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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Coats Clarks 1947 Thread Price Guide

Tucked in the 1947 issue of Womans Day Magazine is Coats and Clark's Leaflet HH-46.  On the last page of the insert, a materials guide was included which detailed the price of the interchangeable Coats and Clark's and Chadwicks Threads.  

Check out those prices !!!   Although nothing by todays' pricing, I'm sure they were consistent with 1947.  
That's it .... just wanted to share.    Thanks for dropping by. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Modern Knitting Magazine Commitment, 1948

I'm sharing this with you ... just for Fun.   

Tucked into the front pages of a 1948 issue of Modern Knitting magazine is their service commitment. 

Did you notice that the individual points spell out the word SERVICE?  I'll have to keep a watch out to see if the other needlecraft magazines in this time period followed suit.   
That's it ... just wanted to share. 
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dawn Mohspun Knitting Yarn, American Thread

Vintage Dawn Mohspun Yarn Advertisement
" Dawn Mohspun is a luxuriously soft 2 ply yarn made of 100% Orlon Acrylic fiber.  It may be machine washed and dried.  It is moth-proof and non-allergenic.   Dawn Mohspun has a fluffy surface.  A deeper, even fluffier texture may be obtained by gently brushing the garment with a wire brush."  
Vintage Dawn Mohspun Information Page
This yarn was introduced by American Thread in the early 1960's.   To accompany the release, they issued one pattern book - New Dawn Mohspun Fashions
American Thread Star Book 196, Dawn Mohspun Pattern Book
This book is reviewed  in the Shop Talk Blog, should you be interested.   There are also, of course, a couple patterns in the shop calling for Dawn Mohspun.  
I've done a number of Google searches and see no direct substitution recommendations for this yarn.   If you have worked any of these patterns, or know of substitution info, I'd love to hear from you ....I'll update this post with the information for others use.  
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lilly Rug Yarn, Art 241

Lily Mills introduced their 'famous' rug yarn in 1937.   This time period was nearing the end of the Great Depression and creating your own home essentials was still economically important.  
"A wonderfully soft, thick, fine quality 100% cotton rug yarn in rich, fast, colors.  This yarn is widely used for all types of crochet work such as hats and bags, bedroom slippers, pot holders, etc.  Also, it is widely used for making Fluff, Pompom, Hooked, Crocheted and Woven Rugs".   
The yarn was introduced in 4-oz skeins.   
(photo courtesy of Polly's Vintage Linens)
Into the early 1940's, Lily Mills promoted the different uses for their Rug Yarn.  As was the norm for this time period, department stores also set up instruction areas to teach you the techniques and giving free patterns with yarn purchase. Crocheting hats and bags was another popular instructions.  

During WWII cotton became scarce, creating a quite a boom for those stores that were able to obtain leftover stocks.   It was during this time period that the nylons and synthetics started gaining their popularity.   Of course, when the war ended and cotton again became available, their marketing (and sales) hit new time highs.   It has to be noted, of course, that they were not alone in this market ... the greatest competition being American Thread's Aunt Lydia's Heavy Rug Yarn.  

The product promotion began dwindling in the early 1970's, and by 1975 had entirely left the market.  Now, that's certainly not to say that rug yarns left the market.   Newer yarns were marketed employing additional fibers .... versus 100% cotton. 

During it's run, Lily Mills produced several pattern books that directly promoted this yarn, as well as offered patterns through leaflets distributed through shops and the popular Needlework magazines.  I've reviewed one of these books - Smart Little Toppers - in the Shoptalk Blog

There are, of course, a number of patterns calling for Lily Rug Yarn, Art 241, in the shop if you'd care to browse.  
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