The coverlet is woven with three different yarns: undyed cotton, wool dyed with madder, and wool dyed with indigo. It is a double-weave pattern reminiscent of the overshot coverlets of that period. The coverlet was woven as two separate panels which were then stitched together, a common practice because most looms were not wide enough to weave a full-width coverlet in one piece. Here's a close-up:
There are a couple of weaver's bloopers in there - which makes it all the more charming!
Elizabeth and Martin Kapp had seven children, among them two daughters, Harriet and Clara. When it came time for
Clara Kapp married Quintin Roberts in 1885. Part of her trouseau consisted of a patchwork quilt made by Clara. The center white medallion has the date May 20, 1881, stitched into it. You'll probably have to click the image and display a larger version to be able to read the text...
In addition, I have Clara’s wedding nightgown, made of cotton sheeting, with cutwork embroidery on the front and back yoke.
I think the embroidery was done by hand, judging by the floats and knots of embroidery thread on the inside.
Clara was my mother's great aunt. Which is all just a very long-winded way of saying that I have a good excuse for my passion for textiles and handwork - it's in my genes!