Workbag

WEDNESDAY’S WORD – WORKBAG: Much like modern day knitting bags or totes, 18th century women carried their knitting and sewing supplies in “workbags.”  They were used while traveling as well as in the home. Crewel wool embroidery using one color was fashionable from about 1650 to 1700. Unlike multicolor embroidered textiles, single-colored designs were outlined and filled in with veining or dots instead of shading.  This example (courtesy Colonial Williamsburg) is English.  However, Americans embroidered in this style.  In 1687, Samuel Sewall of Boston ordered fustian (a cotton and linen textile similar to this workbag) and green wool for an embroidery project for his daughters. Information: Historic Colonial Williamsburg.

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