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Sewing and Learning 2022


Part of Sewing and Learning 2022: Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Politics of Pocket Purses

Employed to compensate for restrictive fashions and to address a range of social and cultural needs, pockets and small bags are a microcosm of complex political, gender, and race history.

 In our Sewing and Learning Workshop, participants can learn to sew and decorate a replica of a reticule, a kind of pocket purse, while immersing in the fascinating history of these small but significant objects.

Related Library Items

Sewing and Learning 2022 #2, Sewing and Learning 2022 #3, Sewing and Learning 2022 #4


A sewing pattern for a nineteenth-century-style reticule and brief how-to instructions are available to download as PDFs. The reticule pattern was designed by Rebecca Bayreuther Donohue.