This cross bar or window pane check design is inspired by a 1760s print by Robert Sayer, The Methodist Taylor caught in Adultery. On the deshevled bed Sayer engraved a checked blanket of this type, mostly white with thin stripes in the warp and weft. The specific pattern repeat comes from a blanket woven in New England sometime between 1750–1850. Sheep's white and naturally dyed indigo blue singles wool yarn makes up 100% of this mid-weight blanket. Here on the Burroughs farm we toss one of these blankets on the beds in the cool spring and fall. During the long Vermont winter it's joined by one or two more blankets that keep the cold at bay through snowy nights.
Blanket—The Methodist Taylor
- 90" x 108", will fit up to a queen sized bed
- Singles wool warp, singles wool weft
- Naturally dyed with indigo
- Twill weave
- Constructed of two panels joined at the center and hemmed, all sewing by hand
- Hand or gentle wash cold, flat or line dry