HNW - Sweet bags

David & Erin Moody moody at aimnet.com
Thu Oct 9 23:17:12 PDT 1997


They were embroidered with either the exact pattern on both sides or
sometimes a very similar pattern (one side has a rose slip and the other a
borage slip) worked in the same style (usually tent stitch or detatched
buttonhole).

Erin

At 05:15 PM 10/9/97 EDT, you wrote:
>I have a really basic question-
>
>I have seen several examples of Elizabethan Era "sweet bags" in books
>(sometimes they have a little pin cushion square, sometimes not).
>
>Having only ever seen one side in these photos, does anyone know if
>the other side (backside) was embroidered?  If so, was it with the
>same pattern?
>
>
>I've always gone under the assumption of symmetry on the other side.
>I have seen some designs which 'wrap around' text along the upper
>portion of the bag (as drawings in an old needlework book).
>
>This is more of a trivia question to understand what was normally done
>in that time period.  I assume symmetry in design (or a complementary
>design on the other side).  Is this correct?  A more modern adaptation
>of a pattern might only ask for one side to be embroidered.
>
>
>-- Lisa Tyson
>
>( SCA: Lady Bryn Millar)
>
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