The Edinburgh Reticule is a shield-shaped stitching bag similar to one in the collection at The Palace of Holyroodhouse, former home of Mary Queen of Scots. It consists of four exterior panels, two of linen and two of silk Dupioni, and is lined in the same silk. It has a bead-and-loop closure and a cord handle. Tucked inside are two "smalls" -- a needle book and a scissor fob. The needle book is embellished with silk ribbon and contains wool felt needle pages. The fob rests on a cord embellished with a tassel. The linen panels of the reticule are approximately 4" x 5".
The motifs stitched on the reticule and smalls were inspired by embroidered Scottish Regimental Guidons from Edinburgh Castle and by the embroidery of Mary Stewart. Motifs include Tudor roses, shamrocks, thistles, vines, leaves and crowns. Stitches include cross, tent, satin, back stitch, double running, lazy daisy, Rhodes, eyelet and French knot. One of the "smalls" will be prestitched and constructed in class.
The reticule is stitched on 32-count platinum Belfast® linen with DMC® pearl cotton and Gloriana over-dyed silk flosses. The color palette is green, lavender, sage, rose, red, gold and white. The kit includes all supplies needed to complete the design.