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July 17, 2018 / weavingschool

Need a housewife?

Everyone needs a housewife. You know, that person who does the chores, cooks the meals, does the wash.  In the18th and 19th century both men and women carried portable sewing kits called a “housewife.” So here is my version. It won’t vacuum my rugs, but making it was a fun way to combine several skills. The wonderful texture of the case comes from the “weaving for felting” process that I’m working on new samples for a class I’ll be teaching at Southeast Fiber Forum April 4 – 7. Yes, that’s a long time from now, but there are so many variations on this process, I could easily sample from now till the conference. On the inside, I used scraps from other nuno felting projects, a finger braiding technique my grandmother taught me, and squares I wove on the Weave-It loom I’ve had for sixty years. Blanket stitch runs around the boarder. The tie was a quick knit on my knitting machine. I even get to show off those new scissors I got in Uzbekistan, a button from Mexico, a favorite wooden needle holder. Try your own from your favorite leftovers from other projects. You’ll end up with a convenient sewing kit with your own personal story.

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