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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Carey Company; 1st Edition edition (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952322579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952322573
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1 x 27.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jacqui Carey has been meticulously analysing English textiles that have survived from the late-sixteenth to early-seventeenth century. The object-based research revealed a range of 'lost' needlework stitches, and this book aims to re-establish an understanding of these stitches by looking specifically at sweet bags. These highly decorative little purses provide the focal point for looking at the context, structure and potential methods of some needlework dating from the Elizabethan, Jacobean and later Stuart periods. Beautifully illustrated, with full references, this book will be a welcome addition to both the textile historian and the practical craftsperson.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eco Chica TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 April 2012
Format: Paperback
If you are interested in historical stitches and the Elizabethan period, you simply have to have this book.
The discoveries this lady has made are honestly eye-popping!
Large clear diagrams, countless amazing macro images and very comprehensive written instructions.
Her greatest contribution is her ability to cut through the complexity of various interlaced threads to de-code the underlying technique.
I look forward very much to more books on the subject by this author.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nicola on 25 July 2011
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This is the very best book on historic needlework ever. The author shows a multitude of extant examples, describes the history and uses in a well researched and readable way, and then goes on to detail (including providing demonstrations of all stitches of the time - which are different from modern stitch equivalents) the construction of her own sweetbag. This book is truely stunning. Whether you are looking for a great project or are in the SCA (or other re-enactment group), this book is the first and last word on Elizabethan Sweet Bags.
Buy it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Frey on 6 Nov. 2010
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I love all of Jacqui Carey books, I have most of them, but Sweet Bags gives an insight into embroidery history. My daughter attended graduate school in London which gave me an insight into wonderful textiles, needlework, embroidery and early fashion and sewing technique at your wonderful museums. In the USA, this book was hard for me to find, Amazon uk found it for me. Thank you, Joanne Frey
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By Mrs Denise King on 12 Feb. 2015
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I love historical Needlework books.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
"Sweet Bags" is a Sweet Gem 11 Oct. 2010
By Jon N. Austin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Awesome book 27 Aug. 2010
By Julie Tamura - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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>.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
sweet bags 6 July 2012
By stitchingkitten - Published on Amazon.com
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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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five stars 16 Aug. 2013
By Mary Montgomery - Published on Amazon.com
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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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