14th Century Style German Embroidered Bag

Months ago I saw this online and thought, “I can do that!”  Why not, it looks like a cool project.  And I started searching and found all kinds of amazing blogs and tutorials and even an entire site devoted to this type of needlework project.

So I decided that I would see what I could come up with and started doodling with colored pencils to get a simple geometrical design that I could turn into a small trinket bag.  What I ended up with was this:

Hours and hours of hand embroidery went into this bag.  Enough that I began to question my sanity.  But that’s ok.  We all knew I was a little crazy to begin with.  I started with linen aida cloth and some embroidery floss and stitched every inch of the material using the brick stitch method in the tutorial I linked to above.

I lined the bag in green satin and hand sewed the eyelets for the drawstring.  The purse is small: only about 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

I wove the cords using a kumihimo disk.  Yes, I know that 14th century Germans didn’t use kumihimo disks but right now that is the method I know for weaving cord and I think it turned out rather well.  Then I created tassels and attached them.  I’ve never actually made tassels before but I found this great tutorial here.

So that’s it.  It isn’t too bad for a first try.  One of these days I’ll get up the nerve to try again and see if I can come up with another one.