It's made and the soft smile on my face shows no sign of diminishing in the near future.
This was a peaceful, satisfying, creative and beautiful project to put my heart and hands to work upon, my own little piece of sewing history that can be passed down to future generations in my family line...
About mid-July I'll share a step by step tutorial on the blog for making this hussif/huswif.
The embroideries in my hussif are available through The Stitchery Club (here) or as a pdf pattern set in my shop from July 17th.
To see my progress making the hussif over the last week click here and scroll down through the five blog posts.
Have you enjoyed this week of 'hussif watching' and hussif history?
Personally, it has given me an increased appreciation for what we are able to source, purchase and make from needle and thread in the 21st Century!
In Regency times when the first little 'houswives', 'hussifs' and 'huswifs' were being made, sewing tools such as needle, pins and thread were very expensive, so many a woman would carry her hussif tied securely under her apron so as not to lose it.
Looking at my many boxes of pretty threads, a pile of needle packets, pearl ended pins and shelves of fabric, I feel a little ashamed that I take the acquisition of these notions for granted.
There's a new gratitude blooming around here now.
To close out this week let's have a look at some very old embellished hussifs, those which were no doubt labours of love. They were all made in the 1880's...
(the four photos above were found on Pinterest)
Let us each take a little time today for a moment of gratitude when we pick up our needle and work on projects that may one day be shown to fresh eyes as examples of what needlewomen made 'back in the day'....