Star Needlework Journal

December 8, 2009

This should not come as any surprise that I enjoy looking at old needlework magazines. I recently bought an issue of Star Needlework Journal from 1921. Published quarterly by the American Thread Company, this magazine was a popular woman’s publication at the turn of the 20th century.While there are no articles in the magazine, it is loaded with charts for all types of needlework. What caught my eye; however, was an entry form for “Prize Contest No. 4”.

Needlework could be entered in seven different categories including tatting, crochet, knitting and embroidery. Girls under 14 could enter their embroidered and crocheted pieces separately. Contest rules required that all pieces be newly made for the competition. The rules specifically stated that “to insure the exclusion of articles not thus made, all spool and ball tickets, also skein bands belonging to the threads used in making articles sent for competition should be enclosed in an envelope and securely fastened to the work sent in.” Very serious stuff, indeed.

What really amazed me, though, is that a total of $2000.00 in cash prizes was offered. First prize in several of the categories was $100.00 each; a substantial sum considering that in 1921 five pounds of sugar cost 95 cents, five pounds of flour cost 41 cents and a mahogany Queen Anne style table cost $145.00!

In a future post I will share with you information about another early 20th century needlework magazine.


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