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January 29, 2011

Reticules and shawls...

My mother has a few rather old magazines. She crochets doilies and bedspreads, table runners, even a large canopy for her four poster bed (which I STILL want...)

When she watched me sew some reticules, we talked about crocheted drawstring purses, sewing in contrasting liner. She's excited to get to crocheting again!

Speaking of reticules, here's the end result from my project with my daughter.

The pattern we decided to go with.

The lining material. It's a darker pink than the photo shows, but not by much.

Brat's fabric - scraps of what we had left over from making her skirt.

The material for my reticule (We ended up making four with this material!)

The first two are from the scrap fabric we had left after making her skirt. Now she has a matching reticule. Actually, she has two using the same fabric. Inside, the liner is pink to match the pink bows on the skulls.

This is my reticule. We ran out of the pink so Dad found some scrap material he had, so the lining is a dark purple color. I ended up making three in this shape, using this material, and an oblong square-ish shaped bag for Mom to store her makeup in.

Shawls - I am in search of the perfect shawl. I'll probably end up making them as well, but that's not a problem. Maybe I can get Mom to crochet me one. LOL. I have to post these measurements though, so I'll have them on hand. These are typical measurements for shawls between Regency and Victorian times.

Square shawls should be in the range of 55 inches to 70 inches square with 64 inches square being standard. 

Long shawls are double squares, sometimes called plaids, which should be 55 inches wide by 110 inches long to 70 inches wide by 140 inches long with 64 inches wide by 128 inches long being the most common. 

Three-quarter shawls are 3/4ths the width and 3/4ths length of a standard double square shawl. A three-quarter shawl would be 48 inches wide by 96 inches long. 

I love this shawl...

OH! OHohohoh!!! Look at this! Isn't this to die for?!? I would LOVE to have a parasol like this...maybe a contrasting fabric underneath in silk or satin...

Anyway, as I said earlier...I may make mine. Probably a flannel material as it's light and easy to sew, fringes easily. If I can find a flannel material I like.

I've also read where someone took a velour throw and cut it down to a shawl size. That might be interesting. I'll check out WalMart's cheap blankets to see what it feels like. Maybe sometime this week I'll go and look.


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