Woven coverlets to be displayed at Hayner

TROY — Covering the Past, an exhibition of woven coverlets, will be on display at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center from July 15 to Aug. 28.

An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, July 15, from 5-6:45 p.m. The Hayner Center is located at 301 W. Main St., Troy. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Covering the Past includes 18th and 19th century woven coverlets owned by local museums and private collectors. Contemporary coverlets designed by local artist, Karen Purke will also be on display. Judy Deeter who is president of The Troy Historical Society, as well as president of the Overfield Tavern Museum is curating this historic exhibit.

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, woven coverlets were used in homes throughout America as the top covering on a bed. They were placed on beds as quilts or comforters would be used today. Coverlet weavers, usually men, made the coverlets on looms with wool or cotton threads. Most coverlets were reversible. Handmade woven coverlets lost popularity in the late 1850s.

Piqua native John Heater will conduct an informative spinning and weaving demonstration during the opening reception. Heater has spent time working and volunteering at Johnston Farm in Piqua. He is also a member of Hawg Creek Spinners and Weavers Guild. The public demonstration will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, July 15.

For more information, visit troyhayner.org or call (937) 339-0457.