Have I ever mentioned that I have a private book shopper? I do! It’s my SIL, Missy (Scott’s sister), and she works at Half Price Books.
A year or so ago (may be longer knowing how my memory works), she found this book for me.
I have read most of this book and love the history behind the fabrics.
Well, she has done it, again.
This book is part history lesson on coverlets and the ladies who wove them (Tennessee in the late 1800 for most of them), part pattern book, and part “how-to” book. Altogether, it is a gem for someone who has been wanting to weave overshot. In fact, the way this book explains it is the easiest to understand that I have ever seen. Too bad it is out of print, because it is a treasure!
I pulled it into bed with me last night (it must weigh 10 pounds!) and began reading it. Not only am I studying the pictures and the patterns, but reading about the history of the people behind them. It makes me want to dig into my own genealogy again. Also, it makes me want to get a loom warped up so I can try some of the patterns. I have lots and lots of 10/2 cotton (2-ply not the singles that nearly all of the coverlets in the book has been woven with) and lots of naturally dyed Shetland yarn that would work nicely in samplers.
Oh, Lord! I’d almost give my eye teeth to have more time to weave! And, of course, I would get this urge at the beginning of tax season!