More kits, more fun for the Smocking Arts Guild of America National Convention in October! My Purse Reticule Kits are loaded with goodies and take quite some time to gather and kit up. But I LOVE playing with all the colors. But first, the word "reticule"..what the heck is it? A reticule was a small drawstring bag carried as a purse by a woman in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is also used as a synonym for any kind of purse or handbag carried by a woman. Nowadays, reticule mostly means some sort of bag that has assorted sewing and embroidery implements stored inside.