Beginning in the 1930s Ted worked as a textile designer and weave room supervisor for Brook. By the mid 1960s, facing stiff competition from synthetic materials and overseas manufacturers, the company stopped producing fabric and sold or scrapped all of their equipment. In response, Ted designed and wove a series of reproduction overshot coverlets titled the Old Canada Coverlets; bringing to life textiles that once graced the early homes in Eastern Canada. Early settlers brought traditional patterns and weaving talents from Europe. These coverlets bore the names of some of those traditional patterns (Whig Rose, Lover’s Knot, Table and Four Stars). There were also designs named after the areas around Simcoe (Old Windham and Old Norfolk). They were mostly in colours of straw (gold), indigo (navy blue), and sumac (deep red). At one time Upper Canada village purchased the exclusive rights to sell the Whig Rose pattern (top) and they purchased the complete production of this pattern for resale in the village gift shop. -Naomi Yasui


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