Weaving Drafts:

Rattlesnake Drawdown

This watercolor drawdown and two drafts illustrate a weave pattern known as Rattlesnake. 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. A popular weave pattern, Rattlesnake is sometimes called Cat Track & Snail Trail. There are no notes indicating who presented Goodrich with the original draft pattern, which she pasted into a notebook of drafts. At the bottom of her own copy, written in a second notebook, Goodrich noted the colors "Brown/ Green/ Red" at the bottom of the page.

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