Girl Scout Needle Crafts
Needlework projects have always been quite popular over the years.
Girls learned the basic stitches, completed badge requirements and felt the pride of accomplishment. Adults did too!
This page contains official Girl Scout licensed products and a few "unofficial" ones too.
The first official Girl Scout sampler was launched in 1932. Designed by Helen Perry Curtis, it was proudly shown on the cover of the October issue of American Girl magazine.
This is an example of an "unofficial" Girl Scout embroidery project. It's circa 1940 and the pattern was offered for sale in local newspapers in the "Ladies" section or the classifieds. It was copyright to Household Arts, Inc. and was designed by Alice Brooks. Pattern #6751.
1954 1960 1957
This Crewel Embroidery set didn't last long. It paid homage to the four levels of Girl Scouting, each with their own symbol.
1974 - new promise
The package above uses the term "Girl Scouts of America" - an incorrect term, which is possibly why there is another packaging.
Manufactured by S.N.T. Manufacturing Co. and distributed by Travellers Premium Co.
The date shown was the year she earned her Gold Award (Way to go, ANN!)
She writes that she stitched it a year or two later.
If I'm remembering my Roman numerals correctly, this Paragon Needlecraft booklet was published in 1972,
This cross stitch booklet gave instructions for the BSA and the Girl Scout stamps
This Juliette Low Birthplace Cross Stitch used to be commercially available online.
This similar Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace cross-stitch was offered by Heartland House Designs for $21.00.
In 1955 this framed item (right) was offered in the GS catalog. The above images appear to be very similar, except it has 3 stars on the shield. Could it be that it was also offered as a needle craft project?