Over 180 different quilting patterns were offered for sale as well as more than 1,000 perforated patterns for redwork or embroidery. The perforated patterns could be used on quilt blocks, clothing, pillows, and linens. The mainstay of the Ladies Art Company’s business, though, was selling quilt block patterns. Several catalogs were produced through the years, including their specialty catalogs containing the quilt kit patterns and the quilting patterns.
Stamping wax and stamping powder were sold to apply perforated patterns. Some instructions required a hot iron to transfer the patterns (although the author hasn’t found any references for use of a hot iron in her Ladies Art Company ephemera). Linens were also sold pre-stamped, or already finished.
Sometimes these patterns were rewards for obtaining new magazine subscribers, advertisements to earn money at home, and as new decorating ideas for the house. “LADIES paid $10.00 per thousand making little lace wheels at home. Easy work. Prompt pay. No experience required. Send stamped envelope for sample and full particulars to ART NEEDLEWORK CO., 108 Worth St., N.Y. City.”(2)
The instructions for stamping embroidery or perforated patterns were written as follows:
Below: Perforated pattern no. 5122, 13 x 14.5, 25 cts. Mayflower 1620 first shown in 11th Rev. Edition.
“When an outline/stem stitch was worked with silk threads on delicate fabrics, the fine line effect looked like --- and was known as --- etching. However, the terms outline and etching sometimes appeared interchangeably, regardless of the materials used. In the teens and twenties of the twentieth century, Ladies Art Company advertised the same designs on stamped linen as "Stamped Outline Embroidery Blocks For Nursery Quilts" and also as "Designs for Etched QuiltBlocks."(3)
Click here to see the St. Louis Fancy Work Catalog, circa 1915, of wholesale patterns displaying several penny doylie patterns for sale.
(1)McMorris, Penny. Crazy Quilts. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1984, pg. 32.
(2)- The Modern Priscilla, Boston, Mass. October 1904, pg 20.
(3) Catalog of Quilts and Quilting, Ladies Art Company
(4)Harding, Deborah Red & White: American Redwork Quilts. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 2000, pg.40.
(5) The Ladies’ World, New York: S.H. Moore & Co., June 1892, pg 17.
Copyright 2010-- Connie Chunn