Weaving Pattern:
Double Bow Knot with Table

Double Bow Knot with Table weaving pattern
Double Bow Knot with Table weaving example

The pattern name of this nineteenth century coverlet is Double Bow Knot with Table. The Double Bow Knot pattern derives its name from the half bows that join in the middle forming a square-shaped knot. Bow knot patterns can be created in a multitude of sizes. A Table is a large square or rectangle motif in a pattern. Other common names for this pattern include Hickory Leaf, Muscadine Hulls, and Double Muscadine Hulls. Coverlet pattern names were never standardized thus a variation in pattern name is quite common from state to state and region to region.Family lore identifies the maker of this coverlet as a member of the Abraham Wiggins family that lived in the far western counties of North Carolina in the 1800s. The warp is a single-ply cotton in natural white. The pattern weft is indigo dyed single-ply wool that appears to be hand dyed due to color variations in the individual wool strands. The coverlet is made of two panels that are unmatched at the center seam. A coverlet was taken apart to wash or mend and often sewn back together in a different way to help distribute wear. Several treadling errors are noted in the Table motif in the third block from one end and in one of the "Double Bow Knot" rows. A dark blue binding from a commercial source was added at a much later date perhaps to stabilize the edges.

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