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This piece of a mid- to late-1800s handwoven jacquard overshot coverlet has a lovely color combination of deep blue, russet red, forest green, and ecru in an intricate geometric design. The third and fourth photos show both sides of the entire piece, which measures 22 inches by 20 inches, with a diagonal cut across one corner. The first two photos are closeups of the two different sides. The ecru threads are linen, and the blue, rust and green are wool--thus the name "linsey woolsey" that these coverlets have acquired over time. The textile is reversible, with different effects on each side. One side shows more linen, and the other more wool. There is russet block with some wear, located about 4 inches from one edge. On the linen side (see second photo), there are several dark age spots that do not show through to the other side. When I acquired this coverlet, it had substantial amounts of imbedded soil and was quite a bit darker in color. I gently hand-washed and soaked it in special soap and line dried it. I took great care so the fibers would not shrink or pull together, as can happen if a coverlet like this is washed. The result is a fresh, beautiful, piece of fabric that can be used for so many different special projects.
- Listed on Sep 30, 2012
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