Designed and woven by Malynda Allen
Using the Schacht Standard Floor Loom
This queen-size coverlet boasts a popular pattern from 1770s to 1860s Colonial America sometimes called “Monmouth.” I have woven this one from 100% cotton so that is easier to wash and care for. Two colors give the pattern depth, and I have adjusted the treadling to keep the pattern balanced and in pleasing proportions for the yarns I chose. My coverlet also features a handwoven fringed tape trim, reminiscent of the fringe on traditional coverlets. The tape trim was woven separately on the same loom as the coverlet. A heavy floating selvedge spaced away from the main threads creates a looped fringe that will not unravel.
- Warp: Georgia Yarn Company 8/2 cotton (3360 yds./lb.), 7,000 yds in Natural.
- Tabby weft: Georgia Yarn Company 8/2 cotton, 5,000 yds in Natural.
- Pattern weft: Valley Cotton 3/2 perle cotton (1260 yds./lb), 3500 yds in Sapphire Blue and 1100 yds in Celestial Blue.
- Warp: Georgia Yarn Company 8/2 cotton, 350 yds in Natural; 8/4 cotton carpet warp or other thick, strong, smooth yarn, 12 yds in any color.
- Weft: Georgia Yarn Company 8/2 cotton, 800 yds in Natural; Valley Cotton 3/2 perle cotton, 800 yds in Sapphire Blue.
- 4-shaft loom with at least 36″ weaving width
- 8-dent reed
- sectional beam (recommended)
- 3 shuttles and 3 bobbins
- tapestry needle
- heavy, smooth yarn or fishing line for additional floating selvedges
- heavy weights
- sewing machine (optional)
- sizing solution for the fringe tape warp. I used flax seed and water