"The entire purse is netted of fine silk twist. It is commenced with one stitch, and is continued round after round, with an increase of stitches at the four corners. The design in gold, the red and blue, to be worked with a needle. The trimming is made at the same time with the purse; it is detached, in order to show more distinctly the place where it should hang down."
"The string must pass through two meshes of the net, and in order to give it a Chinese style, a little ball may be added at each opening. Some purses have three rows of trimming, ornamented with little balls, two being made separately from the purse. Although these might give it a pretty effect, it would prove inconvenient, by catching in the dress, &c."
"The white squares (see body of purse) are to be worked in gold; the cross-barred squares in red; the squares, with the dot in the center, in blue."
[Peterson's Magazine, Dec. 1858, page 438]