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Pat Prichard Part 1

July 13, 2015

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Welcome to part 1 of my feature about 50’s and 60’s textile illustrator Pat Prichard. Sadly there isn’t very much written on the internet about this inspirational lady, who like Tammis Keefe and Lois Long produced many (hundreds ?) of designs during her time as a creative.

I find her bird and animal designs amongst some of my favourites.

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As with Tammis’s designs, Pat’s hankies were produced and marketed by J.H. Kimball & Co. Some of her hankie designs were repeated in scarves also bearing her signature. She also designed handkerchiefs for Franshaw.

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I did a little research and discovered a great article in the Corsicana Daily Sun Newspaper, Texas in 1956. Here Pat is quoted as saying : –

“A hankie in the springtime is for show, not to blow. Which means you should pick handkerchiefs by colour to complete your spring outfit”, says Textile designer Pat Prichard. Miss Prichard doesn’t believe In using spring handkerchiefs on your nose at all. She advocates starching them lightly and wearing them as colour accents on belt or bolero. The young, blonde designer has created some handkerchiefs specially to contrast with spring suit, colours of navy and beige. Miss Prichard’s 15-by-15 inch handkerchiefs (for J. H. Kimball) feature mint green, beige and lemon yellow. In monochromatic patterns or against white backgrounds. She advises mint green hankies peeping out of jacket pockets or tucked in the belt of beige and navy suits, and beige or lemon yellow for navy outfits. So what happens to the ensemble if you suddenly have to blow your nose? “Nothing,” says Miss Prichard, “For that. you use tissues !”   So now you know ; )

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There’s a great article about Tammis Keefe over on the Making it Fun site, which gives more of an insight as to how these designer like Tammis worked during the mid century years. Don’t miss part 2 of Pat Prichard’s work here on friday.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. neatokeenetsy permalink
    July 13, 2015 2:43 pm

    Wonderful post! I love the quote. Looking forward to Friday’s article and photos!

    • July 13, 2015 3:20 pm

      Thanks Cindy. I can’t look at a hanky without thinking of you now days… is that necessarily a good thing for you I wonder : )

  2. neatokeenetsy permalink
    July 17, 2015 5:54 pm

    I’m happy that you associate me with mid century linens! 😀

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  4. Ronda Rohde permalink
    February 14, 2017 11:22 pm

    I read somewhere online that Pat Prichard was one of the aliases of Tamis Keefe

  5. Ronda Rohde permalink
    February 14, 2017 11:45 pm


    “The designer was Tammis Keefe, known for her whimsical and creative compositions for textiles. She also designed under the name of Pat Prichard, which you see on this piece. The colors are charming, the fabric is a beautiful handkerchief weight linen, and the design is a dressmaker’s dream. Most of us don’t use linen handkerchiefs any more, but this one, framed, would be perfect for the walls in your sewing room.”


  6. Dianne permalink
    January 1, 2023 8:19 pm

    I have a rare one from the 1964 GOP convention it belonged to the state President. Reach out if you’d like pictures. Her name was Peggy and she had 2 Sterling elephant brooches in the box as well.

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