Coverlets, Cultural Objects
Sunflower Coverlet (navy, cream)
PeopleAssociated Person: Virgil Trail
Associated Person: Elois Shelor Trail
- Pattern: Sunflower
- Colors: navy, cream
- Dimensions: 93 1/4 x 66 3/4 inches
- Panels: three (22 1/4, 23, 21 `1/2 inches wide) joined with machine-stitching
- Pattern matched between panels
This navy and cream coverlet is woven in the Sunflower pattern with mostly navy flowers, reversing to mostly cream ones. The coverlet has seen a great deal of use with a faded center panel and unraveling seam at one end.
Virgil Thomas Trail (1921-2013) was s/o William Harvey Trail and Laura Pearl Turner Trail.
Elois Fern Shelor Trail (1923-2008) was d/o Ennis Shelor (s/o William Thomas Shelor & Clarice Ann “Clara” Dulaney Shelor) and Ora C. Harman Shelor (d/o Solomon Harman & Martha A. Harman).
While family members are unsure who wove this coverlet, it was possibly made by Martha Harman or Clara Shelor.
The Trail and Turner families were profiled on page 163 in the Floyd County Heritage book. This book was a joint effort by Old Church Gallery and the Jacksonville Center for the Arts.