Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My Hussif

You may ask... what is a Hussif? It is a Victorian sewing kit.

My silver thimble which I use all the time, when I am sewing.

Many years ago, I went to a weekend class with a group of Ladies and we all made a Hussif.
We had a lovely time and this has been a useful place to keep all my sewing paraphernalia.
They have little pockets for everything scissors, measuring tape, pins, needles, and thimble.
All the stitching was done by hand, on cream silk and I embroidered little roses and buds on mine.

In the 1800's girls would make these, out of left over silks to store their sewing supplies.

Unless we are creating we are not fully alive
~ Madeleine L'Engle

Wishing all my friends, a very happy week


  1. Oh my, Carolyn, your Hussif is just beautiful!!


  2. What a beautiful hussif that is, you did an outstanding job! Gorgeous embellishments and lovely stitching!!!
    Margaret B

  3. Hi Carolyn, Very Nice Hussif!! The little embroided roses are so delicate. Thanks for sharing your Hussif. Have a nice week!

  4. Hi: It is amazing your Hussif. I love it. Thank you for sharing it. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  5. Thank you Marsha for your visit and kind words.

    Many thanks Margaret, Carol and Martha, your friendship means a lot to me.


  6. That's a really nice piece. I'm sure it's very useful. I wonder if I could get all my tools into one - not likely but it's such a good idea. Very cool color choices.


  7. So so lovely...I have never heard of this term.."Hussif"..what a beautiful job you did. xoxo

  8. Your hussif is beautiful, dear Carolyn! It's so lovely embroidered and the outside fabric is very pretty!
    Have a great week!
    Big hugs,

  9. Carolyn, You have a very sweet Hussif here!
    I learned something today reading your post.
    You have a really neat item. Very Handy.
    Have a great week,

  10. A wonderful mixture of Victorian practicality & beauty!

    Have a wonderful week too!


  11. My in-laws gave my then 8 year old a hussif for her birthday 2 years ago. Although I appreciated the amazing work in it, I had to explain to Milly what it was for. I know that as she gets older and learns to sew and craft she will perhaps appreciate it more! Yours looks so lovely Carolyn.

  12. Your hussif is lovely! I've seen these from time to time on some of the sewing and crazy quilting blogs I follow. You did a lovely job on yours! I want one! LOL! How neat that you got to attend a class on how to do one! :)
    ~TattingChic ♥

  13. What a great quote Carolyn!! Your sewing kit is really beautiful!!! The stitching is incredible!

    Have a lovely week!

    Hugs ~

    :) T

  14. Hello my dearest friend!!!


    Gorgeous embellishments...



    COMPLIMENTS a lot...yo're a really fantastic friend!


  15. Carolyn, this is beautiful. Similar to a chatelaine.

  16. That is so cute Carolyn.
    I did not know what a Hussif was. I love learning new things.
    Have a great day, and thanks for visiting me.

  17. Absolutely beautiful!!!!


  18. This is incredible! Such intricate details and I love the idea behind it!

  19. I've never heard the term Carolyn....

    It is beautiful...and perfect for all you need to do a bit of stitching...

  20. Oh Carolyn...I love it! You did such a beautiful job on your Hussif. Really love the color...so pretty. Hope you are enjoying your day!

    Hugs, Nancy

  21. Carolyn,
    I love your Hussif. Your handwork is beautiful & what a handy little take along kit. Lisa

  22. Hi Ginger,

    Thanks for your visit, that is not my only one - I have a big sewing basket and other baskets and boxes that I keep all my things in.

    Thanks Jessica, for visiting me today.

    Many thanks Koralee, lovely to have you come by.

    Hi Julia,

    This was a fun project to work on and did take a while with all the handwork.

    Thank you Deanna, and I am glad that you learned something from here. I appreciate all the things I learn from you too.

    Hi Lola and Nora, and wishing you a great week.

    Hi Amanda,

    Yes, probably something Milly will really appreciate when she is older.
    Such a sweet name Milly.
    Thanks for your visit.

    Thanks TattingChic, why don't you make one - I have seen patterns for them and maybe you could incorporate some of your beautiful tatting work on it.

    Many thanks Tracey, for your visit and kind words.
    I loved your detail on the back of your chairs, that was so gorgeous.

    Thank you Ni, lovely to have you visit me today. You are a fantastic friend too!

    Hi Dolores,

    I have not heard of a chatelaine ~ sounds French and I will have to google that ~ thanks.

    Thanks Rosemary and I always like learning something new ~ that is the beauty of blogging, we learn so much from one another.

    Thank you Doreen.

    Many thanks Haute World.
    I really think that it is neat that we can replicate something that was made back in the 1800's.

    Thanks Vee, I did enjoy making all the roses, and practicing my stitching.

    Thank you Nancy and I hope that you are having a lovely day.

    Thanks Lisa, for your visit and it is a handy little kit.


  23. Well whaddaya know!
    I learned something new today, I'd never heard of a hussif before.
    It's just lovely, Carolyn! :-)

    Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  24. Thank you for your visit Anne, always lovely to hear from you.


