I’ve been embroidering on and off since early May, on my first Georgian pocket. I originally used a pattern from Costume Close-Up: Clothing Construction and Pattern, 1750-1790, but decided not to follow the color scheme of the original in the Colonial Williamsburg collection.
Here is my progress so far! I’m not much of an embroiderer, but I’m determined to get this done. It is the first time I’ve use long-and-short filler stitches, and I’m really liking the effect.
AND…in case you are in need of pocket inspiration, check out this awesome resource for extant pockets – VADS. This online museum also has all kinds of other things to look at, like shoes, patterns, and textiles. Here are a few of my fave embroidered pockets from this site:
|Scottish, early to mid 18th c. Don’t you just adore the animals?|
|early 18th c. Beautiful polychromatic embroidery, and asymmetrical too|
|1718-20 – beautiful, subtle embroidery on white, but in a gorgeous, intricate pattern|
|mid-18th c. Charming pair with a different design that we normally see. All-over embroidery and contrasting binding and tape, very beautiful!|
These are just a couple of the embroidered pockets, but they also have categories for woven, printed, patchwork, undecorated, quilted, and knitted pockets. I never knew there were so many variations!