Friday, July 20, 2012

Betsy Ross Needlework, NY


The following embroidered linens
are both from the
Betsy Ross Needlework Company
from New York, NY.

I would love to say I just know this from
decades of study and research,
but actually the stitcher preferred a straight edged
runner instead of the printed
 curved end on the edge.

This left me with the pattern instructions
and the company name on both pieces!

The blue print was so faint on this dresser scarf
that the blue print would not show in the photograph.

Betsy Ross Needlework, Inc. was also known as the
 Crescent Art Linen Company.
  In 1967, the family owned company was involved
in a dispute regarding labor policies.
  Like many companies during the fifties and sixties,
 the needlework company was facing unionization.

The court records give us a unique glimpse into a needlework/linen factory.
Eugene and Bernard Yokell were co-partners of the company.
They acquired the decorative linen plant after their father's passing.

  Since the records state that the company had not had
union representation for at least twenty-five years,
  we can date its beginnings at least to the 40's.
The records state that Eugene Yokell 
asked to meet with all of the employees on the eighth floor.
Eighth floor? I wonder how many floors the company leased!
The record doesn't state if the needlework company was leasing all of the building.

Not all of the employees could attend Mr. Yokell's meeting. 
Thirty-six were present.
The court notes also contain an interesting
discussion of the needlework company's busy season. 

If you'd like to read the court documents,

Of course, this is only one piece of a company's long history.
It was a piece of history that many companies shared.

I give the story here because of the glimpse it shares
 of factory-life inside a needlework factory.

About 40 employees in the 60's
Located at a Multiple-Storied Leased Plant.
Linens Machine Manufactured.
Employees' Jobs Seasonally Influenced.

I hope you enjoyed this vintage find!



  1. Hi Amy! What beautiful embroidered pieces, and I love hearing the history!! Happy weekend to you! xo Heather

  2. Amy the embroidery pieces are beautiful. What great history that is so neat. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Amy, I adore linens! I do have a few of my own but would like to find more! Thank you for the history of this company. I love knowing about the PAST! It is soooo important! Though it saddens me too, knowing our countrys mfg. base is nothing like it use to be. Thank you for all the sweet comments on my blog too! Prayers and Blessings! From one sweetie to another~~~~Roxie

  4. The art of needlework is beautiful and should be carried forward. All pieces have a story not only the company. Such pretty embroidered piece!

  5. I love vintage linens and needle work. These pieces are beautiful. Enjoy learning a bit of history. Visiting from VTT. Now a new follower.

  6. I truly enjoyed your post. I love aal linens and have way too many.

  7. Those are such beautiful linens and such a weakness of mine! Thanks for sharing the history!