Home Needlework Filet Crochet Book
Edited by Mira L. Huston
Published by HNN Publishing Co
The original handbag calls for No. 150 crochet thread (modern 80 wt tatting thread) and No. 14 steel hook. The chart is 73 rows (including ribbon space) x 48 meshes width. There is no shaping; it’s a straight rectangle. It includes floral decoration in the upper section, not shown here. The original pattern is available online at Antique Pattern Library.
For this project, I used size 20 thread and 8-10 steel hooks to create a child-size purse, so I imagine the original must have been a coin purse or chatelaine piece. Utilizing only 49 rows height x 98 meshes wide; working in the round, adding 1 mesh per side to create just the dragon motif of the original pattern on both sides. Shaping was achieved by starting with a #8 hook for 3 rows, then #9 for 3 rows and #10 for remainder. The finished bag measures 6 1/2″ across bottom 5 1/2″ across top and 6″ length.
The purse is lined with a solid ecru silky fabric, trimmed in lace ribbon that was tea-stained to match. The strap measures 14″ length by 6 cm wide. It’s a single row of open mesh filet with 4-strand size 5 padding cord. Once the liner is made, it’s sewn into the opening rim of the purse. Later, I added a sew-on snap clasp.