Good morning and Happy Friday everyone! I hope your day is going well. We had another 5 inches (12.5cm) of snow yesterday and today it is very windy and cold. We have now had 61 inches (152.5cm) of snow this winter, which is not as bad as some parts of Canada! And there is more snow coming on Sunday. Well, enough of the cold and time for something to make us feel warmer in the cold days of winter, or more specifically, the cold nights of winter.
So, grab a cup of coffee and relax for a few minutes while we look at something from my collections of this and that. Today we look at my small collection of coverlets, like this green and white example that is on my bed in the photo below.
These coverlets are made on a loom from linen, the white color, and wool, the colored part of the coverlet. The linen helps to make them very strong, the wool gives lots of warmth. They were generally not made for everyday use, though they did use them that way too. The green one above was made of one piece and made around 1930. The one below, one of my favorites due to it being blue and white, was made in the early 1900s of two pieces heavily sewn together to make a larger coverlet.
Older looms were narrow, at least ones for home use, so people made 2 pieces and sewed them together carefully to match the patterns. The one below, another green and white sample was made in the 1930s of one piece with tassels on the ends, something a little different on coverlets.
Coverlets were not like blankets, they were made to basically sit on top of the bed, not hang down over the sides like blankets do. However, since my bed is just a twin size, then they do hang over the edges. The next coverlet below is my most colorful one and something very nice to have in the winter, which is generally a less colorful time of year, especially way back when these were made.
This one was also made about 1930. Coverlets were often made as a wedding gift or a special anniversary gift. Because not many people could afford their own looms, often in small towns especially, there would be a loom in the basement of a local church that people could use. Many times the ladies would get together to make a specially designed coverlet for those occasions mentioned above. Sometimes a local community hall would also have a loom for the public to use. The next blue and white coverlet below and the red and white one following, are my two oldest coverlets.
Both are 2 piece coverlets, the blue and white is a heavier one than the red/white coverlet. Both were made in the 1860s and have obviously been used more than the others, but are still in excellent condition. Due to their age I prefer to just display them, not use them. Often they were used for guests that dropped by in the winter, the rest of the time being stored in a blanket/cedar chest. Therefore they did not see much use which is why they can be found in such excellent condition today. Well, I hope you enjoyed looking at my coverlets while enjoying your morning coffee. Thank you for reading, have a happy Friday everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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