Sku : 429537

The Mary Alsop Pocketbook Kit

Winterthur Exclusive Product!

Over the course of approximately 60 years, Mary Wright Alsop crafted a distinct collection of needlework pieces during the 18th and 19th centuries. Daughter of a wealthy farmer, Mary went to school in upscale Newport, Rhode Island, where she learned the skill. Some of her surviving pieces include chair covers, canvas work pictures, pocketbooks, and needle cases.

This kit is adapted from Mary Alsop's original Queen Stitch pocketbook from 1774, which is now part of the Winterthur collection.

H. F. du Pont loved textiles for their colors, patterns, and textures. From quilts to gowns, samplers to bed hangings, Winterthur’s collection includes some of the finest textiles made or used in America. Since du Pont’s death in 1969, the collection has continued to grow, and now includes about 20,000 objects.

• Made in the USA.

• Kit includes: Needles, inner lining, woolen fabric, 32-count linen, silk floss, glazed cotton lining (in Dusty Rose), complete diagrams and instructions.

• Each kit is made by hand, please allow 4-6 weeks for shipping.

• Dimensions: Package is 9.25" L x 11.75". Finished product is 3.5" L x 5.75"W.

Each kit is made by hand, please allow 4-6 weeks for shipping.
In the 20th century, Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) amassed at Winterthur a collection of more than 700 pieces of American needlework dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries. His devotion to acquiring the best and most representative examples has made it possible for those interested in needlework to study and enjoy a unique archive of antique embroidery as well as to understand more about the individuals who produced the work. In the past, young girls were expected to develop basic needlework skills at an early age in order to meet the demands of household sewing in adulthood. A few were fortunate enough to be sent to school to learn decorative needlework, and it is principally this work that captivates today’s needleworkers.

An especially charming example is a pocketbook made by Mary Wright Alsop in Middletown, Connecticut, in 1774. Using polychrome silk thread on linen, Mary worked primarily in the Queen’s stitch with highlights rendered in tent and cross stitches. The overall geometric design consists of varied-sized diamonds, some enclosing abstract floral forms. A horizontal strip under the flap reads “Mary+Alsop 1774,” and the interior of the pocketbook is lined with white silk with pink and blue stripes.

May We Also Recommend: