While getting ready for the local, Genesee Valley Sew Along making pin balls, the topic of Miser’s Purses came up. Thinking this might be a nice Sew Along project, I started poking around.
Lady’s magazines and needle-work books from the first half of the 19th century were filled with illustrations and directions for miser’s purses, aka crochet purses, stocking purses, ring purses, long purses (or, so I thought.) I was saving directions/image combinations and pinning away, when I came across this goodie: A Thesis on Miser’s Purses: THE UBIQUITOUS MISER’S PURSE**, by Laura L. Camerlengo 2010. Squeee! (**Link updated to go to the abstract rather than the pdf that stopped working. Click on the second file, the PDF.)
Read, read, read folks!
I couldn’t possibly touch what Laura did in information collecting for a simple Sew Along option. Here is a dabbling of the image & directions I put together before finding the thesis.
Of course, the question is…. Do we want to do this as a sew along??? (I’ll confess, I am awful at following crochet directions.)
This last one, is technically not a “miser’s purse” per the perimeters in the above thesis. It is a very interesting purse though. (I may have to try to make it.)
- The illuminated ladies’ book of useful and ornamental needlework