Voila! C’est Fini!
At last my first Victorian period inspired reticule purse adorned with silk ribbon work is finished!
I attempted this project ahead of the French Christmas Market at the Alliance Francaise de Brisbane thinking I might have something new and novel to showcase for the Christmas shoppers.
Alas, it took longer than I anticipated. These things always do!
This reticule is made of tea dyed silk velvet laid over with cotton Guipure lace trim and features a silk drawstring opening with a satin ribbon tie.
The handle is made of French satin ribbon with matching bows attached along its length. At their base is a large silk rose bud with stamens peeking through the unfolding petals.
The Guipure lace that adorns this reticule is embellished with a mix of hand turned silk roses, petite rose buds and bows and Swarovski pearl beads.
French paillettes adorn the scalloped design of the lace meeting tiny rosettes with dainty droplets of bugle and seed beads.
An olive silk velvet bow sits in between puffs of silk bouillonnes laced with petite rosettes and leaf trim.
Bouillonne is the French term for bubbles. Bouillonnes were popular in Victorian period furnishings, curtains and fashion, as shown in this beautiful demi toilette illustration.
So there you have it! My first ribbon work reticule purse.
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