After the amateur weaver has become proficient in making rag rugs or portieres it is interesting to try something more elaborate.
The Same Weaver After A Year's Time. During which she had studied out five coverlid designs.
For pattern weaving harness may be increased by the addition of one, two or three heddles. The weaving of coverlids is an intricate process, but it can be successfully mastered by an amateur as is proven by these two photographs of a self-taught weaver in her summer home in New Hampshire.
Eliza Calvert Hall's Coverlid Book shows many lovely designs with their quaint names, "Governor's Garden," "Lee's Surrender," "Bachelor's Fancy," etc. It is interesting to note that when such weaving was in vogue it was taught to the prisoners in the State Prison of Auburn, N. Y., with great success, and many "prison coverlids" are still in use in northern New York. For those who need to start weaving with less strenuous work a small light loom is illustrated, especially recommended by physicians for the use of neurasthenics. It is well adapted for the weaving of "laid-in patterns."
The interest in hand weaving seems steadily on the increase. The desire for its beauty in our homes and the value of it in educational institutions has brought about a decided revival of this most significant craft. It has proven valuable in institutions for the deaf and dumb, and the State Hospitals for the Insane. Very elaborate and beautiful pattern weaving is being done in the Lighthouse, the School for the Blind, in New York City, and at Devereux Mansion, Marblehead, Massachusetts. For those beginning weaving who feel themselves unable to cope with the problems of setting up a loom and putting on the warp, it may be interesting to note that excellent light-weight looms may be bought ready threaded at Devereux Mansion, Marblehead, Massachusetts.
A Light Weight Loom
Recommended by physicians for the use of convalescents. It is especially good for weaving bags, hat-bands, etc.