This listing is for a CROSS STITCH PATTERN, not for the finished sewing roll.
I have long wanted to try my hand at making a basic huswife to better transport my thread and scissors when taking my stitching away from home.
From there, it was just a matter of calculating stitch area and then filling the alotted area with happy growing things, a tiny house, an alphabet, and some little creatures. Once Upon a Summer just seemed like the right name for it. I don’t know about you, but I plan on putting this huswife to good use.
I don’t know exactly how they came to be called huswifes, but there are documents labeling them such that date back as early as the middle of the 18th century. During the American Civil War, they were often sent off with soldiers containing essential sewing implements so that they could maintain their wardrobe.
"I suppose you all know what a housewife is? It is a long piece of cloth with a number of small pockets sewed along one side, and made to fold up like a pocket-book, having separate places for buttons, thread, needles, pins, &c., such as some of you may have seen your mothers or grandmothers use." - The Reformed Presbyterian magazine. September. 1, 1864.
This design was originally released exclusively through the Dyeing to Stitch Ladies' Prim Society club, but is now available for everyone.
Stitch Count: 247 x 71
Model stitched with one thread over two on R & R Reproductions’ 35ct. Heartstring Blend
Classic Colorworks: Hazelnut, Poblano Pepper, Tennessee Red Clay
The Gentle Art: Piney Woods, Pecan Pie, Ruby Slipper
Weeks Dye Works: Dirt Road, Oscar, Whiskey
Recommended Additional Materials: 3 fat quarters of different co-ordinating cotton fabrics 2 feet of ½” Hug Snug Seam Binding “Havana”
All of my patterns come with a fully detailed & professional thread chart, color photograph, & my recommendations for floss and fabric. It will arrive in a plastic zip-close envelope for safe keeping.