Elizabethan Sweet Bag
Aug 07

Elizabethan Sweet Bag

by Embroiderers Guild of Western Australia
Registrations Closed
Start Date
07-Aug-2024 9:30 am
End Date
08-Aug-2024 3:30 pm
(UTC+08:00) Australia/Perth

Registrations Are Closed

Elizabethan Sweet Bag

Cost:  Member $140.00

Non-Member $280.00


Sweet or Swete bag is a small bag or purse produced during the Elizabethan period and often given as gifts or used as a container for gifts, such as gold coins or fragrant substances. 

Sweet bags are some of the best known examples of Elizabethan embroidery which have survived to the present day, this being due to the large number produced and the beauty of the items.

Designs were inspired by pattern books and reflect their love of nature, plants, flowers, birds and insects.

This project will explore the use of Elizabethan design and stitches to reproduce an Elizabethan Sweet bag.  The piece can be framed as a panel or made up into a bag.  

The design is repeated on the back of the bag.

KIT COST- $100.00

Kit contains pattern with detailed instructions,

Colour photo,

55 count Kingston linen printed with design and prepared with backing,

Gumnut Yarn silks (I will have a selection of colours for you to choose from),

Gold couching 371,

Gold metallic thread, beads and pailettes. 

Kit will also contain one of each of the needles required to work the project.



10 x 13 inch frame (I suggest an Edmunds stretcher bar frame with tacks or frame to hold fabric firmly.  Linen size is 11 x 14 inches & design size is 6 x 11 inches)

4 inch hoop for working samples (you will only be working on sample on the first day)


30cm ruler

White or cream machine cotton

Roll of magic sticky tape

Magnification or light if you require as the work is fine.


Registrations open 21st February 2024

Dates: Wednesday and Thursday 7th/8th August 2024

Time: 9.30am to 3.30pm
Tutor: Maree Talbot
Skill Level:  Some previous embroidery experience.

Class Fees:

EGWA Member - $140.00

Non-Member - $280.00

Membership attracts a 50% discount on all workshops (join here and save!)


Kit Cost: $100.00

(Please place payment for the kit in an envelope with your name and give it to the tutor directly on the first day of the workshop)


Registrations will open on  at 9:00am & close  at 11:00pm.


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Event Location
Guild House
565 Canning Highway
Alfred Cove WA
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