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Sweet Bags Paperback – March 1, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Carey Company (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952322579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952322573
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book not only discusses sweet bags from around Elizabethan times but it has good instructions and drawings that allow you to recreate your own authentic-looking replica. The bag on the cover is Ms. Carey's replica.

She covers the fingerlooped purse strings, the decorative loops on the top edges, the weaving technique for the top edge and how to make the drawstring knobs. There's a great deal of ground covered here. The only thing I would have liked to see is a line drawing for the replica bag so I could get started on my own <G>.
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"Sweet Bags" is well researched and written, excellent book for anyone wishing to learn more about these small works of art and how to construct one of their own.
Seller was prompt, courteous, and the book arrived three weeks ahead of the projected delivery date and in perfect condition. I would not hesitate to order from them again.
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One of the experts in the field, covering a niche interest clearly and in depth. Highly recommended if this is your niche!
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I discovered "Sweet Bags" while searching for another title by Jacqui Carey; she's the unquestioned authority on Japanese braiding also known as Kumihimo. First, this book isn't out of print; it's available directly from Jacqui through her website, and she and her husband actually handle fulfillment from the United Kingdom. The cost delivered was $63.73 for the book and shipping, but for the serious student, it is worth the investment as an addition to a library of period references. As a museum professional with an interest in the history of costume, this is a must-read for those interested in 16th and 17th century Elizabethan textiles. I ordered the book, expecting to settle for a craft reference book, but what I received was a serious, scholarly study of a unique item from the period. Ms. Carey examines in great detail thirty-five examples that she selected from British museum collections to illustrate various points. The first half of the book's 139 pages investigates the history, speculates on the use, and reveals the construction of these items. The second half of the book, examines and anylizes the specific stitches used to create the needlework and braiding. The color macro photos are stunning, and the stitch diagrams are clear and easy to follow. While a previous reviewer commented that she was disappointed by the lack of a pattern to produce the reproduction item pictured on the cover; this isn't so much of a concern for me. I believe that with a bit of effort and creativity, a pattern can be drafted with little difficulty. The book includes an extensive bibilography, which cites many standard reference works to Elizabethan textiles. For those who seek material on Elizabethan textile, I strongly recommend the book.
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