During the 18th and 19th centuries, and well into the 20th century, women (and some men) wove all the linens for their households: towels, sheets, blankets, fabric for clothing. They used the wool from the sheep they raised, or cotton when it was available. And they wove their fabrics on basic looms.
The coverlets (spreads) they wove for their beds were among the most innovative of their fabrics. Their patterns are, with some exceptions (Germany, for instance), singularly American. They are complex, interesting and diverse. These coverlets have been collected and even placed into museums.
I have been fascinated with the patterns and have chosen some to update and weave with new fibers in new garments and accessories. You can see my entire collection on the Scarf page.
Here are a few of them: