Sunday, March 17, 2013

Victorian Sewing Box or Pinch Purse

My Victorian sewing box, also known as a pinch purse.
 Finally it's done!
  I started this last year and it whiled away in a basket. 
 It looked so easy, well it is.
However, I fought with the thread
and the stiffness of the cardboard lining.
It just didn't look right using embroidery cotton
 and I wasn't using the right needle.
I wouldn't tackle this unless you have some sewing skills.
A set of needle nose pliers or a very good fitting thimble is in order.
 
I found that the best way to stitch this together 
was with doubled #10 crochet cotton and a #18 chenille needle.
Gosh I like chenille needles,
why was I using a darning needle?
(Because the pattern called for it.)
I used velvet fabric with a cotton lining.
The next one will be woolie!
This is the bottom, a weaving stitch is used to attach the three, pointed oval shapes, together.
It's a pattern shown in American Time Life Books - Country Crafts,
an older set of books from the 80's.
But simple enough.  Use a cardboard shape for the lining.
Use the shape to draw on and cut your fabric
about 1/4" to 1/2" beyond the edge, allowing for a seam.
The cardboard is inserted between two layers of fabric and then blind stitched together.
Make sure you've trimmed the seams to 1/8" and keep the seams on the lining side.



The blanket stitch along the open edge is not necessary.
I'm just blanket stitch crazy.
Hmmmm, I think it needs woolie adornment.
I'm sure you agree.
Stayed tuned for the next installment.
There may be kits in my future.

5 comments:

  1. Very pretty Colleen. You did a wonderful job.

    Felicia

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  2. You and I seem to be of the same mind. I have been making these for years usually as Christmas ornaments but in all sizes and purposes too. My great grandmother made them and I still have hers! Then they were passed down from Grandma to my Aunt and then to me. We always called them Beechnuts. My grandma had a beechnut tree in her yard and she thought they were the same shape. I have made them of silk, wool, velvet, paper and even out of metal!

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    1. Oh my out of metal! How nice for you that you have so many made from generations past in your family. I love it! I'm really enjoying my purse and soon to make more! Now you have me even more intrigued.

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  3. I tried to respond to your sweet comment that you left for me yesterday, but you come up as "no reply" comment ( maybe intentionally?) and then I tried your contact me link on your side bar but it didn't work for me so here I am saying thanks for stopping by and I have enjoyed visiting you here this evening. <3

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    1. How does that happen? I have no clue why the "no reply" didn't work. I want lots of emails, giggle! I tested the contact me link on my sidebar and it works for me. I'll have to have a friend test it. Thanks for letting me know and thanks for stopping by as well! I enjoyed your blog!

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