Frances L. Goodrich’s Brown Book of Weaving Drafts


This book is a collection of traditional eighteenth and nineteenth century weaving drafts, or written sequences of the threading order on the loom used to create specific patterns. They are presented here in their original form as gathered by Miss Goodrich, and illustrated in over 160 color photos. This volume also contains over 200 modern translations of the same drafts for use by today’s weavers.

  • Hardcover
  • 12 in. by 9 in.
  • 192 pages with 169 color and 208 black/white photos

2 in stock


In the late nineteenth century Francis Goodrich was among the first people to promote a revival of weaving as a cottage industry in the North Carolina mountains, founding Allanstand Cottage Industries, later donating its assets to the newly formed Southern Highland Handicraft Guild.

In 1890 Frances L. Goodrich came to the southern mountains in North Carolina from a life of culture, to live and work among people who had little opportunity for education or social enrichment.  Through her work for the Presbyterian Home Mission Board, she grew to love and respect these neighbors who worked so hard and had so little.  She established schools, a small hospital, and the Allanstand Cottage Industries.  As she traveled the mountain roads and trails on horseback, Miss Goodrich collected these precious weaving drafts from the women who wove for Allanstand Cottage Industries.  This volume is the heart of that collection.

About the author: As a native of the Southern Highlands, Barbara Miller has made a conscious effort to preserve and use her weaving heritage for over 40 years.  She is a Life Member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

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