• Display Ideas for Your Beaded Purse Treasures
When I lecture on the subject of purses, I am often asked about displaying
them. Invariably I am asked ifI recommend framing a purse on the wall.
I do not recommend this method of display. Sealing a purse into a frame
also traps the air inside, which can become stale....leading to the demise
of the textile fiber onto which the beads have been threaded. After
all, beaded purses are essentially a textile item. Master purse knitters
used linen thread for the earlier versions, (up to the 1930’s), and linen
is one of the most long-lived fibers, however, as with all textiles, they
do have a life, and there is no sense in shortening it. It is best
to hang the purse so that air can circulate around them. If you feel
the need to protect the purse behind glass, because it is a family heirloom,
for instance, I suggest you use a vitrine table or frame with a hinged door,
so that the air can be exchanged and freshened on a regular basis.
I recommend hanging purses from a pretty hook, or one of the lovely vintage
curtain tie-backs that were used in the 1920’s and 30’s. These are
basically huge push pins made of metal or celluloid and they are attractive.
To use them, pound a nail into the wall, remove it and place the curtain
tieback/push pin into the wall, so you don’t have to use a hammer on it.
Your purse will look lovely hanging from these, which come in so many different
patterns. Find them in antique shops and flea markets.
For another great technique, I recommend using a cluster of small flowers
or one large silk blossom attached with wire to the nail from which you hang
your purse’s chain. See photo. You can find a similar flower
that is in your floral purse, giving it a 3-D impact of the blossom leaping
from the purse!
From a scenic design purse, you can use something from the scene, like
a scene postcard from Venice for your Venice scene purse, or perhaps a little
trinket, like a piece of jewelry....vintage pins work well for this.
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Your purse may need a little dusting from time to time, but you will
enjoy it every day when it is hung like the artwork it truly is on your
wall. Why store it in acid-free tissue in a box, or in a drawer where
it doesn’t get enjoyed? It should be admired and loved each day....
For drawstring purses, you can also stuff them with tissue and place them
on a table, as if a lady is still using it, and just left it there momentarily....alongside
it, place other pretty items, like a compact, pretty photo frame, perfume
Beaded purses make a strong and wonderful visual statement when mixed
with other objects in a vignette on the wall....such as a pretty hook holding
a hat, or a Victorian bodice stuffed with tissue and hung on a hanger from
a hook...a portrait of a pretty lady or family member, a floral lithograph
(such as done by Paul deLongpre)....a Victorian scene print, photographs,
or other beaded or antique textiles. And don’t forget the pretty
postcards from the past...which are easily and inexpensively used to enhance
Enjoy your purse as the art object it really is!!!!
I do not recommend hanging purses in the bathroom where steam from showers
can pervade the fibers and soften them. Or in the kitchen, where greasy
air can accumulate residue on the purse....but in every other room of the
house, entry way, stairway or hall, beaded purses can be the focal point
of any collection of various objects, or, for the “awe factor”, place a whole
wall full of purses together and watch people’s responses!