Snowball and Tree Twill Weave Coverlet

This hand-woven, overshot, turned twill coverlet was made in the first half of the 19th century by an unknown weaver. It features a “Snowfall” pattern, with a “Pine Tree” or “Snowball Tree” border. The coverlet was woven in two sections that were later sewn together. It is made of cotton and wool yarns, and has a self fringe on three sides. Turned twill coverlets have the twill weave as their basic construction rather than the plain weave. Each weaver had his own collection of patterns for coverlets and other household textiles. Some weavers published “drafts” of their patterns and sold them to their fellow weavers.
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet, geometric, overshot
coverlet, turned twill
date made
Physical Description
twill (overall production method/technique)
cotton (overall material)
wool (overall material)
overall: 85 in x 76 in; 215.9 cm x 193.04 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bequest of Miss Rebecca E. Everly

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