I'm slowly working on gathering information for this coverlet. I've been super busy at work this past week with the holidays coming up and trying to cram stuff in, so I haven't touched it much. I did however go to an antiques show this past weekend and got to see several examples of beautiful coverlets of the same period. Most of the super nice ones were way out of my price range, but I did find a couple that were quite affordable and picked up and added them to my collection (as a side note, I also picked up a late 19th century spinning wheel, which I plan to only use for decorative purposes, but am still really excited about).
Anyway, I made a list of things that I need to know in order to reproduce this coverlet as accurately as possible.
1. How was it dyed?
Depending on the date the coverlet was produced, there is a chance that it could be dyed using commercial dyes.
2. What types of yarn available are similar to those that were used to weave the blanket?
Again, depending on the age of the blanket, the yarns could have been either homespun or commercial produced. I have no idea how to spin yarn, so more than likely I will have to use commercially produced yarn, but it still needs to be similar in weight and appearance. I hypothesize that I
3. What is the weave structure?
I know that it is a four harness overshot and that, based on looking at other overshot weaving drafts of the time period, it probably has a 2/2 twill and plain weave tie up. I am also hypothesizing that the threading and treadling will look similar to a point twill.
4. Can I find out more about when and where it was made and by whom?
Knowing more specifics will help me answer a couple of the above questions and make my reproduction more period correct. Plus, having a more specific provenance will make intrinsically valuable.
5. What can photographs reveal?
Good photos are the key to documenting this process.