Is there anything sweeter in a sewing day than adding those final little touches that herald the completion of a joyous task?
I nestled in that delight about 5pm yesterday.
Adding the last little pieces took most of my afternoon because I had a few ideas I thought would work but only needed the 'right' two.
Like this little pin cushion.
The aged silk ribbon held in place with two cross-stitches...
...waiting for a puffy little spotted pillow to rest itself upon her creamy softness so she could wrap it in the snuggest hug.
And after all was said and done nothing quite compared to century old lace hand stitched over a half moon curve...
...and a very special mother-of-pearl button.
Tomorrow you can see my completed Hussif with all her pretties and pockets on display.
During my continuing research into the history of the 'hussif', 'huswif' or 'soldier's housewife' I came across a photo of one used by my own countrymen.
Australian soldiers who fought in the Boer War (1899) were issued with a 'soldier's housewife' and this was the first time it became standard issue for serving soldiers.
With one pocket, a needle rest and calico ties, their 'housewife' carried needle, thread and buttons for repairs when out in the battlefield.
Rolled up it measured about 4" x 5"...
In the newspapers at the time is was reported, "The authorities have provided one complete housewife for each man." Apparently many real wives were demanding to know who these new housewives were, and cartoonists jumped on the wagon with their take on the situation!
On the other side of the world British soldiers received a Hussif as standard issue until the 1960's. This one belonged to a soldier of the Devonshire Regiment during WW1...
It's been wonderful to learn about their history and use in the military, but I think it's time for me to go looking for more 'girlie' hussifs to finish off the week, don't you?
May your day be a smiley one,