Basin, Montana: Mary M. Atwater, [1932-1936]. Series of printed correspondence lectures profusely illustrated throughout with dozens of pattern designs and diagrams. Contemporary pencil ownership signature of Marilyn Beach (b. 1922) to front pastedown. Very clean throughout aside from toning to first and last leaves. Very good condition. Black pebbled cloth two-ring binder with paper label. Label chipped. Quarto.  pp. Item #17191
Mary Meigs Atwater (1878 – 1956) was an important Montana textile artist who revived the craft of handweaving in the United States. She studied painting in Paris and drawing at the Chicago Art Institute School of Design. After experimenting with weaving and purchasing looms for her home workshop in Basin, Montana, Atwater traveled to museums in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia to seek out the designs that she would later revive. Atwater formed the Shuttle-Craft Guild in Basin, Montana prior to World War I, through which she taught weaving classes to local women and developed correspondence courses. The present work includes her designs for the double weave and the Bronson weave, which were both revived by Atwater’s work.
Marilyn Beach Bishop was a weaving and culinary enthusiast whose own textile designs were very inspired by Atwater’s work. In 1956, she married William Bishop (b. 1922), whose family owned and operated Pendleton Woolen Mills. She lived in Portland, Oregon. See Biehl, Betty Atwater. Tribute to Mary M. Atwater (1973); Reiter, Mary Jo. Weaving a Life: The Story of Mary Meigs Atwater (1992) Also see the Mary Meigs Atwater Weaving Guild’s biography of Atwater (website).