18th century pocket

Hi and hello again, long time no see as usual ;) Now my summer holiday have started so I might be able to keep this place a bit more updated.
Lets start with the 18th century outfit I am making, all 18th century ladies need some pockets and so do I.

pocket - Satumetsä
A pocket required embroidery, or at least I think so and it is a great way for me to try it out, I have not really done it for ages. As I am currently in love with Klaus Haapaniemi and his Satumetsä design that can be found on dinnerware from Iittala I decided to make his design on my pocket. I have found deer featured on historical pockets, and forest, flowers and birds are also common objects on pockets from the 18th century so the step to making the deer blue was not that big.
The pocket will be on a bleached linen fabric that I also have for my petticoats, chemise and bum roll and I will embroider in a linen thread. The thread is actually made for weaving, but there was no problem using it to embroider with.

pocket - Satumetsä cup
pocket - Satumetsä cup2
pocket - sketch full
pocket - sketch
To make my design I looked at Klaus Haapaniemis Satumetsä and took the elements and drew them myself but rearranging things to fit onto a pocket. It was a bit hard to see at the pictures from the internet but at my birthday I got two of the cups and that helped a lot, especially with the second bird, the one in the tree.

pocket - embriodery
The it was just a matter of transferring to the fabric and start embroider it.

pocket - embriodery 2
pocket - embriodery detail
pocket - embriodery 3
I started with the trees, so that I would have gotten better when I started with the important things; the animals.

pocket - embriodery on the way
Things went really smoothly and it was a lot more fun that I initially thought, In the beginning it seemed like A LOT of embroidering to do. But I spent most of my time in front of movies, at lectures or travelling by embroidering it is an excellent way of making use of ones hands in places where it might be hard to do other creative things.

pocket - embriodery finished
pocket - embriodery finished detail
pocket - embriodery finished detail deer
pocket - embriodery finished detail sleeping deer
pocket - embriodery finished detail bird 2
And then, all of the sudden, I was done! And t felt so empty not having anything left to embroider.

pocket - embriodery finished detail bird
pocket - embriodery finished detail 2
I really like the 3D feeling of it.

Now all I need to do is to actually sew it into a pocket :P


6 thoughts on “18th century pocket

  1. This is beautiful! That’s a really lovely design you’ve created from the original ceramic one. It fits the pocket shape really well, and your embroidery’s great. Can we have another picture when you’ve made it up into the pocket? :-)

  2. That is amazingly beautiful work! Can’t wait to see the finished pocket… just beautiful :)

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