  25. Oh my gosh, that is just gorgeous. I want one. Do you have a pattern that you used or do you just sort of make up your own design. Yours is wonderful and like most of the other comments, I have never heard of a hussif either. If you do have a pattern, I would love to get a copy of it.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  26. Good Morning Carolyn
    That little sewing kit is absolutely beautiful... what a treasure! Really fine workmanship.
    Have a wonderful week

  27. Interesting. I've never heard of Hussif before, but it sounds fun. And the end result is beautiful... Nice post, Carolyn, as always :) Have a sweet day!

  28. Thank you Jeanne, lovely to have a visit from you today.

    Thanks Couture Carrie.

    Many thanks Rebecca for your kind words you left for me.

    Thank you Fe and I hope that you are having a lovely week.


  29. Carolyn -

    How lovely....wish I had a such a wonderful place to keep all of my stiching wares.

    Have a FAB week!


  30. Many thanks Denise, for your visit and I hope that you are having a lovely week.


  31. I absolutely loved your Hussif - this is such an unusual word for something out of Victorian era! I would expect to here it somewhere in the Middle East.:-) I can see how complex this little beauty is and your, probably, put so much labor of love into it! I especially love the stitching. Wishing you wonderful day full of joy and beauty.:-)

  32. Many thanks Anya, for your visit and note you left me.
    A lot of work did go into the hussif, but it was a lot of fun and a lovely thing to have .
    I hope that you are having a lovely week.


  33. Wow Carolyn...this is beyond gorgeous...I would never be able to do such a gorgeous thing like this with my own hand...:-)

    Cheers: Evi

  34. so lovely- this gives me a wonderful idea for an artful thursday project. Have a beautiful day Carolyn.

  35. Carolyn is is so pretty! I have never seen one before.

    Thank you for your kind visit my friend. I hope your day is wonderful and blessed.
    ~Melissa :)

  36. I had no idea that's what these were called, Carolyn. Years ago I found some of these adorable hussifs in northern Michigan at an out of the way store. Bought all they had and gave them to friends. I still have one and always travel with it!
    Yours is so cute!

  37. OH MY GOODNESS, this is absolutely, astonishingly, incredibly beautiful! And then to read that you handsewed this!!!!! I am in awe..... Wow!

  38. Carolyn,

    I had never heard of a Hussif-thanks for the lesson:). Yours is absolutely gorgeous!



  39. Thank you Miss Eve, for visiting me today, always great to hear from you.

    Hi Lorraine,

    Glad I have given you an idea for your Artful Thursday, do show us when you make it, would love to see it.

    Many thanks Melissa, your new look to your blog is lovely.
    I hope that your day is going well.

    Many thanks Barbara, and how lucky that you found some in a store.
    They are useful when you travel.

    Thank you Bella, for visiting me today and your kind words.

    Thanks Kim and glad that I could show you my hussif, especially when you have a love of Victorian things.


  40. Hi Carolyn,
    That Hussif is simply gorgeous. So many special details and all made by hand. How inspiring and so useful. You did an amazing work of art from your talented hands. How fun it must have been to create in this class with others.
    Oh gosh I love the embroided roses. Just too charming.

    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. Good Luck in my giveaway.
    Have a great rest of the week and weekend.
    Big Texas Hugs,
    Celestina Marie

  41. Your hussif is really lovely. I have never heard of one til now.

  42. Hi Carolyn,
    That is just so lovely. How handy it is to have it hold all those items. What fun you must have had making it. Thanks for sharing.
    Sharon :-)

  43. What a neat idea. It's so beautiful. I have never heard of these. I think here the ladies all had sewing baskets. I wouldn't know about today, since I don't sew!

  44. Beautiful hussif AND fabulous quote too. Have fun creating bears and other cool things with your hussif today! Do you use a thimble? I never could. But I've tried.
    The roses you embroidered look very nice.

    Hugs and happy weekend Carolyn!


  45. Oh Carolyn!
    You made this beautiful "hussif" YOURSELF!
    I first thought you bought this "old" sewing kit! It's stunning!
    Warm hugs, :o)

  46. My Sweet Friend Carolyn, I love your Hussif! It is beautiful just like your words of encouragement and happiness. Have a wonderful weekend!

  47. HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR TOMORROW CAROLYN! I have got something to send you but it's on my desk at work (but I'm known for being late!). I hope you have a wonderful day dear friend. We've stopped counting now ah. haha lots of luv xox

  48. What a beautiful way to store all your sewing paraphenalia. :) One of these days, I'm gonna learn to sew. I keep saying that! I need a big Hussif to get myself organized with everything around here. Hope you are having a great weekend. Tammy

  49. Many thanks Celestina Marie, for your visit and kind words.
    Always great to hear from you.

    Thank you Gwendolyn, that is what I love about blogging, I often find out new things too.

    Hi Sharon,

    It is very handy to have around, when you are wanting to do a repair or sew on a button.
    Thanks for visiting me today.

    Hi Sares,

    I have a sewing basket as well and lots of suitcases with bits and pieces also.

    Hi Constance,

    I nearly always use a thimble especially sewing my Bears, saves hurting your fingers, and you do get used to it.
    Happy weekend, to you.

    Hi Traude,

    Many thanks for your visit, always lovely to hear from you.

    Many thanks Beth and I hope that your weekend is a happy one.

    Oh thank you Karen, that is so sweet of you to remember my birthday. Yes, we do not need to count the numbers now, hehe!

    Thank you Tammy, yes, they are a great idea to keep all your bits and bobs in.
    Happy weekend, to you.



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