Mary Meigs Atwater Shuttle-Craft Bulletins

Mary Meigs Atwater Shuttle-Craft Bulletins

For decades, beginning in 1924, Mary Atwater wrote regular Shuttle-Craft Bulletins and sent them to weavers all around the United States. For the great majority of these weavers, the Bulletins were the way they learned to weave and the way they developed their abilities. Each Bulletin contains weaving instructions, patterns, and Mary's advice on many topics related to weaving.

This collection of the Shuttle-Craft Bulletins is useful because:

  • There is an index to the weaving subjects taught within the Bulletins (click on "Index" below).
  • Within each year tab below, there are individual PDFs of the Bulletins from that year.
  • Also within each year tab, there are articles about the individual Bulletins that help the modern-day reader understand how to apply the Bulletin's information to today's weaving.

A
Advertise for selling hand-woven items   Nov 1928
Advertising and sells   Nov 1925
Afghan weaving   Nov 1936
Alphabets   Oct 1925, Jul 1932
B
Baby blankets   Mar 1925, May 1949
Backstrap weaving   Jul 1941
Bags   Nov 1926, Feb 1927, Jun 1928;Dec 1928, Apr 1935;Sep 1935, Sep 1938, May 1939, Oct 1942, Mar 1944
Bag from the Phillipines   Jul 1925, Sep 1936, Jun 1947
Blankets, lightweight   May 1931, Feb 1936, Oct 1939, Nov 1942
Baby blankets   Nov 1940
Belt weaving   Jul 1935, Apr 1938
Borders   Jun 1933
Borders and corners   Jul 1933
Braids and braiding   Mar 1934
Bronson weave   Apr 1925, May 1928, Feb 1932;Apr 1932, Mar 1933, Jul 1947
Business of weaving   Apr 1933
C
Canadian braid   Feb 1944
"Camp" weaving   Jul 1929
Card weaving   Apr 1938
Christmas weaving ideas   Oct 1928, Oct 1929, Oct 1930, Oct 1931, Oct 1932, Oct 1933, Oct 1934, Oct 1943;Nov 1943, Oct 1944, Oct 1945, Oct 1947
Christmas weaving patterns   Oct 1927
Christmas weaving patterns with metallic   Oct 1946, Oct 1948, Oct 1949
Clothing   Aug 1927, Mar 1929, Aug 1939
Clothing, coat fabric   Jun 1926
Clothing, dress fabric   Mar 1931
Clothing, lightweight wool fabric   Oct 1930
Clothing, sweater, jacket   Jan 1926
Color and weave   Feb 1946
Color and weave in twill   Feb 1947
Color suggestions   Mar 1928;Nov 1928
Colors with MMA options   Jul 1928
Consignment sells   Nov 1924
Convert draft from double weaver to SandW   Apr 1927
Corduroy   Mar 1930
Coverlet weaving   Jan 1928, Jan 1929, Feb 1930, Jan 1931, Jan 1932, Jan 1933, Jan 1934, Jan 1935, Jan 1936, Jan 1938, Jan 1940, Jan 1941, Jan 1942, Jan 1944, Jan 1945, Jan 1946
Coverlets, overshot and tufted   Jan 1947, Jan 1948
Coverlets from Pennsylvania Museum   Jan 1927
Coverlet in pine bloom   Feb 1927
Crackle, 3 block twill   Jun 1931
Crackle, 4 block twill   June 1931
Crackle, broken twill   Jun 1931
Crackle, design from John Landes   Jan 1931
Crackle, the garden wall   Jun 1930
Crackle, large pattern   Aug 1930
Crackle, modernistic   Dec 1931
Crackle, pine tree   Nov 1931
Crackle, small pattern   Aug 1930
Crackle, twill order   Apr 1931
Crackle, mats   Mar 1949
Crackle weave   Nov 1928, Jun 1930;Oct 1930, Nov 1931, May 1933, Aug 1936, Jul 1938, Aug 1941, Apr 1947, Feb 1949
Crib coverlet   Jul 1928
Curtains, sheer and mesh   Mar 1937, Apr 1943, May 1944
D
Damask   Apr 1948
Damask pickup   Nov 1948
Design   Aug 1946, Sep 1947
Design with pattern   Nov 1947
Damask with texture   Mar 1948
Double weave   Feb 1937
