"Restoring and Collecting Antique Beaded Purses is
Evelyn's fourth book on antique purses [actually her 3rd
book] and is the "to die for" book many collectors will
desire. It is a must have magnificent book, loaded with tips
and techniques for restoring antique bags and creating new
ones. You will find the inside scoop on purse linings and
frames with illustrations and photographs as guides.
Specific bag types are discussed along with how they were
put together and finishing the fringe. Lavish color plates
of antique bags fill page after page and are a delight to
"Evelyn's love of purses and their history flows through her
words and is evident in this massive compilation of research
and information. Whether you are a purse collector, purse
designer or just love to see lovely bags and learn all about
them, this is the book for you. I highly recommend Restoring and Collecting Antique Beaded Purses as a
valuable asset to your library and a joy to read."
the entire article here.
Mary Gottschalk, Fashion
Editor, San Jose Mercury Newspaper:
"Restoring & Collecting Antique Beaded Purses is
a treasure on every level... a gift from the heart for
future generations. It is that and much more."
Publisher & Author:
"Carrying on her tradition of deep research, fanaticism for
detail, insistence on accuracy, and a deep desire to spread
the word, Evelyn Haertig has produced another masterpiece.
If you love beadwork, are a purse collector, history buff or
just want a very special coffee table book, this volume
should be part of your library."
Lydia Borin, bead expert and
"I highly recommend Restoring and Collecting Antique
Beaded Purses as a valuable asset to your library. It is
a joy to read.
Sharon, purse collector from
Penn Valley, CA:
"Thank you so much for your 'work of art'. What a legacy of
I was 'drooling' at some of those purses. I guess I still
have a deep love for that part of our 'women's history'
there was so much beauty there."
Judith A. Hunt, of
Old Purse on Ruby
"If you own a beaded
purse collection or even have just one antique beaded bag
that is less than perfect, you MUST have this book. Well
known authority on antique beaded purses, Evelyn Haertig has
authored the most information packed book on restoration
techniques I have ever seen. While the book is very
detailed, it is still easy to read and a feast for the eyes.
After reading this book I was able to do my own repairs.
Restoration techniques are discussed in depth all the way
from the necessary tools to the frames and lining. Speaking
of frames, this book has the most glorious frames pictured.
Even if it is not your desire to repair your own purses,
this book will help you to understand how your purses were
constructed by women so long ago and how much time and
effort were put in to this lost art. It will also help you
to understand what your restorationist does and what a
reasonable price for restoration is. I highly recommend this
book for anyone with a purse collection or a passion for
Jane Erskine, Editor of
Research Book News,
"This carefully prepared definitive reference follows the
author's Antique Combs & Purses and More
Beautiful Purses. She discusses in thorough detail the
evolution of the beaded purse, restoration tools and
techniques, the beads, restoring body damage, the importance
of frames and linings, and evaluating and collecting
patterns. The text illustrated by 193 good sized color
plates (most at least a showcasing a wide variety of purses,
delightful in their artistry... with commentary on their
construction and value)
Carol Perrenoud and Virginia
Blakelock, Bead authorities and
"This is definitely the best book in print on restoration.
The instructions are concise, orderly and to the point, with
lots of helpful hints."
Sharon L, Penn Valley, CA :
"Thank you so much for your 'work of art'. What a Legacy of pictorial beauty. I was 'drooling' at some of those purses. I guess I still have a deep love for that part of our 'women's history.' There was so much beauty there.'
Ralph and Terry
"Evelyn Haertig, an expert on beaded purses, provides tips
on restoring purses, which tools to use to repair beading,
linings, fringes and how to frame. This book proves once
again that she is a thorough researcher and loves her
subject. The chapters on restoration techniques are
Kathie Weston, purse
Working for many years with Evelyn Haertig helping her
restore her collection of antique beaded purses was an
education in the history of these great purses and gave me a
great appreciation of their workmanship. Evelyn's passion
for the beautiful purses and restoring them led me to be
forever grateful that I had the opportunity to work with
Her last book, Restoring and Collecting Antique
Beaded Purses, is a final gift to anyone, a beginner or
seasoned collector will appreciate the knowledge she passes
on to us in this 3rd book. She begins with the evolution of
the beaded purse, if read carefully you will appreciate the
little pieces of knowledge she shares. The colored photos
enable the readers to picture the meaning behind her text.
Her love of beads was obvious when I worked with her to find
the perfect size, and color to fit into a missing spot to
complete a repair which finished the purse with great
satisfaction. Her information shared on the threads to use
and the construction of the body of the purses is a great
benefit to anyone attempting this feat. The information she
shares in the mastering of a perfect fringe will enable
anyone to do an excellent finish, so important for the
completing of a purse restoration.
Her chapter on frames and linings speaks for itself in
the self evidence of a respect for the manufacturing of the
frames and the artful expertise in fitting them with the
beaded purse. The choice of lining was always a most
important step in the finishing touches.
The final chapter certainly not the least leaves the
reader satisfaction in a wonderful display of some of the
most exquisite scenic and figurine beaded purses with her
explicative of each beautiful purse for any reader to enjoy.
Adding this book to your library will effectuate your
informative books collection.