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Baby Blanket

Type: For the Bed
Object Name: Baby Blanket
Local Name: couvre boutonné
Maker: Canadian Handicrafts Guild
Place Made: North America: Canada, Central Canada, Quebec, Montreal
Period: Mid 20th century
Date: 1946 - 1965
Dimensions: L 126 cm x W 102 cm
Materials: Cotton; wool
Techniques: Mercerized; hand woven; plain woven; boutonné
ID Number: T01.31.1
Credit: Gift of Margaret Heilig

Coverlets such as this were made using weft-loop weaving, or boutonné, a patterning technique commonly used in Quebec to add colourful designs to decorate plain tabby weaving. The coverlets were inspired by 19th century all-white tufted cotton counterpanes imported from Britain, but the French-Canadian versions became beautiful distinctive textiles. To create the pattern, an extra weft of colourful wool yarn was pulled by hand to form loops on the face of the weave.