This project totally gets the prize for fastest completed. Ever. I somehow managed to get it from start to finish in just a few days! Granted, I did take the embroidery to a pedicure with me -- and it got a couple sidelong glances -- but I was dedicated and the work paid off. Now I have a lovely little sewing kit to carry along.
So why a sewing kit?
Since I have been getting more into hand sewing, I have put away the machine and ventured out of the sewing room. I'm much more mobile with only a needle and thread, which is great, but now I have to have something to carry by sewing bits in.
For some months I have used a hussif, or housewife, from William Booth Draper. It was excellent, only it was really too small for some of the things I use, especially for embroidery, like a larger scissors or a pencil, etc.
|Housewife from William Booth Draper|
Only I couldn't just take old scrappies and piece them together. I decided to order some lovely silk taffeta and make a sewing kit with inspiration from the beautiful wallets of the 1700's.
I was especially inspired by this wallet from France:
Silk Taffeta embroidered with silk
|On the back side of the original wallet there is a little love poem.|
I took inspiration from this for the embroidery and colors. The inside, I designed to fit what I needed space for: a pocket for miscellaneous bits (pencils, scissors, chalk, wax, ruler, spools of thread, etc), a pincushion and a little wool for my needles.
The wallet is blue silk taffeta with linen lining over pieces of cardboard for stability. It is sewn with linen and silk threads and is accented with silk ribbon in two sizes.
I didn't copy anything from the 18th century, per se, but I also didn't use anything or any techniques that wouldn't have been available to a lady who needed a sewing kit 200 years ago. As I designed and sewed, I kept in my mind, "If I was alive then, and I needed this, what would I have done?" It was an interesting exercise in historical inspiration.
|The pincushion detaches to I can move it around my workspace.|
|It's a little wrinkly, but after looking at the original I don't feel so bad. |
It's a little wrinkly too!
|The kit closes with silk ribbon ties.|
I hope everyone's having a lovely week! Xx, C.