Work in progress Wednesdays

Work in progress Wednesdays

crazy quilt PocketI am waving this latest piece about in the air at the same time yelling at the top of my lungs, there is an eye candy warning ahead!

If you click on the image you will see a larger photo.

This is another of my pockets for my sewing roll, or hussif. Yes it is another step along the way to completing this project.

I thought readers would enjoy some close details.

These daisies are made of long cast on stitches. the feather stitch arms are topped off with bullion stitches. Both are worked in silk thread.

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The next detail on the pocket is trail of buttons and beads that spills over the seam.


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I used sequin flowers and bullion roses in this area of the pocket. crazy quilt Pocket detail  3

What have you done this week towards your stitching goals?

Leave a comment and let us know.
As a side note for those interested in the mini challenge:

The idea is that people design their own sewing caddy or hussif in any style of quilting or embroidery. The is no deadline.  I presented some informal guidelines here.
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


  1. I’ve been following the WIP posts, although I haven’t had much to share for a few weeks. I have been doing a little here and a little there. I started a Dear Jane quilt, and am spending a lot of time on that.
    Your stitching is wonderful!!!
    I don’t think I shared this round robin block that I recently finished https://www.flickr.com/photos/marcih/14525846218/
    Jackie pieced the block and I embellished it. One of her requests was to try something new – the blue flowers on the left were from a TAST stitch.
    And another round robin block https://www.flickr.com/photos/marcih/14796439854/in/photostream/ Lisa pieced the block and wanted a steampunk theme. That was fun.

    Marci Hainkel
  2. So gorgeous! I don’t have any work in progress to show this week as my Mom just passed and therefore I can relate to Louise. I do know that I will be making some stitching time soon as I know it will be part of my healing/grieving process.

  3. Louise, your work is stunning and a wonderful tribute to your beloved father. Beautiful memories forever.
    And Sharon, you are so generous with your time and talents, and I know that Louise’s comments reflect all of our thoughts. I hope these posts are enough to get you through those ‘why do I do it’ days. This pocket is inspirational, and I can’t wait to see the end result. Claire.

    Claire Turner
  4. Sharon, the work you show this week is really stunning. I just love the river of beads that trickle down along the hussif. It is when we see things like this that we get inspiration and, just like Louise, can ‘stitch up’ all our thoughts and feelings in times of hardship, while following your challenge.
    I, however, have been too busy adding TAST stitches to my Swedish cushion to have had any time over for thoughts! Nevertheless, I am very pleased that your ‘push’ has helped me almost complete this TAST sampler cushion. It now contains 113 stitches!

  5. Sharon, I do so love seeing your beautiful eye candy! As for those “Why Do I Do This” days… This week as I worked on my TAST stitches, I thought about all of the time you take writing and photographing tutorials for us each week. You are so incredibly generous with your time. Thank you! I don’t know why you do it, but I am thankful that you do!

    Louise’s hussif is absolutely stunning. What a beautiful memento.

    My weekly progress is posted here: http://monkeyandmutt.blogspot.com/2014/08/wip-wednesday-08202014.html

  6. Working on my hussif has been a lifeline for me these last couple of months. I was living overseas and returned to the UK to look after my terminally ill Father at the beginning of May. I had hardly done any embroidery for about 20 years but I brought my embroidery stuff with me as I knew it would be the perfect pass-time to do when spending time with someone who was ill. My dad and I could be together, I could sew while he slept or watched sport on the TV. I could stop sewing the moment he wanted to chat or needed something.
    Almost immediately I happened to come across Sharon’s website. I started a sampler and did some TAST stitches, then I came across Sharon’s hussif challenge. It appealed and I started getting ideas off various blogs and Pinterest and I began embroidering pockets. I did not have the time to spend time blogging so I haven’t contributed to WIP Wednesday until now. My Dad spent his last three weeks in a hospice and this is where I did most of the embroidery. Dad sadly died on August 2nd and I decided to do no more embroidery on the hussif so that all the memories are of when he was alive. The flowers are all ones I saw in his garden or in hedgerows nearby in East Yorkshire. Lily of the valley was flowering when I arrived and was his favourite flower. It has taken me a couple of weeks to assemble the hussif using my auntie’s very old sewing machine that had no instruction manual!
    Thank you Sharon for the idea of making this hussif which is full of such special memories for me.

    1. Your comment touched me deeply and I have just read it out to Jerry my husband. I am sorry for your loss but also pleased the website has proved useful for you in this really hard time. I really cant think of anything else to say other than apart from the memories and associations this piece will hold for you it also a lovely hussif. Thanks for writing and letting me know how much the site meant you as I was asking myself why do I do this? type of day.


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