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Weave pattern: Lover’s Knot with a Pine Tree Border

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  • The pattern name of this black and white image is Lover’s Knot with a Pine Tree Border. The back of this photograph is marked: “No.18 Lover's Knot, Somerset Co. Pa. Double woven." The source of the name Lover’s Knot is unknown. A double woven textile uses two complete sets of warp and weft that interlace. Double woven cloth requires a loom with multiple shafts and was thus most often made by professional weavers with the appropriate equipment. Frances Goodrich, founder of Allanstand Cottage Industries, collected the photograph. Goodrich's work reviving traditional weaving in the mountains of western North Carolina during the late 1890s and early 1900s led her to collect weaving patterns much in the same way that others of that era were collecting mountain songs. Goodrich kept extensive records of the weave patterns and variations that she came across in her travels. Her research may have provided background for or influenced what was woven and sold through her Allanstand Cottage Industries.