Dragonfly Garden Hussif

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In early days, the term huswif referred to the woman who looked after and supervised the management of the house or home. By the late 18th century, the spelling and usage of these words had changed – a hussy became a loose or wanton woman and a hussif or hussive was used to describe a pocket sewing case or pouch. There are some very special decorative examples of the “hussif"  in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and early examples are very collectible indeed.
As late as 1957, a naval cadet joining the Royal Navy would have been issued with a calico hussif which would have included his initials added in paint and inculding cotton reels, needles and scissors.

This exquisite pocket sampler is made by hand and when folded is kept closed with a weighted eyelet band. The design is stitched almost as a band sampler but then folded so that it has decorated pockets on both sides. The pack includes linen, pre-sorted threads, chart, pearl buttons, vintage glass beads, blending filament and full colour instructions. To help with the folding of the final piece I have added some staged pictures for you in the Stitcher's Study.



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