Kay's Practical Embroiderer

Example of Kay's Practical Embroiderer kit. Example of Kay's Practical Embroiderer kit. Courtesy Textile Research Centre, Leiden, acc. no. TRC 2015.0553.

Kay’s Practical Embroiderer (patent no. 466,488) is a British patent for a set of metal templates used for creating a novelty form of ‘pile’ embroidery. The patent was taken out on 23rd November 1935. The patent was accepted on 25th May 1937. The patent was taken out by two brothers, Samuel Kauffman and Harris Kay (formerly also known as Kauffman). Samuel Kauffman was described in the patent as being a Russian citizen.

This kit includes a variety of metal shapes that can be placed on a piece of cloth and then covered with layers of woollen threads worked in a satin stitch. The wool is then cut down the middle leaving a pile in the shape of the template, with a gap in the middle. The metal template is then removed.

The set of Kay’s Practical Embroiderer was sold at S. Kauffman, 9 Ingoldsby Avenue, Longsight, Manchester, 13 (England), and cost 3/6 (postage was an extra 3d).

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