My first project of the new year is an embroidered reticule, very much based on this one from the Met.
The bag is made from leftover bits of silk, lined with cotton. The embroidery is metallic floss and the ties are done up with pearl cotton, made into little ropes. The tassels are of the same pearl cotton.
It is made up of four identical pieces, lined and whipstitched to each other. The ties run through a channel at the top.
The embroidery was actually really quick. I often get a little ehhh... before starting something with embroidery, because I think it will take forever. These two little motifs were very doable, though. Like, a few hours. Just satin stitches, back stitches and some french knots.
Makes me want to do more!