Work in Progress Wednesday my hussif report

Ok the time has come! The Hussif challenge is on! I can be flashy and annoying and busy buzzing about the place in an over excited manner as I have started to stitch my Hussif!

Hussif pieces 1

First of all the set the scene here are the pieces set out cutting mat (those squares are inches). For the last 2 years I have been working on quilt that has subdued colours so I wanted to break out a bit with this project and create something very colourful. Also I was inspired to use some of the samples of Colour Streams have sent me. I pieced these a couple of weeks ago.

Hussif pieces 2

hand embroidery floral sprayOk on with the work in progress report. I started to work a spray on one of the larger pieces in part because I wanted to establish mood but also because I have a review of the colourstreams products in the pipeline. (Look tomorrow for this and more eye candy.)

Since I am writing the review and need to complete a little sample, I have done something I hardly ever do, which is to bead the area right away. Normally I wait until all hand stitching is done then I add the beads, buttons charms etc.

If you want to see a close up of the embroidery, click on the images and it will take you there.

hand embroider inprogress

The same applies for the grapes here – still on the hoop.

That is my work in Progress report.

What have you done this week that takes you towards your stitching goals? Leave a comment and let us know.

Work in Progress Wednesdays  are still progress report days. My progress report just happens to be this mini challenge.  If you are working on another project that is fine. For those folks who want to report on a work in progress do so as per usual.

As a side note: A hussif is a sewing roll or sewing kit or caddy but I gave a more detailed answer here . The idea is that people design their own hussifs. Any style of  quilting or embroidery is acceptable just make your hussif the hussif you have always wanted to own!  The is no deadline but aim for quality or give yourself a space for experimentation not simply tick off another project.  I presented some informal guidelines here .

For those who do crazy quilting one of the challenges this year on CrazyQuilting International is to create a hussif you may want to combine the two challenges. If you are a crazy quilter and working a hussif dont forget my give away tutorial on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams

Mini Challenge details

Block 73Last week I asked readers, who was interested in a mini challenge to create a hussif and many people responded to say they wanted to  join in. Today I will answer some readers questions that arose through the week.

What is a hussif? 

A hussif is a sewing roll or sewing kit or caddy but I gave a more detailed answer here 

Will I be providing pattern?

No, the idea is that people design their own hussif that is the challenge! If you do a google image search with the words hussif, or sewing caddy, or sewing roll you will see lots of hussifs and get lots of ideas.

If you lay all your hand sewing equipment out and think of how they might be contained and what shape pockets they need to live in you will soon have a hussif designed. Perhaps readers have tips and advice. If you do leave a comment or if you have written about it on a blog leave your link in the comments as people are turning over ideas as to how they are going to make their hussif.

Can the hussif be in any embroidery style?

Yes any style is acceptable.  Choose a style you like. I am going to make mine of crazy quilting as it is something I have always wanted to do. Make your hussif the hussif you have always wanted to own!

I am a beginner do you think I will be able to join in?

Yes a hussif is an ideal thing to start designing or to use with any embroidery technique, as a hussif can be a made as a roll and be as simple or as complex as your sewing skills can meet.

If you are a new hand dont forget to check out the resources on Pintangle. I have a full list of tutorials and resources and  there is  a  tutorial on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams

For new hands there are 12 Surface Stitches for Beginners (This is a direct PDF download You need Acrobat reader to read it) Also there is my Stitch Dictionary 

How will the challenge run?

It will run the same way I run TAST and WIP Wednesdays.

Every week post on a blog or flickr your progress even if you have worked only a little. Then comeback here and tell us about it in the comments on the Wednesday post. Also leave a link, if you include the http bit of your web address in the comment it will become a hot link and folks can visit and see what you have done.

When does the challenge start?

Reading the comments from last week people were busy over Easter and are finishing off projects and I think I caught a few off guard in proposing the challenge. So I have set start date as the first of May (simply because it is the first of the month) and with a first ‘report in as being  Wednesday the 7th (so that is 2 weeks away from today)

As a side note this start date means I will cool my heals (which is haaaaaaaaard to do) and be a very good girl (can you hear me carrying on in two year old winging voice) and finnish the last block of my quilt…

What is the deadline?

None it is open ended challenge because I want to aim for quality not speed.

For this project my personal goal as I want to include many techniques I have tried (often on my sampler) but due to time have not used often. One of the things I love about crazy quilting is that you can use all sorts of different stitches and techniques in the one project. I want to develop some more techniques, include some of my all time favourites and include many techniques that I like but often don’t work because they are time consuming. It is easy as teacher to spend a lot of time producing samples for classes, and often these sample illustrate simple techniques for those who are new hands but for this project I am going to indulge myself and work some stitches and techniques that take a little longer. Not all will complex because some of my absolute favourites are simple stitch combinations. Since the idea for the project grew into a stitch along I don’t want to set a deadline as I want to allow time for indulgence.

Crazy quilting International has a hussif challenge this year can I combine the two?

Yes of course! The more you share the more your work is enjoyed. For crazy quilters out there who are not members of the CrazyQuilting International yahoo group you might want to join it is a busy group and best of all free!

If I don’t do a Hussif can I still report on my work in progress? 

Yes this mini challenge is not a replacement for my WIP Wednesdays but an addition. For the next few weeks /months I will be reporting on my hussif. It’s my Work in progress but if you are working on a larger project that is fine. For those folks who want to report on a work in progress do so as per my usual.

Join in and leave a comment

If you have made progress on a stitching project leave a comment with a link to your site. If you have further questions leave a comment and I will answer in the comments.

If you want to know more about Work in Progress Wednesdays visit the FAQ. All my Work in Progress Wednesday reports are under that category.