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Round Robin Southern Handwoven Counterpanes
Pat Donald

Southern Handwoven Counterpanes are uniquely American; made of cotton; made in America. These counterpanes have one to multiple weave structures present in each white-on-white bed cover. Most of these counterpanes were woven on 4 shaft looms based on historical knowledge and counterpane drafts of that time. The most common weave combination is dimity and honeycomb. M’s & O’s, huck and spot Bronson appear alone or in combinations.


Other weaves such as twill and satin are usually found with other weave structures and not by themselves. The weaves will be discussed, and samples will be available. Participants will weave samples of representative documented counterpane drafts in a round robin fashion, moving from loom to loom.


At the end of the workshop participants will have a notebook of samples with drafts reflecting different weaves and treadlings found in counterpanes from the 1800s including a bibliography of these counterpanes. 


Participants will bring a warped loom with a provided draft and thread description to the workshop along with tools needed for weaving round robin (shuttles, bobbins, bobbin winder, tags, pencil, pen, pins, extra thread, darning needle if doing hemstitching, scissors, supplies for fixing broken threads). Participants will need a two to three-inch three ring notebook with sheet protectors for notebook material, drafts, and samples

Tuition for members:   $ 210.00                                  

For Non-Members:  $ 255.00

Handout Fee:  $ 15.00 per student to be collected by presenter

Pat Donald has been interested in counterpane drafts since 2006 and saw her first counterpane from the late 1800s in 2008. Pat belongs to the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild, Prince George Fiber Arts Guild and the Seattle Weavers Guild. She is a member of the Association of Northwest Weavers Guild historical weaving study group as well as the following Complex Weaver’s study groups: Early American Coverlets and Counterpanes, Early Weaving Books and Manuscripts and the Old Fashioned Way.


She has taught weaving workshops and given lectures on historic weaving drafts in seven states. Spring 2022 her article on Southern Counterpanes was published in Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot. Pat’s table runner is in Complex Weaver’s 40th Anniversary Book: Eight Shafts: Beyond the Beginning: Personal Approaches to Design. She enjoys researching counterpanes in museums and historical society archives.

March 14 - 16, 2024

9:30 AM - 5 PM daily

Venue Change:

A Place to Weave, 170 Arlington Street, Leominster, MA

Attendee Limit: 10  


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