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.

Who is up for a mini challenge?

As I said last after some products from Colourstreams arrived in the post and I was inspired by the colour scheme, I knew I was going to make something from them rather than just work a few test samples in order to write a review.

I decided to make a hussif and if I am still in the mood I will probably make a work bag to go with it. I am wondering how many of my readers want to make a hussif? One of the challenges this year  on  CrazyQuilting International is a hussif you may want to combine the two challenges.

A reader asked me “What is a hussif?” and on Monday I gave readers a few links to see photos of them but basically they are traditional sewing roll or sewing kit.

I have decided to make a full hussif/sewing caddy/kit for myself. I am not sure if it should have theme. At first I thought I would work a sewing theme, then I thought maybe gardening with lots of spring flowers and creepy crawlies as spiders are supposed to be good luck in a crazy quilt. Then my mind thought about stitching traditions and so my thoughts went, rambling through ideas. I have not made up my mind as to even having a theme but I knew if I dithered about too long the project would not get started at all!

So I went ahead and have pieced it anyway! In all probability I will have a theme around the symbols and motifs to be found in traditional crazy quilting. For instance a spider is good luck and to the Victorians many of the flowers held a message but I am still not totally committed tot that yet.

Hussif pieces 1

Anyway I have pieced a hussif, which will have pockets either side, a pocket for my stencils and another for my embroidery scissors. I will also make a needlebook and an extra pouch that will hold other small items.

Hussif pieces 2
This is my studio journal with a rough sketch and notes about the hussif. I also kept a few samples of fabric that were in the scrap pile. This is more as record of some of the fabrics I used. also you can see that the drawing is a simple almost back of the envelope affair of notes on the layout of the pieces.

Studio journal hussif plansI also want to share the next page which is swatches of the Colourstreams products sent to me. Once I start stitching and actually using them I will let readers know how the threads went. In the meanwhile, I have included the fabrics in the hussif. The silk velvet is particularly nice and I plan to use the sheers in suffolk puff flowers on my hussif.

Studio journal colourstreams

Who want to design their own hussif and share what they make?

A few people in the comments have said they want to make a hussif. Who wants to share the project? Perhaps design your own hussif in any style (it does not have to be crazy quilting) and share what you make. I know it is Easter but after Easter we could have a few weeks devoted to an informal stitch along. I don’t want to set a deadline as I want to try a few ideas and specialty stitches on this project so I dont want to race it. It’s a case of quality and sharing a creative exploration rather than speed. If you want to join in, or have an idea to add please leave a comment and let me know as it could be fun. If people want an official starting date we could make it after Easter when things settle a bit. I have house visitors and I am sure lots of people are busy with family this time of year. For those interested we could report in on Wednesdays as part of the Work in Progress days (For folks that want to work on other stuff for Wednesdays that is fine I am just grouping them together as it is easy for folks to remember) Let me know what you think.

What has happened to the work on my quilt? Is it dangerous getting sidetracked like this? I am one single block off completing it, so I know this project will not become a UFO. If I was 6-10 blocks off completing it would be different because that is the danger zone. It is the time when I am tired of the project but with one more block to go I know I will do it. I cant assemble the quilt until a good few weeks after easter anyway as I need to take over the dining room to do it and I have visitors! So this is a good hand work solution.

Join in Work in Progress Wednesdays and leave a comment

If you have made progress on a stitching project leave a comment with a link to your site. If you include the http bit of your web address in the comment it will become a link and folks can visit and see what you have done.

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.

 

I just know I am going to get side tracked with this …

Yes this is a definite derailing moment. Look what arrived in the post the other day.

colour streams packageHere is the back story. I was asked to review some of the Colourstreams products and agreed, thinking I work a little a sample, review their threads and move on. It is not going to work out like that.

As soon as I saw what tumbled out of the packet my mind started to race as the colours of the fabrics are inspirational. I like to stay on track and I have a a large project (the lace quilt) nearly finished so I was trying to be disciplined and not start a new project. Then when I dug deep into the pack these little cupped sequins were hiding and I was done for. They are cupped flower shaped sequins – ideal for any crazy quilt project. Take a look at their store and you will see what I mean.

colour streams sequinsI have been itching to take a break from my quilt blocks and I am in the mood to work in brighter colours and the colour streams silk threads look wonderful. So I have decided to work a project using these products and I will share what I am doing in a series of posts. It means it will be a longer review rather than quick little sample stitched and written up, but it will be more fun to make something.

I received in my packet some silk rayon velvet which is to die for (no pun intended) , Hand dyed crinkle silk chiffon, hand dyed habotai silk and some silk organza. I will add to these fabrics to make a crazy quilt project I have been thinking about a long time.

So far, I am impressed as obviously the colours are inspiring. The quality both fabric and threads looks top notch and I have no hesitation in investing time in this.

For this project I am currently designing a cross between a modern sewing organiser and a traditional hussif. I have been wanting to make this for a while and hoarding little sewing related charms for a while and have decided to combine them with what has been sent.

Apart from the free samples I do not gain financially from this review or the ones I will write over the next few weeks. In other words I am not paid to write them. I am not affiliated in any way with Colourstreams.

Well I am off to have fun and to piece myself a sewing organiser and start stitching with these lovely threads.

Mmmm… now lets see I need a scissor keep, a needlecase, a pocket for my stencils, and something to hold treads… thinks to self  …do a I need a bag to keep this hussif in? This project is going to be fun! Watch it grow… Oh I could have a little extra pouch for goodies to go in …. NO! please people dont let it grow…  well maybe a little bit

Subscribe to Pin Tangle by Email and have it delivered to your In Box

OR

follow me on Facebook

Work in Progress Wednesday Block 42 started

Block 42 startedThis is the last block in this quilt. I am so looking forward to doing something else once these blocks are done! I am sure everyone feels like this at the end of a large project such as quilt. Anyway here it the block and hopefully next week I will be able share what I have stitched on it.  It is the same colour scheme as my last block so should be fun to work.

Join in Work in Progress Wednesdays and leave a comment

If you have made progress on a stitching project leave a comment with a link to your site. If you include the http bit of your web address in the comment it will become a link and folks can visit and see what you have done.

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.

Subscribe to Pin Tangle by Email and have it delivered to your In Box

OR

follow me on Facebook