Weaving Drafts:
Seven Stars 1

This watercolor drawdown and its associated weaving draft illustrate a weave pattern known as Seven Stars, which also known as Sea 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. The drawdown was made by Frances Louisa Goodrich (1856-1944), who recorded weaving patterns she collected in and around Asheville, North Carolina. Goodrich painted the complicated pattern on unlined paper and glued it to fabric for strength. The draft strip, which notes "Elmeda Walker's draft", is attached below the drawdown.


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