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My current research obsession is centered around purses and pouches from the European Middle Ages, and the accompanying hardware and passementerie. It is my hope to not only study extant items but also learn via reconstructive experiments; these will be limited for the most part to the textile components, however in the future I hope to explore the production of the metal frames.

31 December 2008

Purse mock-up, part 2

OK, here's the second half of the side stitching. The tension was much better this time around, although of course the sides of the mouth are slightly different lengths as a result.

I had two goals with the second half: experiment with adding a little ear to aid in opening the purse; and see what I could do about hiding the unfinished end from the first half. I cut off the knot and buried it between the fabric edges. This mostly worked, but was a little sloppy, as the corner was difficult enough on its own.

Another idea I had a while ago, which Rebecca reminded me of, was the fact that these ends could be turned into tassels or covered by knopps of some sort.


Žabacorporation said...

Very nice.
I think this braid suits the purse:) The tension is unpleasant, but it shouldn't be visible, when you put something inside..

Lois said...

Beauty's self it is. Finally thought to check your purse blog. Loved the fireworks, BTW. I'll have to show Bedwyr. He loves fire.

Glad you are back in the textile biz.