Sewing Workshop: Hand-Sewn Hussif

Sewing Workshop: Hand-Sewn Hussif

Historic Rock Ford - 881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, PA, USA

A “hussif” or “housewife” is a small sewing kit for keeping needles, thread, wax, and other sewing items together. Hussifs were used during the American Revolution by soldiers, who were responsible for mending their own clothing. Women used hussifs for sewing as well as a sort of wallet or purse. By reading through the proceedings of Old Bailey, London’s Central Criminal court, we understand how many common people organized their necessary items by using a hussif. Seeing as we live in the 21st century, you may use your hussif to hold whatever you would like!

This sewing workshop is hosted by Rock Ford volunteer Sophie Walters and will be held on the first floor of the Rock Ford Barn.

Limited to 15 guests

Please bring a bagged lunch. 

Wearing a face covering (mask or face shield) will be required, no exceptions. 

We ask all participants to review their hand-sewing stitches in preparation of attending the workshop.

Please bring the following items with you:

  • 4 small scraps of fabric for the inside pockets. Each 3 ½” x 5 ½”.  We recommend linen or cotton in any color or pattern that you wish. (Avoid textured fabrics, corduroy, or denim.)
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Needles
  • Pins
  • Thimble (optional)
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