Double weave, double width   Dec 1924, Jan 1949
Double weave, pillow top as a tube   Sep 1927
Double weave, Finnish   Jan 1934
Double weave, quilted   May 1941
Doup leno   Apr 1936, Feb 1941
Dornik twill   Apr 1941
Drafting profile   Dec 1943
Drafting from a museum piece   Aug 1932
Drafting from an African weaving   Feb 1934
Drafting from a Mexican weaving   May 1934
Draperies and curtains   Apr 1926, Feb 1929;Aug 1929, Apr 1931, May 1932, Mar 1933, Jul 1934, May 1940;June 1940, Apr 1942, Jul 1944
Draperies and curtains with inlay   May 1946, Apr 1947
Dress fabrics   Apr 1937
Dress fabrics, cotton   Apr 1944
Dyes   Jan 1925, Mar 1935, Mar 1943
E
Equipment   Sep 1924, Dec 1933, Dec 1941
Expanding weaving awareness   Sep 1926
F
Fabric   Feb 1938, Jul 1939
Fabric for coats   Aug 1927, Sep 1933
Fabric for dresses   Aug 1925, Feb 1933, Feb 1935, May 1936
Fabric, lightweight   Jun 1938
Fabric required for articles   Sep 1925
Finger weaving   Aug 1938
Finger weaving Spanish Lace   Mar 1940, Mar 1944
Finnweave   Oct 1938, May 1939
Fringes   Aug 1926, Jan 1929, Jul 1937, May 1945
G
Gauze weaves from Peru   Ddec 1935
Goose-eye variations for bedspread   Jan 1928
Guatemala weaving   May 1942;Jun 1942, Jul 1945
H
Handbags   Jul 1931;Dec 1931
Health benefits of weaving   May 1925
Household weaving   Dec 1925
I
Inlay   Dec 1940
Index   Dec 1942
Inkle weaving   Dec 1937
Introduction to Bulletin   Sep 1934
Italian weave   Oct 1926
Household weave, warp face   Mar 1927
J
K
Knots for tie-ups   Aug 1930
Kroksbrod   Nov 1930, Nov 1937
L
Lace weaver for blankets and shawls   May 1927
Lace weaves   Feb 1932;June 1932
Leno   Oct 1937, Oct 1938
Leno, 2 and 3 thread   Jun 1948
Linen weaves   Feb 1926;May 1926
Linen weaving   Dec 1930, Mar 1932;Apr 1932, Apr 1934, Jun 1935, Apr 1936, May 1938, Aug 1944, Apr 1946
Linen weaves, Russian   Oct 19406
Long eyes heddle   Apr 1946
Loom setup   Dec 1932
Loom and adjusting sett   Dec 1934, Dec 1939
M
M's and O's   Jan 1925
Maori twined weaving   Jun 1941, Nov 1945
Modern art applied to weaving   Jull 1929
Member ideas   Dec 1931
Metallic wefts   Sep 1948
N
Navajo belt   Oct 1939
Navajo rugs   Sep 1937
Necktie instructions   Jun 1927
Nylon and new yarn   Jul 1946
O
Overshot: An old coverlet pattern   Jan 1931
Overshot: Chariot wheel   Mar 1927
Overshot: Chariot wheels and brickwork   Jul 1928
Overshot: Double bow knot   Jun 1927
Overshot: Double chariot wheels   Nov 1927
Overshot: Double orange peel   Jan 1931
Overshot: Drifting shadows   Jul 1929
Overshot: Indian war   Jan 1939
Overshot: Last word, variation Atwater #108   Feb 1931
Overshot: Little star   Jan 1931
Overshot: Jitterbug   Sep 1941
Overshot: Mary Simmons   Sep 1927
Overshot: Minitaure patterns   Aug 1937
Overshot: Modernistic pattern   Spr 1928
Overshot: Pattern from 1820   Nov 1924
Overshot: Pattern from spec book   Sep 1931
Overshot: Rose diamond   Mar 1928
Overshot: Unusual rose patterns   May 1929
Overshot: Wheel patterns   Dec 1927
Overshot: Wheel of fortune   Jul 1927
Overshot: Whig rose   Jul 1927
Overshot: Young ladies delight   Aug 1928
P
Pattern development from Speck book   Sep 1931
Patterns for towels   Dec 1928
Patterns: 8 shaft linen patterns   Jan 1931
Patterns: Bird's eye twill   May 1931
Patterns: Bronson for blankets   May 1931
Patterns: Bronson weave dots   Mar 1931
Patterns: Corkscrew twill   Mar 1931
Patterns: Dornik twill   Mar 1931
Patterns: Double faced twill   Mar 1931
