Vintage Pink Purse-Bead Knitting

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A project can start and end differnet ways. You may purchase a kit with all the elements included or you can decide to start with a book pattern and collect everything you need before you start. By far a kit is the easiest way to begin; ensuring you have all you need.

In the past, I have started the body of a purse and then needed to search for the frame. Searching for the right size and style was frustrating. I could not finish until I had it in hand.

This time I searched and chose this vintage frame before starting the purse.  Obviously this is easier because you can pick the materials that match the frame and work from there.

The pictured frame has clear and pink beads around the outside edges along with three rows of clear rhinestones set in the center.  There  are tiny gold beads threaded between the rhinestones. A purse frame that had a previous life and  a different body. I sometimes wonder what it looked like before, when it was made and how long was it in use.

959bb857-812b-4625-aa90-fb92fcadacf1The new body sytle is call The Boulevard, Model No. 418 from “A Book of New Bead Work,” Designs and Adaptations by Emma Post Barbour, Copyright 1924. National Trading Company, Chicago and I am happy to be able to unite them both.

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How Exciting

IMG_2406I am so pleased to finally show this finished project. Almost a year ago I started the The Fleur-De-Lis. It is a pattern from “A Book of New Bead Work,” with designs and adaptations by Emma Post Barbour, Copyright 1924. National Trading Co., Chicago.

It has been nearly finished for a few months but I have not been able to find a purse frame to match the same width needed.

The original design stopped at the top of the flour-de-lis. The top stars and double rows of beads were added for the frame depth.

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This purse makes a great dinner purse or special occasion purse. I plan on using it this holiday season. The finished size is 7.5  x  11 inches and plenty of room for the items you will need for a night out.

I love the effect of these gold beads. The view straight-on gives an opaque appearance, but turn it side-ways, and the beads turn bold and strong against the dark fabric.

I am still debating whether or not to put a liner inside. I do like having a couple of pockets to hold my phone and glasses for easy access, but the crochet thread created a very tight fabric, the liner is really not needed.

 

I could see another version of this in black with silver beads.