Archive for August, 2008

Overshot too
August 17, 2008

designed by Yoji Yamamoto

designed by Yohji Yamamoto


2008 Weave of the week #3: Overshot
August 17, 2008

"Whig Rose"

"Whig Rose"

As I mentioned in writing “First Steps,” I was deeply affected by a photo of a North Carolina weaver who was holding up an overshot coverlet that she had woven. Overshot is one of several types of woven designs that were brought to America by settlers from all over Europe. There are hundreds of overshot designs, with poetic names like “Twenty-Five Snow Balls,” “Lace and Compass,” “Walls of Jericho,” “Lee’s Surrender,” and “Blazing Star.”

“Whig Rose” (shown above) was expertly woven by Rachael H. Emmons in graphic black and white cotton. In “The Shuttle-Craft Book of American Hand-Weaving,” Mary Meigs Atwater describes it as “one of the oldest, best-known, and best-loved of the old patterns.” Weaving overshot takes a great deal of skill, patience, and concentration.

My next post shows a surprising use of overshot patterns.

Update: An overshot coverlet turned up in another unlikely place — the film,  Julie and Julia. You can read my post about it here.

“Woven Splendor …”
August 13, 2008

“Woven Splendor From Timbuktu to Tibet: Exotic Rugs and Textiles from New York Collectors,” and “Allure of the East: Orientalism in New York, 1850-1930,” are companion exhibitions that will be at the New-York Historical Society only until this Sunday, August 17. If you want more information (and have a broadband connection), go to:, or call 212-873-3400.

I haven’t seen the shows yet, but I hope to visit to the New-York Historical Society to see them before they close.