I really like one of the purses described in the book Tongeren, textiel..., Ceulemans 1988. Purse 23 is a small purse (8*10 cm) made of blue silk with embroidered golden leafs, dated roughly 13th-14th century.
After six or seven attempts, I think I finally managed to make a leaf that looks like the original, more or less. It took me 3 hours to finish the first leaf, so it's going to take some time before the purse is finished :-)
The technique used is called 'couched work'. You can find a description of it on the Historical Needlework Resources website.
If only things would go smoothly…
9 hours ago