Weaving Drafts:
Wagon Wheels

This watercolor drawdown and two drafts illustrate a weave pattern identified as Waggon Wheels (Wagon Wheels). 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 pattern likely came to Goodrich from Mary Shearer of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. On the draft Goodrich noted, "Shearer, " and "(Phebe Durfee?)." Shearer, who received drafts from family members, may have questioned whether or not this pattern came from her great grandmother, Phebe Durfee Young.


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