Hussies Too, Part Two

Pat Winter © 2006

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I am pleased to bring you a second helping of Hussifs and Pursifs. I am sure you will agree all of the ladies did a beautiful job on their projects.

Roxanne Scelp:

“Roxie” is the Hussies Too list mom who brought us together so more ladies could enjoy the process and delight of creating a special Victorian sewing kit for themselves. Here is Roxie’s statement about Hussies Too: I wanted to start this hussif group because I kept looking at the beautiful hussifs that were done in the original project for CQMagOnline and wished I had been part of it. I mentioned it one day on one of the lists and Pat Winter contacted me and asked if I would like to be the "list mom" for the hussifs 2 project. There were approximately 37 ladies who joined this group. This was a fun experience for me because it was the first time that I had really worked with these kinds of materials and mediums. I dyed the lace and motifs and it was fun planning what I wanted to embellish with. I plan on using mine and wanted it to be functional. I didn't put any stitching in it because I felt it might get snagged and come loose. It was also fun because of the excitement it generated. All the ladies involved were so excited to be a part of the project and did such beautiful and diverse work. It reminded me of a project that I did with some ladies at work once. We all worked on the same thing but when finished, there were 5 totally different versions! I found it was the same with this project. The name was chosen by one of the ladies in the group, we all liked it and the rest, as they say, is history. I made both the hussif and the pursiff.

All the ladies were wonderful to share this with. Once again the diversity is really amazing. To see all the different colors and versions of the same pattern shows the creativity of so many all around the world. Pat Winter sent me a vintage repro tape measure for being the "list mom" that I just love. Pat was very helpful in keeping this list going, as I did not really know what I was doing and I appreciate her help and friendship throughout this entire project.

Edith Mandlsohn:

Edith Mandlsohn shares with you details about her hussif. This will most certainly become a family heirloom. A band of antique lace found in my aunt's attic, beads, a monogram on deep purple moiré, a Victorian advertisement for Singer sewing machines ciggy silk and a lace flower motive found at a garage sale adorn the front of my hussif.

Pockets from pink satin I received in a swap, are for beads and baubles. The flap is from my mom's old silk dress. The tassels are made from ceramic rose beads and seed beads. The ribbon pockets in the middle are for the tailor's pencil and the seam ripper.

I chose a wonderfully deep purple moiré for the outer layer and accessorized with lilac and pink beads, satin, brocades, lace and ciggy silks, which I print myself.

The antique lace is from my grandmother's wedding dress (1919) and the pincushion is made from a flannel swatch of my daughter's very first baby pajamas and antique lace trim. The beads on the lace, pincushion trim and surrounding the embroidered pocket flap are adding great sparkle, but unfortunately do not show very well on the picture.

I found the piece of lace in a little antique shop in Nova Scotia on our holidays and thought it would make a perfect scissor sheath. The pocket is lined with faux leather so the lace and silk will not get “distressed” from use. The scissor fob is ceramic and a bit heavy. It looks like a small pinecone. It dangles from the bottom when the hussif is closed. The long pockets to the right are for those little cards of embroidery floss and silk ribbon. The needle book has 4 leaves including the cover and is made from my 11 year old daughter's very first baby pajamas and a Singer Advertising ciggy silk as cover.

My vision is getting worse, so glasses have become a necessity and I keep forgetting them at home (seems my brain is not getting better either), so I thought it was a good idea to keep an extra pair in the hussif.

The brocade which I received in a swap, is wonderfully textured and the butterfly closure sparkles with “pink diamonds” even though the picture does not show them well. The fob and thimble pouch dangle from the hussif when it is closed.

Sy Fry:

Sy has a bit more work on her hussif, but she had the following to say about her experience.” I enjoyed looking for the fabrics for it, using different textures, using beads and doing silk ribbon embroidery, all of which are new to me. I am also learning how to make the tree that's "supposed" to have an oriental flair to it. It was a neat challenge although I think I still need to work on that. I learned a lot about using different kinds of threads and using color. It is a fun new project and before this I had never even heard of a hussif before, let alone know how to make one. Therefore I got a short history lesson and met lots of lovely ladies through the group online. Thanks for letting me play.

Liz Schaffner:

Liz is from Germany and enjoyed making her beautiful hussif. She chose a rich Burgundy fabric and embellished with fancy laces and appliqués. She was quick to fill the pockets, nooks and crannies with wonderful sewing supplies.

Marjorie Holme:

Marjorie chose purple and green fabrics for her Pursiff. She added a unique strap, which looks like Grosgrain ribbon with Mokuba trim stitched down the center. Marjorie embossed the deep purple velvet lining for a nice contrast. The little thread bobbins she used for the “feet” add a perfect finishing touch.

Barbara Roberts:

Barbara's comments were,” The hardest part next to deciding at the beginning what will go inside it was sewing the 2 halves together! It was fun and a lot of work, but now I have something nice for ME!! Barbara chose a gold Dupioni and hand dyed trims in cheerful colors to keep her inspired. She added a pretty pocket made up of several strips of assorted fabrics to the back.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the projects “Hussies Too” shared with you. It was wonderful fun for me to be able to share them with you, our readers.

Special note:
A big Thank you to Roxie for forming a wonderful and energetic group of talented ladies. Also we want to thank Carol Lindberg for making the patterns available to us, and Julie Craig from “Attic Heirlooms” for designing the pattern most of us used. Thank you Hussies Too! You are great!

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