Catherine Evans revived the craft technique of tufting in the 1890 near Dalton. These tufted bedspreads were frequently referred to as chenille products. Most tufted bedspreads didn’t meet the strict definition of chenille, however the term stuck. The handcraft of tufting played an enormous role in the economical development of northwest Georgia. Evans and others who realized the method stamped identifiable layouts onto clean sheets, then stuffed the layouts with yarn. As the products grew in recognition, retailers in the Dalton area took an interest in advertising the spreads. Retailers ordered a vast Putting out system to fill the expanding need.
They established Spread houses, generally little warehouses where designs were stamped onto sheets. Men called motorists would later deliver the stamped sheets and yarn to 1000 of rural houses in north Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. The hauler would do another round of visits to pick up the spreads, pay the tufters, and return the goods to the spread houses for finishing. By the 30s clotheslines bearing chenille bedspreads lined U.S. Highway 41 through Dalton along with other small communities in northwest Georgia. Tourists on their way to Florida frequently stopped and purchased these spreads, often thinking them to be samples of authentic American folk crafts.
Of the several designs enhancing the spreads, the most famous among tourists was the peacock. The participation of family farmers in this industry supplied badly needed money incomes and helped these households weather the Great Depression. Bandy was reputedly the first man to make one million dollars in the bedspread business by the late 30s, but others followed. In the 30s such organizations as Cabin Crafts started to provide the hand work from the farms into companies.