I do research on and recreate garments and objects from the past. My sources range from original items to photographs in books, periodicals, art works, literary references and period patterns. My research also involves the history of knitting needles and related implements.
The portrait in the corner is by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) of Elisabeth Alexeyevna (?), location and ownership unknown.
I am enjoying experimenting with different miser's purses. This one was knit on 1.75mm/00US size needles and used approximately twenty-four skeins of seventeen different colours of DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss. The same flat-end trellis pattern is knit on the reverse side in similar but different colours in an effort to stash bust. The two shaded green section was knit in the round and the floral part in two flat sections which were then sewn together. (Click on the photograph for a larger version.)
The purse measures 2" across at the middle of the flat end and 2 ½” across at its bottom end. The floral section, not including the blue rows on the top and bottom, is 1 ¼” long. The circular green part measures 3 ¼” at its widest part when laid flat. The slit in the middle (not visible) is 2" long and the length of the purse, not including the pompom, is 12".