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Friday, August 11, 2017
Lorraine Perlette Yarn, Vintage 1940's
In my collection of pattern books is this 1942 twelve page leaflet entitled Lovely Creations for Baby, A joy to Make with Lustrous Lorraine Perlette Volume W16
The inside of the books shows Copyright 1942, W. Hannan. Now, I apparently got quite confused and spent a fair amount of time searching Google land for W. Hannan Co. Then, finally, a light went on and I realized the Company was not Hannan, but probably Lorraine. Back to Google land I went.
This postcard, from 1918 shows the plant was quickly expanding. Although their line of goods included Worsted and Cotton Yarns, fabrics were the primary focus. In the 1940's, with the start of World War II and the shortage of cotton and wool, they produced several replacement yarns for the times ... the Perlette, a 100% Nylon and a Strawtex Yarn. They issued (at least) two pattern books during this time. The Lovely Creations for Baby Book pictured above, as well as
New Hats, Bag and Belts of Lorraine Strawtex No 17. Now it would seem that there should be patterns books before 15, and at a minimum No 16, however, I've not found a single track.
Lorraine Mfg. Co. dissolved in 1954. Another end to fiber art history. Now, I've not identified what I would claim to be a replacement thread for the Lorraine Perlette. I have the patterns from Volume W16 in the shop, and for these I can only recommend selecting a material that matches the gauge.