Whilst looking for something else, I stumbled across a real gem originally published in 1870 containing instructions for tatting, embroidery, crochet, knitting, netting, point lace, Berlin work and guipure d’art: the Project Gutenberg eBook version of Beeton’s Book of Needlework. I’m sure many of you have already seen this and absorbed it and used the techniques, but if anyone who likes historical sewing (or even modern needlework) has missed it, do have a looksee.
It’s a bit special (in the good way) with instructions for making the following pretties:
I like this very much – I think it’d look lovely in whitework on a cravat end. The Boy likes cravats – perhaps he’ll be lucky enough to receive an embroidered one some day … (of course, he’ll therefore be unlucky enough that it will be embroidered by me and will therefore probably look not so great, but oh well!)
If I could get my hands on the right tools for the netting technique in the book, I would definitely give this a go for evening wear – perhaps in a pearly grey.
This flower is quite darling – I’ve always had a soft spot for fine fabrics appliqued onto net.
This is such a sweet key bag – I think it might need adding to my ‘to-make’ list. It’s got an owl on it, dammit! Though the instructions are fairly vague for a beginner like me, so it might have to wait a little while (particularly until I can find some nice grey kid to make it from).
A rather charming work bag. Although I don’t think I’d have the patience (nor the will!) to make such a beautifully embroidered bag, I would be very tempted to make a more simply decorated version of this for transporting work and storing knitting bits and pieces. Very tempted, indeed. I’m even picturing how cute belts would look as the fastening straps … Hmm …
And this last one I thought was quite fitting for any seamstress or needlworker – a very pretty pattern to use on a needlebook or work bag:
Do go and have a look at this lovely eBook – guaranteed inspiration!