LAPORTE | The summer display at the LaPorte County Historical Society Museum is entitled “Grandma’s Coverlets: Weaving Memories." There was a time when itinerant weavers stayed with families while using the family loom or bringing their own and weaving a coverlet to be enjoyed for many generations. The Historical Society’s collection of such textile art will be on display for the entire summer of 2014.
The shuttle flew as the weaver wove such intricate designs into the work; Birds of Paradise, the skyline of Boston, a variety of trees and plant life, all combine to make much more than just an item to keep us warm. Most coverlets use both cotton and wool - the wool for warmth and the cotton for strength. Many are called “Summer and Winter” as their designs are in reverse on the back. Many of the weavers left their names as well as the date permanently within the work and so have left us with their legacy.
All of the coverlets in the Historical Society’s collection are from the 19th century. Unlike quilts, coverlets have not enjoyed the resurgence of popularity, and are not as easy to reproduce- so there is what there is. Some look as if they were made yesterday with no wear at all and some have been well-loved.
The LaPorte County Historical Society Museum is located at 2405 Indiana Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call ahead for admission prices at (219) 324-6767, or visit our website at www.laportecountyhistory.org. Children under 12 enter free. The facility is accessible to those with disabilities.