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Illinois Art Needlework Companies

List Created and Compiled
By
Shirley McElderry
Ottumwa, Iowa

        Meet Shirley McElderry
Answering Questions about Kit Quilts at the Iowa Illinois Quilt Study Group
August 2006 Meeting in Kalona, Illinois

 

Illinois Art Needlework Companies

You can call them stamped goods companies, you can call them art needlework companies or you can call them purveyors of stamped goods and needleart supplies, each of those names would probably fit this category of companies. Shirley McElderry of Ottumwa Iowa created this list of Illinois art needlework companies from advertisements found in her collection of over 1200 issues of magazines and graciously shared her work with us. Thank you Shirley.

Shirley’s List of Illinois Art Needlework Companies

Art Novelty Co. 5408B Kimbark Ave. Chicago.
“Moody Embroidery silk holder.”
Source: HOME NEEDLEWORK MAGAZINE 1903.

O.T. Barnard & Co. 406S Dearborn St. Chicago.
Rubber stamps for linens.
Source: NEEDLECRAFT October 1911

Berkshire & Becket Silk Co. Elgin, IL offered needlework books, hooked rugs, patchwork quilt designs, from Virginia Snow and Grandma Dexter. This company
was owned by Collingbourne, Mills, Inc., but retained their original name Berkshire
& Becket Silk Co.
Source: NEEDLECRAFT March 1932

Hazel Briggs Gift Studios 2116 Lunt Ave. Chicago.
"Needleworkers, quilters, etc. turn your work into cash--”
Source: NEEDLECRAFT 1936

Chicago Utility Co. 4327 N. 44th Court Chicago.
Stamped linens and catalog.
Source: NEEDLECRAFT 1910

Chicago Art Needlework Co. 2007 W. Division Chicago.
Listed under “art needlework materials” in Chicago 1934 phone book
Source: Information courtesy of Susan Miller

Culligan Co. 435 S. Dearborn St. Chicago.
“Transfer patterns and 1915 catalog--”
Source: COMFORT 1914

Designers Crochet Studio 236 N. Cicero Ave. Chicago.
“6 instruction books on crochet.”
Source: HOME NEEDLEWORK 1916

Edman & Co. Chicago.
“Designs in knitting, lacemaking, free catalog.”
Source: NEEDLECRAFT 1911

Elenora Art Studios 180 W. Adams Chicago.
“Hooked rug outfit, stamped on burlap”
Source: FARMERS WIFE 1931

Ellis Art. Co. 538 Lawndale Ave. Chicago.
“Stamped linens and silk remnants”
Source: COMFORT 1912 and 1913

Embroidery Stamping Co. 16 N. Wabash Ave. Chicago.
“Free tray cloth--”
Source: WOMAN’S WORLD 1923
This same ad was in the NEEDLECRAFT 1937 issue; but the address was 6214 S. Ashland Ave.

Elizabeth Finlay -Evanston, Il. “Colonial Patchwork Quilts” offered quilts, spreads, etc. - small colored folder dated 1927 and labeled.
Source: Shirley McElderry Quilt Ephemera Collection

Fixler Bros. 1929 address” 317 W. Adams, Chicago. By 1931, 3900 Claremont Ave. Most of the advertisements in my collection concerning Fixler Bros. were for rug yarn and various rug-making supplies. In Oct. 1932 NEEDLECRAFT was “cutwork embroidery, stamped linen catalog” Cuesta Benberry thought that this company supplied Herrschner’s with some stamped quilt kits. I have no other information concerning quilt blocks, or kits, made by this company.
Source: Advertisements from 1929 through 1933 in various magazines.

F.B. Gustafson 810 Ashland Ave. Rockford.
“Make beautiful rugs, mats, chair pads with Loop-O-Loom”
Source: MCCALL NEEDLEWORK Winter 1947-48

H.H. Hellesoe 2444 Ainslie St. Chicago.
“Stamp your own linens”
Source: HOME NEEDLEWORK 1915

Herrschner Chicago.
Source:
DELINEATOR 1905
MODERN PRISCILLA 1905 through 1929
HOME NEEDLEWORK 1906 and 1907
LADIES WORLD 1909, 1910, and 1911
WOMAN’S WORLD 1909 through 1940
LADIES HOME JOURNAL 1909
COMFORT 1910 and 1911
NEEDLECRAFT 1910 and 1911 only; then had regular ads starting in 1925 through 1940
THE AMERICAN NEEDLEWOMAN 1926 and 1927
HEARTH AND HOME 1926
FARM AND FIRESIDE 1929
TODAY’S HOUSEWIFE 1926
PEOPLES HOME JOURNAL 1926
FARMERS WIFE 1929 through 1938
HOUSEHOLD 1926 through 1947
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS 1930
MCCALL NEEDLEWORK 1943 through 1950

Hildebrand, Walter & Co. 934-36 North Ave. Chicago.

