Weaving Drafts:
Pine Burr

This watercolor drawdown and two drafts illustrate a weave pattern known as Pine Burr. 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. These drawdowns were made by Frances Louisa Goodrich (1856-1944), who recorded weaving patterns she collected in and around Asheville, North Carolina. Pine Burr was one of the early weave pattern drafts Goodrich was given by Elmeda Walker. In her notes, Goodrich remarks that it was "widely used." She received other variations of the pattern sometimes called "Virginia Pine Burr." The drawdown is glued to fabric to strengthen the paper; the draft is glued into a notebook. Goodrich created a second version of the pattern in another notebook in which she copied the numerical notations of pattern drafts.


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