Sweet Bags
Sweet Bags

Elizabethan Stitches: A Guide to HIstoric English Needlework

Following are links to small embroidered square purses from the 16th and 17th centuries, known as “sweet bags,” in museum collections. I've also included some descriptions of sweet bags from contemporary sources.

For more styles of purses from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, visit the purses & pouches linkspage.


Thanks to Genevieve d’Aquitaine for the suggestions for additional purses for this page!