"We Have You Covered"
Address: 143 Ontario St.
City: Lockport, NY 14094 USA
Category: Art, Family
Brief-description: Exhibit of handmade 19th-century bed coverlets made by Niagara County women. Through Oct. 30.
Event url: www.niagarahistory.org.
About: Coverlets were especially popular before the Civil War. The coverlet exhibit is shown throughout the house. The exhibit offers details on each coverlet, including the traditional symbolism expressed in the handiwork. Techniques and patterns used can “speak” to us from the past, and give us clues to the maker and recipient of the work. Bed coverlets were a staple of everyday use in most homes from the colonial era until the late 1800s and generally homemade on a loom. They were made of dyed wool, most often a dark indigo blue, and woven on a linen or cotton cord. Most homemakers wove their own, sometimes borrowing a loom if they didn’t have one. Many contain an inscription woven directly into the coverlet design, usually in a corner block. Inscriptions carried the weaver’s name, location of the loom, and year of weaving. Coverlet designs ranged from simple geometric patterns to more elaborate motifs of shells, flowers, eagles and other images. All coverlets had a pattern and some were enhanced with decorative fringe. Donations are accepted for admission. Please call 716-434-7433 for details and to confirm weekly hours.