This 18th century style Housewife is completely hand sewn. The fabric used is linen and worsted wool. The handwoven tape trim and ties are linen.
A ‘housewife’ (also known as hussif) was an 18th and 19th century sewing kit, used by both men and women. The pockets were used to hold sewing tools and its small size made it convenient to carry around.
This housewife measures 12” long and 5 1/2” wide when unrolled. It includes two large and two small pockets. Included in the kit are one pair of scissors, beeswax for strengthening thread, one sewing needle, ten straight pins, and a wooden thread winder with linen thread.