The design on this Williamsburg Embroidered 18th Century Pocket Kit from The Posy Collection is adapted from an 18th century crewel wool pocket in our collections.
This kit has everything you need for this fun project:
- Pre-printed cotton fabric pocket front
- Plain cotton fabric back
- 1 embroidery needle
- Cotton twill for pocket ties and opening
- DMC floss for embroidery
- Illustrated sewing instructions
- Color photograph of original pocket
- Pocket history, and suggestions for pocket decoration
Finished pocket size is 8.5"W by 10.5"H. Made in the USA.
In the 18th century, ladies wore sewn pouches called pockets beneath their petticoats. The pockets, often worn in pairs, were tied to the waist with fabric belts, and could be reached through slits in the outside skirts. A young colonial girl probably used her pocket for small treasures, a toy, or a handkerchief, while an adult woman might have chosen more utilitarian items and perhaps a few personal things. Most pockets were probably of a plain design, but a number of them were patterned, such as the one in this kit, which features a pattern of flowers, buds, and meandering vines adapted from a larger Early American pocket (1740-1770) in the collections of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. (Object # 1963-11)