Here are catalogues of leaflets in the Guild collection from spinners and publishers which don’t have their own pages.
Emu wools first appeared during WW2, with the slogan “Knit with Emu wools and stop thinking about shrinking”. The brand flourished for many years, until it became part of the company that produced Robin wools, now owned by James C. Brett. The Golden Eagle brand, which first appeared in the early 1930s, was sold to Emu Wools in the 1950s.
Bestway leaflets were published by The Amalgamated Press, who also published many women’s magazines such as Woman’s Weekly. Sewing patterns and booklets of knitting and crochet patterns were published under the Bestway brand in the 1930s, and pattern leaflets began to be published around 1939. Weldons pattern leaflets were also published by The Amalgamated Press, and started to appear in the 1930s.
Lister was a long-established spinning company in Bradford. Bairns-Wear manufactured children’s clothing, but branched out into knitting wools, including two brands (Femina and La Laine) for adults. We believe that the patterns published before 1952 are now out of copyright.
Sirdar is a company with a long history, still based in its original site in Wakefield. Sirdar pattern leaflets began to appear in the early 1930s. The leaflets shown here are now out of copyright.
Copies of these patterns are available to Guild members, for their own personal use. To request a copy of any leaflet, please use the contact form.