Does anyone know what a HUSSIF is?
I may be in the minority, but I sure didn't!
This morning, I saw a FB post by famous doll maker extraordinaire, Patti Culea- about an intriguing "hussif" she created. Here is her link.
I love hers, having dabbled a teensy bit in doll making myself, years ago..........her creation is the best of both worlds- it's a doll, and it serves a purpose in sewing organization!
In researching what a "hussif" was, I found this blog - a hussif is, simply put, a needle case. Could be a roll up, could be fashioned in almost any shape to suit the sewer's needs for whatever needs to be stored and/or carried.
You know how it goes - one link leads to another, then you find the wee hours have slipped away (literally- I was up at 3:50am today!) - all spent in the cyber space! This 2nd blog (link below) gave me the definition of the word HUSSIF.
Its origin is Olde English - meaning "housewife". A word that appears to be coming full circle, from the days of women's lib (when it was a bad word!) to the present, where alot of women (including myself) appear to be embracing the back to basics and relearning the skills (and they are skills!) of housewifely "drudgery" combined with the arts of fine handiwork- sewing, knitting, spinning, weaving, etc..Altho', I must admit - I do NOT categorize washing dishes as an art!! That is still drudgery - unless I can escape to an imaginary world in my mind, while gazing out the window, and mindlessly scrubbing pots!!!LOL.....
You can read about the definition of the word Hussif - here
Curiosity just got the best of me - I could see what it was that Patti Culea created - and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it- but did not know the origin of the word she used to describe it! Now, I do!
So, as always, GOOGLE to the rescue!!!!!
I also found photos - click here
Oh sooooo many photos!!!
I have made several needle cases over the years- and have swapped needlecases online. I have a ton of them - well, maybe not a TON- but I have alot!!! What I need to create now, is an artsy storage case of sorts, to hold all the needlecases in a semi organized way!!!
|blogger decided it looked better this way! My own wool envelope- I love the teeny pewter basket pin cushion!Lined with vintage feedsack.|
One hussif that I do NOT have is a larger roll up style, similar to Patti's creation..
I do have several wool applique envelope styles - 2 or three of these inspired and created while in The Woolie Nuts group with Pat Sloan, Lennie, Judy, Ann Weber, Debbie, Joanne, Patty, when we did some round robins. I admit being only a sporadic member, as work and kids allowed! Now distance separates...
|Woolie Nuts- late 1990's ?- from left, Judy Post , Lennie Stimpson, Pat Sloan,Ann Weber, Deb MacDougal Conway, and me (on the floor)photo probably taken by the ever elusive Patty!!!|
|sideways pic - but you get the idea- each person in the round robin added another wool applique|
Others are small folder or book styles - created and swapped in an online group with Judy and several others.
|this is the outside of Judy's- all recycled fabric - the outer is from her dad's old sweater, I believe - how sweet!|
|and the inside|
|a gorgeous burnt fabric method- needlecase by London artist Rosemarie McLavy for the online Art4Mail swap in 2011|
After seeing Patti's wonder-full creation, I have a feeling I need to create a fantasy roll- up. Maybe borrowing the from the theme of Pat Sloan's recent workshop at my Mountain Meadows Quilters Retreat, and use up the rest of my stash fabric to put together a new all encompassing hussif !
If you have made any hussifs - and I am SURE you all have - under a different name, perhaps ????- leave a comment - share a link with a picture of your creation!
I'd love to see them!! As would we all!!!! We can all become hussies!!!LOL
Inspiration comes from sharing!!!