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.
The reproduction18th century man's pocketbook is finished. It has mistakes in the stitching and I am not happy with the initials and their box but overall, I love it! I greatly enjoy doing this type of work and just have to be more careful in the future or catch my mistakes sooner than six rows afterwards or summat like that!
The pocketbook measures 7 ½” across and 7" long, opened flat. The interior is lined with cardboard and handwoven green silk. The tapes are woven wool and all of the sewing was done by hand with linen thread. The pocketbook, itself, was stitched on 30 count linen with naturally dyed wools from Textile Reproductions. The linen and the wools are from a kit purchased about twenty or more years ago but I did not exactly follow the colour chart in the kit.
My thanks to my father for holding open the pocketbook, and please excuse the Christmas tablecloth in the background which has finally been put away for the year!