I think of all my tutorials over the years, and there's been about eighty since 2009, that the 5-day, very detailed Hussif tutorial is the most popular.
This five-part series of step by step tutorials ran over one week in 2015 and since then I have had hundreds of requests, especially this past year, to release the whole thing as a single pattern. Up until now I've only sold the embroideries featured in the Hussif, but earlier this week I brewed a large cup of Vanilla tea and sat down to do it.
Well, let's just say there ended up being a few large cups of tea, a lunch of avocado on toast with a side of grapes, more tea and some delicious ginger slice to sweeten my mind...and after many hours the 59-page pattern was complete.
If you've not seen this Hussif before, let me show you inside...
...and perhaps tell you what a Hussif actually is?
Hussifs were usually 18-24 inches long with a rounded end and a square end, and folded into three sections, and that's how I made mine.
The lace I used is over 100 years old as I wanted my Hussif to become an heirloom piece to pass along to Blossom, and then to one of her girls.
The newly compiled pattern comes with detailed instructions for every section, step by step photo tutorials, embroidery patterns and a second version of the Hussif made without embroideries.
Here's the second version using a darker, more romantic style of fabrics. Certain sections were fussy cut, which means I carefully chose pretty sections of the fabric to feature where the embroideries did in my first version.
So now there's two options for making a Hussif of your own from my pattern.
Firstly, you can go HERE and start the 5-day tutorial by scrolling through the relevant blog posts from 2015. Please note that the embroideries are not included, and never were. They have always been a separate purchase.
Or you can go HERE to my Etsy Shop and purchase the complete pattern, everything included.
Last week I received a bundle of Tilda's new Gardenlife fabrics as a gift from the Australian supplier, 2 Green Zebras. They'll be available at quilt shops and online in May.
Now I'm working on an idea for a sew-along that you can join in with, shared here on the blog over a few weeks. Maybe a small Sampler quilt? Maybe something to tie in with Tea Week next month? There won't be any embroidery because I don't have time for that right now, but admittedly the thought of just patchwork or a bit of applique has set my heart a flutter.
I wonder what you'd like me to do as a sew-along?
I shall sign off today with a grateful heart for our soldiers, serving and retired, who have carried the flag of our nation's armed services with courage and gallantry for well over a century. It's ANZAC Day today, a day when Australians and New Zealanders honour those who fought so bravely, yet unsuccessfully against the odds at Gallipoli in 1915.
Many of you will have lost loved ones in war, even in friendly fire. I'm praying for you today...
Lest We Forget.