Patterns: Ms and Os   Apr 1931
Patterns: Monks belt   Sep 1929, Sep 1930
Patterns: Openwork   Mar 1931
Patterns: Openwork in squares   Mar 1931
Patterns: Simple texture pattern   Apr 1931
Patterns: Sugar loaf   Sep 1930
Peru weaving   Aug 1935, Aug 1943;Sep 1943
Peru weaving: Tapestry   Sep 1941
Philadelphia sesqui-centennial   Nov 1926
Pick-up   Sep 1930, Nov 1938, Mar 1942
Pick-up: Mexican   Sep 1942, Sep 1949
Pick-up: Peruvian   Apr 1949
Pile weaving   Mar 1930, Nov 1934, Jun 1945
Pillows   Sep 1932
Pin cushions   Oct 1925
Placemats   Sep 1946
Plaiting   Aug 1938;Dec 1938, Jul 1939;Sep 1939, Feb 1943
Plans for long warps   Oct 1931
Portable weaving   Jun 1936
Profile drafts: Coverlets   Apr 1927
Profile drafts: Lisbon Star   Feb 1928
Proportion in bags and towels   Nov 1929
Q
R
Rag weaving   Jul 1942
Rep weaving   Aug 1942, Mar 1947
Review of article in Ladies Home Journal   Jul 1927
Ribbons and braid   Aug 1926
Rug weaving   Dec 1929, Jan 1930, Aug 1934, May 1935
Rug designs   Oct 1928
Rug woven with wool chenille   Dec 1927
Rugs, weft-faced and warp-faced   Mar 1926, Aug 1931, Nov 1932, Nov 1939
S
Samples   May 1926
Scarf from V and A Museum   Nov 1927
Scandinavian weaving   Sep 1929
Scarves   Sep 1926, Nov 1941
Sells; Number 1   May 1929
Setts for common yarns   Dec 1932
Shadow weave   Feb 1942, May 1943;Jun 1943
Shawl, Mexican   Nov 1946
Small patterns   Dec 1925, Nov 1933
Smoke wreath pattern   Oct 1928
South American and Spanish weaving   Aug 1933, Mar 1945
Speck design   Jan 1933
Stuffer warp rugs   Mar 1941
Stuffer warp rugs and double beams   Jun 1946
Summer and Winter, 3 block pattern from Speck book   Sep 1931
Summer and Winter, 6 block pattern from Speck book   Sep 1931
Summer and Winter, 6 shaft from John Landes Coverlet pattern   Jan 1934
Summer and Winter, Drifting shadows   Jul 1929
Summer and Winter, Modernistic pattern   Apr 1928
Summer and Winter, Pine tree in 6 blocks   Apr 1931
Summer and Winter, Simple block   May 1931
Summer and Winter, Shuttlecock   May 1928
Summer and Winter, Palm   Sep 1928
Summer and Winter, Polychrome   Sep 1945
Summer and Winter, Unusual rose patetrns   May 1929
Summer and Winter, profile drafts   Jul 1937
Summer and Winter, On opposites   Mar 1926
Summer and Winter weave   Feb 1928, Oct 1936
Summer and Winter, Pick-up   Dec 1947, Oct 1949
T
Table linens   Sep 1927, Apr 1945
Tartan setts   Oct 1924, Mar 1946
Tartan weaving   Oct 1935, Oct 1940, Feb 1948
Towels in linen   Dec 1930
Towel borders   Mar 1932
Towels in overshot   Feb 1940
Tufted rugs   May 1928, Apr 1930
Twice-woven rugs   Mar 1938
Twill   Jun 1925, Apr 1929, Oct 1936, Feb 1938, Nov 1944, Feb 1945, Aug 1945
Two shaft weaves   Aug 1947
Two shaft weaves, openwork   May 1948
U
Upholstery material   Sep 1927
Upholstery material, Westway weave   Apr 1944
Upholstery weaving   Mar 1928, Sep 1934, May 1937, Mar 1939, Apr 1939, Jul 1940, Mar 1947
V
Velvet   Mar 1930, Apr 1930
W
Warp setts   Dec 1948
Warp-face weaving   Oct 1937, Oct 1941
Warp faced weaving, Pick-up   Apr 1940
Warping   Sep 1925, Dec 1936, Dec 1944
Weave a coverlet   Sep 1927
Weaving for Christmas   Oct 1928, Oct 1930
Weaving for pleasure   Nov 1929
Weaving hints   Sep 1944, Aug 1948
Weaving ideas   Oct 1925, Nov 1925
Weaving in Canada   Dec 1946
Weaving for profit   Jan 1930
Weaving with military surplus   May 1947
X
Y
Yardage requirements   Dec 1945