Skull print coin purses

Kiss-clasp coin purse and skull-print coin purse

Kiss-clasp coin purse and skull-print coin purse

Each year for the holidays I host a little craft get-together, and this year, while it was super small (it’s always so hard to find a date that works for everyone… Note to self – next year do it in October!) it was still fun and we made some cute things. I ended up making things for myself instead (since I had already bought most of my gifts to give) which included two small skull-print coin purses, very much like the sushi-print ones I posted about earlier.

The large black (with white skull-and-crossbones) coin purse has a kiss-clasp, plus a little ring for coins or to clip the coin purse to another purse. The larger purse is lined with the same fabric as the smaller purse. The smaller black and white skull print purse is self-lined, and has a snap closure.

I used the sushi-print coin purses to divide up currency during my trip to Iceland and Finland, and totally knew I could use a few more!

Arts & Science championship regalia

Rose appliqué on the bag I made

Rose appliqué on the bag I made

In January I’ll be stepping down as Montengarde’s (The SCA Barony where I live) Arts & Science champion (the Emerald Rose) for the year, and holding a competition to find my replacement. When I won, I received a number of cool items to use for the year  – regalia for the title. I’ve been told that it’s a tradition that each champion adds something to the regalia, so I wanted to make something that I’d be missing when I started, and I thought would make a good addition to the collection.

I decided to make a small purse to add to the regalia.

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Norse purse

Finished black leather Norse-style purse with a pen for scale

Finished black leather Norse-style purse with a pen for scale

While for my female clothing, I don’t wear a leather belt with a buckle; for the male garb I’m making I will…which means I can have it actually support stuff – like a purse.

Reproduction photo found from Pinterest for inspiration

With that in mind, I made up a purse for carrying some of my stuff when I do opt to wear the male garb.

Although black leather is incorrect, it was what I had on hand for this first version, and I wasn’t up for going out to buy more leather for a first round.  Plus, I’ve opted for black a few other times just because I like it, so I’m ok with the colour of the leather (and how it was treated…etc..).

The main body of the purse is embossed leather from Tandy, while the trim is either sheep or goat, garment-weight leather (super soft and thin; it’s lovely stuff). The purse is lined in purple linen, and I’ve embroidered a red L on the inside just in case it ever gets mixed up with someone else’s.  Parts of the purse are re-enforced with glued-on canvas – in areas where I wanted more structure, weight, or to support the function (like the buckle area)

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A&S documentation for my ‘lute-shaped’ purse

My finished purse (pouch side)

My finished purse (pouch side)

A while back I posted my ‘purse shaped like a lute’ inspired by several examples from the 16th century. I decided to enter my barony’s A&S competition in April, and decided to enter the purse as one of my two items.

I wanted to share the documentation here, in case anyone else is interested in some of the period examples and information I learned about this kind of purse – plus some of my questions; if there’s anyone out there who can answer some of them, please leave a comment below!

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Wool haversack

Completed bag

Completed bag

Although I want to make purses/pouches to go with my costumes that at least sort of attempt to fit the costume time/place as well, I realize that I need a larger purse to put my things in for events – something instead of carrying my Betsey Johnson purse to costume events.

I took a look at the frequently-seen ‘haversack’ or ‘pilgrim’s bag’ and decided to make one up fairly quickly.

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