Patchwork cot coverlet

England, United Kingdom

Date: c.1870-1900

Origin: England, United Kingdom

Dimensions: H 89 x W 60cm

Venue: Gawthorpe Textiles Collection

This small patchwork coverlet is probably a cot cover and has been made by piecing without paper templates. The design has a frame layout, where concentric borders frame a central panel. Squares, strips and triangles have been used to create several different borders including examples of the patterns ‘tree everlasting’ or ‘flying geese’ and saw tooth. These surround a central block featuring an eight pointed star. The solid red and paisley fabrics are probably dyed using ‘Turkey Red’; a complex dyeing process that used madder to create a vibrant and colour fast shade of red that was incredibly popular. The coverlet is lined with a fine, white cotton calico.

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