Weaving Drafts:
Velvet Rose

This watercolor drawdown and four drafts illustrate a weave pattern known as Velvet Rose. 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. On one of the drafts, Goodrich wrote, "Copied in 1914 from Frances Colquit's." The top carries an instructional note, "it takes 992 threads to go through the draft 4 times."


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