weaving Drafts:
Compass Work 2

This watercolor drawdown illustrates a weave pattern known as Compass Work. 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. The pattern was given to Goodrich by Maria Stillwell. There are three place names following: "Swain Co. / Macon Co. Nantahala." All three places are in North Carolina, west of Asheville. Goodrich also noted that the pattern was "Almost identical with Cumi Woody's." This pattern is also know as Zion Rose and The Ring.


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