Weaving Drafts:
Germany Star

This weaving draft and watercolor drawdown illustrate the coverlet pattern known as Germany Star. 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. This weave pattern is one of many drafts given to Frances Goodrich by Elmeda Walker. Goodrich pasted two numerical drafts in a notebook, making notes on each. The notes indicate that the pattern dates from "1754 Mrs Walker named it. As it came to her it was called Lady's Quilt." The pattern is believed to have come from Germany.


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