I've been wanting to make a medallion reticule, and while this sort of decoration seems to have been more popular on muffs,
|Silk muff cover, late 18th century, Museum of fine Arts Boston|
|Silk muff cover 1785-1810. Museum of fne Arts Boston|
I've come across at least two extant reticules of that style, and I think they are charming.
So when I found out that you can upload any image you want to spoonflower.com and they will print it on fabric and send you a sample for just $5, I figured I would give it a try.I thought the results would probably turn out way better than if I tried the whole print your own iron on transfer thing. So I ordered 2 samples one with empress Josephine and one with queen Luise of Prussia( She's my homegirl ! No really, she grew up in Darmstadt which is only 15 kilometer from the village I grew up in.)
|These are the samples as they arrived.|
My friend Erin had given me a small piece of mustard yellow twill silk that was perfect for th. is project.
I cut a simple rectangular shape then cut out one of the Josephine portraits in an oval shape and applied it and covered the raw edge with some mustard colored vintage trim.
|Why stop here if you can pimp it up with embroidery?!|
So I copied out Josephine's imperial monogram to put on my humble little reticule. And because you can't just have letters on there I surrounded them by a floral wreath. So my simple little reticule turned into a multi day embroidery project.
|And of course Amadeus the evil thinks its his toy!|
I think it turned out so pretty! As a finishing touch I added some neat vintage tassel that I got on a recent trip to Philadelphia. And voila. A colorful new reticule for moi! I love it! And I hope Josephine would have liked it too.
I actually find it very appropriate that the first thing I made for myself this year was the Josephine reticule. Because, I have declared 2014 to be my year of all things Josephine. It's the bicentennial of her death this year after all. And I've been busily reading books about her and just thinking of her a lot. I know I'm weird for thinking of some long dead French lady like I know her personally of something...
But anyway, for all my regency or should I rather call it empire costuming projects of 2014 I will ask myself WWJD? No, not what would Jesus do, but what would Josephine do! What Would she wear, what color would she pick and so on. Cause while Jesus is a great guy and all, he's not exactly known for his fashion sense.....