“Embroidered fancy goods” (Items already done; unclear)
Source: NEEDLECRAFT 1922

Home Art Company Address was 2130 Belmont Ave. until March 1926, then it was 2132 Belmont Ave. Chicago.
“Stamped goods and booklets”
Source: Various magazines from 1925 through 1929

Home Art Novelty Co. 1160 Farwell Ave. Chicago.
“New punch and shuttle needles”
Source: NEEDLECRAFT 1934

Home Needlework Company Chicago.
Source: I found 4 different addresses in 4 different magazines.

Lennon Embroidery Stamping Co. Ashland, Chicago.
“Fine linen tray cloth”
Source: NEEDLECRAFT 1925

Lester & Co. Medinah Bldg. Chicago.
“Art catalog of fancy and stamped goods.”
Source: MODERN PRISCILLA 1908

Madison Embroidery Co. Chicago.
“Shirtwaist patterns,” also wanted “women to sell embroidered and braided apparel novelties”
Source:
MODERN PRISCILLA 1910
NEEDLECRAFT 1911

The Marie Co. 2223 Orchard St. Chicago.
“Transfer patterns, alphabets, etc.”
Source:
NEEDLECRAFT
HOME NEEDLECRAFT 1916

Eleanor Martin Elgin and Chicago.
Source:
NEEDLECRAFT 1934 through 1937
HOUSEHOLD 1935
FARMERS WIFE 1935 and 1936
WOMAN’S WORLD 1935

Special Note: Eleanor Martin, Inc. Quilt History Stories

John Michael Co. 1218 W. Madison St. Chicago.
Offered ready-cut quilt pieces and booklets.
Source: Quilt Ephemera in Collection

M-L Art Embroidery Co. 6122 S. Ashland Ave. Chicago.
”Pillowslips, and free scarf to match” (I don’t know if these articles were ready made.) Source: NEEDLECRAFT 1929

Molter-Reinhard Co. 366 W. Monroe St. Chicago.

“NuArt and Daisy needles”
Source:
MODERN PRISCILLA 1922 and 1923
NEEDLECRAFT 1922 and 1923
WOMAN’S WORLD 1923.
(Susan Miller says this was listed in 1933 and 1934 Chicago Directory under Art Needlework material, in 1927 Address was 360 W. Monroe; in 1933 317 S. Market. And in 1934 307 W. Adams.

Needleart Co. 617 So. Paulina Chicago.
“Colonial Quilt Book” and “Hope Winslow’s Quilt book” (Home Arts books)
Source:
FARMERS WIFE 1933
NEEDLECRAFT 1934.

Needlecraft Supply Co. 800 N. Clark St. Chicago.
Offered die cut quilt kits.

Needlework Co. 630 E. 46th Place Chicago.
“Patterns for needlework and embroidery”
Source: HOME NEEDLEWORK 1903

Needlework Supply Co. 914 S. Morgan St. Chicago.
“Lunch set; initialed, to embroider”
Source:
MODERN PRISCILLA 1910
HEARTH & HOME - Same name, 4713 Sheridan Road, Chicago for “50 different gorgeous prints” (remnants) 1933.

Norwegian Shop 218 So. Wabash Ave. Chicago.
“Stamping sets”
Source: NEEDLECRAFT 1911

Novelty Art Studios 3125 Michigan Ave. Chicago. (M. Dvorak)
Sold art instruction books; crochet, etc.
Source:
NEEDLECRAFT 1917
HOME NEEDLEWORK 1917.

John F. Rahn Co. Dept. 14. Chicago.
“Stencil beautiful curtains, etc.”
Source: NEEDLECRAFT 1911

W.A. Reineke - Perry, Il.
“Stamped goods and catalog”
Source:
HOME NEEDLEWORK
NEEDLECRAFT 1916

Virginia Snow Elgin.
“Stamped linens, needlework supplies, etc.”
Source:
NEEDLECRAFT 1916 through 1938
AMERICAN NEEDLEWOMAN 1926 and 1927
HEART & HOME 1929.

Tapestry Paint. Co. 22 5th Ave. Chicago.
“Stenciling outfit”
Source: NEEDLECRAFT 1910

Cornelia Tinsley 9028 Commercial Ave. Chicago.
“Embroidery lessons given”
Source: HOME NEEDLEWORK 1903

Tru-Value Products 378 St. Charles St. Elgin.
“Quilt block, bedspreads, latest needlework fad; stamp your own, 9x9 inch patterns perforated on heavy bond paper”
Source: NEEDLECRAFT 1927

F. Vogel & Sons 238 5th Ave. Chicago.
“Hemstitched doily and floss”
Source:
MODERN PRISCILLA 1906
Quilt ephemera - I have booklet dated Spring 1957 - F.W.Woolworth Co.

Western Lace Mfg. Co 218 State St. Chicago.
“Book of crochet work; new and complete work of 112 pages--”
Source: PETERSON’S MAGAZINE 1884.

Women’s Guild 319 Market St. Chicago.
“Stamped linens”
Source: NEEDLECRAFT 1934

    

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