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.
Both stockings finished. I just wish I could capture the true shade of the greenish-brown of the wool. It is such a lovely, warm colour but it just does not appear as such on camera indoors or out of doors.
Not perfectly stitched on 30 count linen in vegetable and plant dyed wool from Textile Reproductions. Unlike many surviving examples of this type of stitchery, I did not have a repetitive colour pattern but mixed the sets variously in a vain attempt to use up my stash of embroidery wool. The woven wool tape is from Wm. Booth Draper. The interior fabric is hand-woven silk in that wonderful shade of green and the exterior binding stitching is in linen thread. The embroidered initials and date are worked in vegetable/plant dyed silk thread purchased from Textile Reproductions many years ago.
There are three pockets filled with sewing supplies which is why the huswif folds rather than rolls when wrapped up and tied. The pin-cushion is made of green felted woven wool fabric and filled with picked and rinsed fleece which still contains a fair amount of lanolin in it.
The finished measurements are 4" wide and 13" long.
This spring has been rather chilly so I whipped up a second pair of mitts for myself, in bright white and pale blue Templeton’s H&O Shetland Fleece wool, on 2.25mm/US 1 needles and 2mm/US 0 for the “bracelet.” The pattern is from Godey’s Lady’s Book, Knitted Mitten and Bracelet, Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine, Volume 51, August, 1855, pp. 169-170.
For more information about these mitts and their pattern, see my blog post of 24th of November, 2009 (1855 Mitt Revisited.)