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Ten interesting Appalachian coverlets described by Student Curator Brittney Westbrook in 2006.
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Lover's Knot 1987.2.1

This example of the Lover's Knot patter also contains the "Table" pattern.

This coverlet is an overshot. It was made using an overshot weave in two panels. The warp is a one-ply, tight twist, linen that is off-white in color (due to age). The weft is a one-ply, loose twist, wool that is red and blue in color. For the border, the pattern is continued. One side is edged with the "Table" pattern and the other side ends with the "Lover's Knot." The edge is self-edging (Selvedges). The seam is off center and very visible. The coverlet is intact and has been well used, displaying some frayed areas.

Dimensions: 48 x 31 in.

Mountain Cucumber 1989.2.1

Tihs coverlet displays the Mountain Cucumber, which is also called the Governor's Garden. The coverlet consists of besic shapes that form the patterns of the "table" and "wheel."

This is an overshot coverlet. It is made using an overshot weave in a single panel. The warp is one-ply, tight twist, cotton that is off-white in color. The weft is one-ply, loose twist, wool that is navy blue. For the border the pattern is continued. The edge is self-edging (Selvedges). There is no seam. The coverlet has been well used and worn. Parts of the coverlet are torn and tattered.

Detailed Record of Item in Berea Digital Database

Sunrise with Window Sash, Table, and Tennessee Trouble 1997.31.1

This is an overshot coverlet. It is made with an overshot weave in two panels. The warp is one-ply, tight twist, linen that is cream in color (due to age). The weft is one-ply, loose twist, wool that is blue and pink in color. The "Tennessee Trouble" and " Table" patterns make up the coverlet's edges. The other patterns are found in the body of the coverlet. The edges are self-edging (Selvedges). The seam is well matched but is visible on the both sides of the coverlet. The coverlet is in good condition and is intact. It has some wear, holes, and stains. A large hole is found on one end of the coverlet.

Dimensions: 86 x 76 1/3 in.

Double Bowknot 2003.19.2

This is an example of the Double Bowknot pattern.

This is an overshot coverlet. It is made using an overshot weave in a single pattern. The warp is one-ply, tight twist, linen that is white in color. The weft is one-ply, loose twist, wool that is dark navy blue in color. For the border the pattern is continued to the edges. The edges are self-edging (Selvedges). The side edges are hemmed to the reverse side of coverlet. There is no seam. The coverlet is in good condition. There are no major stains. Parts of the coverlet are faded. There have been no repairs.

Dimensions: 66 x 27 in.

Unnamed Geometric Pattern 1970.8.12

This is an unnamed geometric pattern.

This is a single cloth coverlet. It is made using a reverse double-weave in two panels. The warp is one-ply, tight twist, cotton that is white in color. The weft is one-ply, tight twist, wool that is dark navy blue in color. For the border, the pattern is continued to the edges. The edge is self-edging (Selvedges). The seam is matched well, though still visible. The coverlet is in poor condition. Parts of the coverlet are faded and torn. The coverlet is missing large sections of wool.

Dimensions: 77 x 69 in.

Cat Tracks & Snail's Trail 1988.1.1

This coverlet displays the Snail's Trail and Cat Tracks pattern.

This is an overshot coverlet. It is made using an overshot weave in one panel. The warp is one-ply, tight twist, linen that is off white in color, due to age. The weft is one-ply, loose twist, wool that is blue in color. For the border, the pattern continues to the edge. For the edging, the coverlet has been turned to its reverse side and has been stitched closed. There is no seam. The coverlet is in good condition. The coverlet has faded in a few areas and has been torn along one side. In some areas the wool has detached itself due to use.

Dimensions: 60 x 80 in.

Divided Table 1994.5.1

This coverlet is an example of the Divided Table pattern.

This is an overshot coverlet. It is made using an overshot weave in two panels. The warp is one-ply, tight twist, linen that is off-white in color due to age. The weft is one-ply, loose twist, wool that is navy blue in color. For the border, the pattern is continued. The edge is self-edging (Selvedges). The seam is very visible. The coverlet has been well used and worn. Parts of the coverlet are torn and tattered.

Dimensions: 66 in.

Table and Blocks 2001.10.1

This coverlet displays the "Table" pattern as well as other square and rectangular shapes.

This is an overshot coverlet. It is made with an overshot weave in two panels. The warp is one-ply, tight twist, linen that is off-white in color, due to age. The weft is one-ply, loose twist, wool that was once pink but has faded to a light lavender in color. The coverlet also displays blue tones. For the border, the pattern is continued. The edge is self-edging (Selvedges). The seam is visible, but well matched. The coverlet is intact and is well used.

Dimensions: 83 x 75 in.

Jacquard 1997.27.6

This coverlet displays a floral pattern.

This is a single cloth coverlet. It is made using a jacquard single weave in one panel. The warp is one-ply, tight twist, wool that is dark navy blue in color. The weft is one-ply, tight twist, cotton that is light tan in color. The floral pattern is continued to the edges. The edge is unseen due to an attached off white cloth. There is no seam. The coverlet is in good condition. The coverlet has frayed around the edges. Some areas have holes, due to use.

Dimensions: 74 1/4 x 65 in.

Wheel of Fortune 1993.2.1

This pattern is also known as the "Cup and Saucer"

This is an overshot weave coverlet. It is made with an overshot weave in two panels. The warp is one-ply, tight twist, linen that is white in color. The weft is one-ply, loose twist, wool that is green and pink in color. The pattern is continued to the edges. The edge is self-edging (Selvedges). The seam is well matched, and can be seen on both sides of the coverlet. The coverlet is in very good condition.

Dimensions: 104 x 64 in.

About This Guide

This guide is based on the Digital Library of Appalachia coverlet project of 2006. Student Curatorial Associate Brittney Westbrook selected the coverlets, compiled the information, and photographed the coverlets. Student Curatorial Associate Travis Rigg edited and produced this guide in 2013. These coverlets also have full catalogue records in Berea Digital and the Digital Library of Appalachia.  

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The Appalachian Studies Artifacts Teaching Collection is under the care of the curator in the Appalachian Center.  For additional infomation, or to access the collection, contact the curator.  

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