Hussifs or Sewing kits.
This was a comment made about Jane Austen.
In the early 1800's hand sewing was a way of life for all females. Whether it be "ornamental work" or day to day mending or sewing. These skills were passed down from mother to daughter.
Therefore they were always kept carefully and locked away safely in a special basket or sewing box along with the sewing the lady was working on at the time.
A sewing box was considered to be a very personl possession. As well as sewing items they held all sorts of little goodies that the sewer didn't want anyone else to see. Love- letters, photos of husbands, boyfriends or books of romantic poetry.
With this in mind, I designed my latest sewing "Hussif".
A needlework carry all! Called the Blueberry Girls Itty Bitty Bag. To go with the Blueberry Girls Quilt.
Something small enough to be carried with you to retreats, to work or just to have to hold all those sewing goodies.
Lots of pockets to hold scissors, thread, patterns, needles and a bag in the middle for your embroidery.
If you'd like to keep love letters in the Itty Bitty Bag- there's pockets inside for that too!
I know this photo looks a little strange- but the sewing I was working on at the time was an applique of one of the "Girls" and it poked out at the top of the bag- sort of looks a little weird!
As you can see- there are plenty of pockets for all sorts of sewing goodies- and if you wish-a book of romantic poetry as well!
And a place for those pins and needles!
The patterns have been sent to Country Hart.
For their pattern of the month Club.
But will be available for everyone else in a couple of weeks time.
A woman of the 1800's was expected to sew 12 stitches to the inch if she was to be considered to be any sort of a sewer at all
Just as a test of how good an 1800's sewer you'd make- how many stitches do you get to the inch?