Needlework pocketbooks, often called “worked” pocketbooks, were popular from about 1740 until 1790, and were used by both men and women to carry valuables. A short essay on embroidered pocketbooks is included in the product.
This design is an adaptation of an antique queen-stitched pocketbook the designer bought at an antiques show. She used the same shape, ribbon closure, and motifs as on the antique, but changed the thread colors. The adaptation is only slighter smaller than the original.
From Ellen Chester, With My Needle. Includes chart, stitching directions, and stitch diagrams.
Approx Stitched Area Size: 5-3/8-inches wide x 11-1/8-inches high
Specialty Stitches: Queen, backstitch, and tent.
- Suggested Fabric: 32-count Toasted Almond linen from Zweigart
Threads Used (# colors): DMC (2) and overdyed threads from The Gentle Art Sampler Threads (2). DMC substitutions are given for the overdyed threads.
- Other: Ribbon.