This is a reticule, an essential addition to any Regency lady's ensemble. This small handbag is made with a silky poly blend, and lined with a navy blue charmeuse. I modified Butterick pattern 5580 by reducing the size (by about 30-40% I think) and adding the tassel. The tassel is made from DMC pearl cotton. The drawstring is a satin cord which runs through 8 eyelets, folding in the edges of the bag at the sides.
Here are some details of the embroidery, the design of which is from Dover Publications' Victorian Floral Iron-on Transfer Patterns. This is worked in 2-strand satin stitch, stem stitch, and french knots.
To tuck inside her reticule, I made Miss J a hankie. The satin stitches could have been a bit better planned out! They're going every which way, but we can tell ourselves that it adds depth to the piece, can't we?
Initials from Dover Publications' 712 Decorative Letters. Worked in 2-strand satin stitch, lazy daisy, and french knots.
These were both such fun to do. It had been awhile since I'd had traditional pieces on my hoop, and these projects were a pleasure!