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Brr! December means indoor kid weather, so here’s a #ThursDIY post for all you cozy crafters. This illustration accompanied a ca. 1880s catalog of Briggs & Co.’s patented embroidery patterns.
Briggs & Co. was founded in 1874 by John Briggs, who patented his iron-on transfer method for embroidery patterns that same year in his home country of England. On October 14, 1879, his agents in the United States received an American patent for the process.
In 1895, Briggs & Co. was incorporated by John’s son William as William Briggs & Co., Ltd., which became famous after World War I for its traced linens and heat transfer printing patterns. That company was, in turn, absorbed into Coats, still in existence today as a thread manufacturer, in 1939.Read more...
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