My Needle's Worke Sampler Huswif is my third class for this year's Christmas in Williamsburg Needlearts Festival. The class will take place over three consecutive days.
This project can be made as a sampler and framed or it can be made into a huswif. A "huswif" or "hussif" is a folded or rolled case for holding needlework supplies. Women often carried a huswif in one of the large tie-on pockets worn under their skirts. The embroidery is the same for both the sampler and the huswif. The project also includes a coordinating needlebook case and scissors sheath. All of these pieces can be assembled by hand.
The stitches used are Algerian eye, alternating double backstitch, backstitch, barrier, Belgian cross, closed herringbone, cross, cross stitch over one linen thread, cushion (traditional and reverse slant), double-sided Italian cross, four-sided, long-armed cross, Montenegrin, mosaic, padded satin, Rhodes, rice, small plait stitch, Smyrna cross, star, straight, tent, Williamsburg, and zigzag stitch.
|Sampler and Huswif outside|
|Huswif (closed). Scissors Case, and Needlebook (closed)|
|Huswif inside, scissors case, and needlebook (back)|
|Inside of the Needlebook|
The scrimshaw ruler and threadwinders shown in the third photo are not included in the kit but can be ordered at the class.