Weaving Drafts:
Compass Work 3

This watercolor drawdown and draft illustrate 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. Goodrich made a note that this pattern was the "earliest collected"; however, the draft is not dated. Goodrich pasted the original drafts into a notebook and created her own numerical version in a second notebook. She worked out the schematic pattern in visual form and painted a watercolor to illustrate the pattern block. This pattern was also known as "Zion Rose" and "The Ring."


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