1920s Flapper bag element
This beaded 1920s purse front was never used and would make a lovely gift for a crafter who loves the Art Deco period. It could be made into a bag by adding a backing fabric, lining and a purse clasp.
The piece measures 8" tall by 8" wide at the bottom and tapering to 5 3/4" wide at the top.
The base fabric is black tulle and the beadwork has been applied using 'point de Luneville.' This method is worked with the tulle stretched on a frame. The beads are applied with a hook and are secured in place with a chain stitch on the reverse of the fabric. The design is marked on the back of the fabric and the beads are applied on the underside. It is a very skillful job, still employed today by houses like Lesage in Paris.
This piece is in perfect condition. It has a seam allowance on three sides the bottom edge requires slip stitching through the beaded edge, so there is no seam allowance necessary here.
The colours are very evocative of the 1920s. The diamond shapes are all picked out in gold metal chain stitch embroidery. Such a lot of work has gone into this little work of art. It could be framed and enjoyed as decor in a 1920s themed room.