Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
77 Forest Street
Hartford, CT 06105
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.
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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.