American Artisan Pam Gill and Her 18th Century Style Sewing Pockets


I have always admired beautiful needlework in the 18th century style, sildenafil crewelwork is one of my favorites. When I saw Pam Gill’s beautiful work I asked her if she would like to be one of the talented artisans featured in my American Artisan Store. To my delight, she accepted! Pam makes so many lovely things, but one of my favorites are her 18th century style sewing pockets. If you are not familiar with sewing pockets, I’d like to tell you a little about them. In the early 18th century, woman very often wore these hand made pockets tied around their wastes with string. The photo below shows several early sewing pockets. The one in the upper right hand corner is very similar, and was the inspiration for the sewing pockets Pam has made for the artisan store.


Most women made a pair and wore two at a time. They placed them under their skirt and over their petticoat. Slits in the side seams of the woman’s skirt would provide easy access to them. They were used to hold their sewing and knitting needs. Many were plain in their style, but a good bit of them were elaborately embroidered. Mother’s often taught their daughters how to sew, and the sewing pocket was a good project to teach their daughters the valued skill of sewing, and of course the little girls loved wearing a sewing pocket just like their mother.



Remember the nursery rhyme, “Lucy Locket lost her pocket”? That rhyme was most likely referring to a sewing pocket. In fact in Lucy’s day, misplacing a pocket was not at all unlikely, because it wasn’t until around the 1840′s that pockets were actually sewn into women’s clothing. This gorgeous reproduction of an 18th century pocket is one of the pockets Pam has made for my American Artisan Store. The inspiration for it came from the early one that is shown in the Time Life American Country series entitled The Needle Arts. These pockets are so lovely, and are made of 100% linen, and sewn with wool yarns. They have been aged and worn to give them that nice early look we all love. Pam has also made one in a child’s size, sewn in the same meticulous way. The colors of the yarns are more subdued then the pictures show.

Now, I saved the best for last! This amazing ladies pocketbook, completely done in the Queen’s stitch, with two pockets and lined in a salmon colored fabric. If you are a serious collector and love the idea of owning a one of a kind piece, this one is for you.


This gorgeous, reproduction pocketbook, took Pam almost 8 months to create! The original can be seen in The Needle Arts book by Time Life’s American Country series on page 26.


The Queens stitch is extremely hard to do, and woman only used it to make small pieces in the 18th century. Pam has given me the honor of selling it in my artisan store, so if you love one of a kind pieces, you will love this! It’s truly a family heirloom. Pam has done a beautiful job with her crewelwork and hand sewn linen pockets, and pocketbook. She is a true American artisan in her medium, and I am thrilled to have her and her beautiful work available in my American Artisan Store. Welcome, Pam!

Happy day

2 Responses to “American Artisan Pam Gill and Her 18th Century Style Sewing Pockets”

  1. Carole Says:

    Her work is absolutely wonderful. Glad she is in your store.

  2. christe' Says:

    Such beautiful things and beautifully made things.
    Just wonderful.

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