Over the next week I shall be making myself a Hussif.
Sewn with 100 year old lace, the vintage style prettiness of Tilda prints, and a few magical skeins of pink, blue and green Cosmo floss - I'm in a quiet state of pleasant delight...
You might be asking "what is a Hussif?"...
Originally called a 'Housewife' (not the you or I kind of housewife) it held various sewing notions. Today we know this as a sewing caddy or sewing companion - but in the Regency era of 1749 it was also known as a 'huswif' or 'hussive'.
Eventually the name Hussif became the common term and is thought to have been a contraction of 'housewife' spoken in Lancaster shire dialect.
Every household and every sailor had their own Hussif.
Some were simply made from scrap fabric or linen, others were quite ornate with brocade, lace, and embroidery.
Hussifs were usually 18-24 inches long with a rounded end and a square end, and folded into three sections, so this is how I shall be making mine...
I have four stitcheries scattered through this Hussif and they will all be inside the July Stitchery Club patterns - but I did think it would be interesting to share a three-day tutorial on the blog in July so that anyone who wants to follow along can assemble their own Hussif?
You could use my embroideries for your Hussif if you're a member of the Stitchery Club (you can join here) or choose some you already have.
I may even make a second Hussif using vintage doilies that are damaged by cutting away the usable embroidered sections...mmm...I'll see how my time flows.
Shall keep you updated on my progress throughout the week.
I pray that Monday surprises you with more goodness than you can hold in your heart, and that you shall also be the bearer of much goodness to others. xx