Saturday, 23 May 2015

A practical wee thing

What shall one do if after a bigger project, as sewing several dresses for a ball, one isn't in a mood for sewing? Start with a small and practical project.

In my reticule, I need to carry some modern things around, as would anyone else. And I don't really like to rummage in a mixture of historical looking pocket detritus and modern convenience.
Some silk scraps, silk thread, some wool to pad the project, and some fine cardboard for shape, and we have a practical little pocketbook :-)

For the "How authentic measure" - I have to admit, in my opinion it's not matching with any "Authenticy Measure" - at all. ¨

I didn't work after any particular example, the size has been defined by a Reclam paperback book what was handy for the shape and the size of the silk scraps. Also it lacks ties. And for the herringbone stitching - If one is too daft to verify the size while stitching.. well - let's call it - A Practical Artistic Anachronistic Pocketbook :-)
Still, I like the way it looks, it will be very practical for future outings.

Folded up

The inside, with the herringbone stitch to connect the pieces

With some proper correspondence inside

The outside. The embroidery is executed mostly in stemstich, some french knots and some leafy bits.

And it's raison d'être inside my reticule - the modern correspondence tool...


  1. Beautiful work! Sometimes, once in a while, historically inspired is just the thing :) Loads better than having the mobile peeking out of the reticule.

  2. Wundervolle Arbeit mit zauberhaften Details! Was gibt es denn besseres als so sein Handy zu tarnen? Super genial!

    Liebe Grüße,

  3. I love your project! Anachronistic or not, it's a lovely piece and it is up cycling which is what they would have done. Nothing going to waste. Cheers

  4. It's very prety! I love the colours.

  5. Very pretty! I love the embroidery. :)