Weaving Drafts:
Federal Constitution

This watercolor drawdown and associated drafts, dating from the early-to-mid 1900s, illustrate the coverlet pattern known as Federal Constitution. 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 use of graph paper indicates that this pattern was drawn later in her life, likely between 1920 and 1940. The draft was given to Goodrich by the Shearer family of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. A note in a book Goodrich kept to record acquisitions reads: "Federal Constitution - short in some places. Prudence Durfee her Draught. Drawn Feb'y 5th, 1800." Goodrich pasted the original draft into a notebook and created her own numerical version in a second notebook. She interpreted the draft and painted a watercolor version of the pattern.


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