Trevelyon’s Miniature Pocket Course 2020

Announcing Trevelyon’s Miniature Pocket Course

May 1, 2020 – December 1, 2020

In the 17th century gentlemen carried currency, important papers, perhaps even secret love notes in a pocket or pocketbook. Such pockets were rectangular and flat. A gentleman’s pocket could be hidden in a deep coat pocket where it was safe from being lost or stolen. When a highly decorated pocket was pulled out amongst company, the embroidery would immediately demonstrate that this man was someone of wealth and refined taste. These pockets were valued by their owners and often mentioned in wills, inventories, and diaries. Museums all over the world have pockets as part of their collections. They are beautiful reminders of an elegant past.

The miniature replica we will be embroidering is only 5 inches wide and 2 ½ inches tall.

The design for our miniature pocket is taken from the 1609 Miscellany of Thomas Trevelyon. It is made of white silk. The embroidery is worked in Au ver a Soie – Soie d’Alger silk, gold check and gold passing thread. 

The course lasts for eight months. Each month we will focus on one element of the design. Lessons are delivered via PDF with ample photographs to help you understand how to create each motif using the stitches and techniques I used to create my original pocket. There is a Facebook page expressly for students enrolled in the “Trevelyon’s Pocket” course and I am always just an email away if you have questions or need additional help.

I will include both Au ver a Soie numbers and DMC numbers in the supply list. This is so students who may wish to create the cap on linen fabric with cotton thread have a list of supplies as well as those who choose to work in silk. The gold threads do not have an alternative choice. ** Please note, there is no kit offered for this course**

The fee for the 8 month course is $80.00 US

You may choose to pay for the course in full or you may pay in 8 monthly instalments of $10 each month. Your first payment of $10 is due upon signing up for the course, due by April 15, 2020. You will receive a bill for $10 on the first of the month from May 1, 2020 through November 1, 2020. Please note late or missed payments will result in cancelation of the course.

When you are finished with your payment, please click the button at the bottom of the PayPal page that says “Return to Merchant”. You will be taken to the Welcome letter and a link to the supply list for the course.


Trevelyon’s Pocket Course