2008 Weave of the week #17: Darling

Darling

Darling

This food-stained child’s bib struck me as a good choice for a Thanksgiving-week weave, because of the way it seems to combine food, family, love, and handweaving into one small piece of cloth.

I bought the bib partly because it is an interesting textile, but it meant more to me that it had been painstakingly made for a cherished child. And the woven word “darling,” with its sweetly old-fashioned sound (the word comes from the Old English “deorling,” which wandered into eighteenth-century dialect as “dearling”), made me think that it was probably made in a different era.

From what I can tell by looking at it, the warp is fine white and light blue cotton and the weft is the same, plus a finely looped cotton supplementary yarn that was used for the pattern and the lettering. The wrong side is the same as the right side, just reversed. I have posted a detail on my Gallery page.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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