Tag Archives: historic textiles

Women in Coverlet Weaving: Sarah LaTourette

Throughout history, men were predominantly coverlet weavers and women were the consumers. But in rare cases, women professionally wove coverlets. One of these unique women was Sarah LaTourette from Indiana. To date, LaTourette is the only woman documented to have woven coverlets on a loom with Jacquard machinery. Since weaving was a family tradition, LaTourette […]

Woven Into History: An Interactive Education Program

We are proud to announce the kick-off of a new education program held here at McCarl Coverlet Gallery this summer. The program, cleverly titled Woven into History, presents a history-based program for visiting classes of school children in grades 1-6 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The program fits seamlessly into our mission statement which seeks to, […]

Art in Bloom – Flower Designs in Coverlets

Most American coverlets from the Nineteenth Century feature realistic imagery. The popularity of these images reveals their importance to both individual customers and American culture as a whole. For example, buildings from the humble farmhouse to United States Capitol found themselves woven into coverlets, because America was creatively striving to definite itself as architecturally important […]

Harry Tyler

One of the most prolific and innovative weavers of the 19th century was a New York resident named Harry Tyler. Tyler wove over 300 coverlets in 26 years, several of which are housed in the McCarl Gallery. Much of Tyler’s early history is unknown, the only tangible pieces of information that he was born in […]

African American Weaving and Quilts: A Tradition of color Hidden but Not Forgotten

There is hardly any record on African American weavers as weaving was most common among white men. African American quilting traditions were very common around the time of the four civilizations of Central and West Africa. These were: the Mande-speaking peoples; the Yoruba and Fon peoples; the Ejagham peoples; and the Kongo peoples. Textiles were […]

Punch Cards: 19th Century Coverlet Technology

Many visitors to our Gallery take the time to view every coverlet on display, and maybe those in our storage facilities, but very few tend to notice the small table in the corner. From afar, this table holds what appears to be a pile of cardboard, but this “pile of cardboard” is the very reason […]

Weaver Spotlight: David D. Haring

When visitors stop by the McCarl Coverlet Gallery for the American Architecture in Coverlet Design Exhibit, a beautiful navy and natural coverlet is on display in the entrance. This double weave, seamless bed covering is just one example of the beautiful patterns coverlet weavers incorporated into their products. The coverlet has a grapevine border with […]