Over the centuries, fine needlework, both homemade and professionally produced, has been very popular. With the dawn of the 19th century, the petit point technique using tent stitches began trending. Vienna and Paris in particular were the centers of professional petit point embroidery.
Another form of needlework is lace making. Lace purses were made designed for brides and for girls making their first Communions, but lace was also used to create evening purses. Due to the delicacy of lace, not many of these purses are preserved.