Hand stitched historical sewing roll workshop

Sat Sep 25 2021 at 02:30 pm to 04:00 pm

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Blackheath Embroiderers
Publisher/HostBlackheath Embroiderers
Hand stitched historical sewing roll workshop
Making a hand stitched sewing roll or 'huswif' inspired by historical textiles and using offcuts, repurposed textiles and threads.
About this Event

In the first of our series of workshops following the theme of 'Mending Our Ways' we are starting as we mean to go on by using oddments of fabric and thread to build a sewing roll to keep us organised through the creative months ahead. We are being inspired by the beautifully stitched sewing rolls or 'Huswifs' created since the 18th century.

A huswif was a case containing sewing supplies; some rolled up and some folded. During the American Civil War women often made them for loved ones serving in the armed forces so they could sew on buttons and mend their uniforms. During WWI and WWII women’s sewing groups made and included these sewing kits in care packages, making them a popular item among soldiers. Some soldiers took up needlework as a recreation. Embroidery became therapeutic for wounded soldiers. The “huswife”became a standard army issue of the British Military to their soldiers up until the 1960’s.

Our new workshop theme is centred on sustainability and mindfulness in stitch. By starting with this symbol of thrift and wellbeing across gender and time we hope to set ourselves on track for a gentle creative season of workshops.

The workshop is suitable for all, regardless of experience and will focus on ways to creatively combine pattern and stitch in pursuit of a practical outcome with a little textile history for good measure!

We will be meeting in person at The Quaker meeting Room, Lawn Terrace, Blackheath, London and online via Zoom.

More details and patterns etc will be added to this listing nearer the time.


Members of the Blackheath Embroiderers group should please use their membership discount code when booking.

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