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Sat, Apr 15



ONLINE: The Hussif: a Travel Sewing Kit with Jody Alexander

Renowned artist, Jody Alexander, has created a special offering just for Hello Stitch! Begin by having Jody walk you through embellishing your fabric in a series of videos and then attend a real-time online workshop to create your own traveling sewing kit based on the historic Hussif.

This class is SOLD OUT! Please contact us if you would like to be put on the waitlist.
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ONLINE: The Hussif: a Travel Sewing Kit with Jody Alexander
ONLINE: The Hussif: a Travel Sewing Kit with Jody Alexander

Time & Location

Apr 15, 2023, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM PDT


About the Event

ONLINE: The Hussif: a Travel Sewing Kit with Jody Alexander

Just for Hello Stitch! Personalize your Hussif by embellishing your fabric with videos from Jody Alexander that you can view at your leisure. 

Construct the Hussif with Jody Alexander, Saturday, April 15, 1pm - 3:30pm 

The term “Hussif” is short for “huswif” or “housewife”, and is a word used to describe these historical travel sewing kits. In the 18 th and 19 th centuries, sewists, sailors, and soldiers alike carried a hussif. In this workshop, students will create their own hand stitched hussif that contains three pockets for stashing threads, small scissors or snips, thimble, fabric scraps, etc. There is also an area at the bottom for pins, needles and safety pins. The huswif is designed to be rolled up, tied, and easily carried in a pocket, bag, or luggage, and keeps your supplies neat and tidy during your travels, while attending a workshop, or around the house. This is a perfect project to use up fabric scraps since the pocket sizes are relatively small and the backing can be pieced together.

In this special Hello Stitch workshop students will have access to two videos before the zoom workshop on surface design: hand painting fabric, and stencil cutting and printing. The videos give students the opportunity to prepare painted and stenciled fabrics for the workshop.

This entire project is authentically created by hand, no sewing machine needed.

Finished product is: 4 ½ x 15 unrolled

Skill level: ✂️

This class is for all creatives!! 


The video and supply list will be emailed upon registration. 

About the instructor: 

Jody Alexander is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Santa Cruz and Penn Valley, California. She combines textiles, paper, found items and imagery to create books, objects, wall pieces, garments, and installations. Her current work is inspired by the art of repair, reuse, and imagery and stories encountered in her travels and everyday.

She is the 2015 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, and in 2019 she was an artist in residence at the Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility SCRAP program. Her work appears in a number of publications including Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artists, 500 Handmade Books (Vol. I & II), and 1000 Artists’ Books: Exploring the Book as Art.

Jody teaches and exhibits nationally and internationally. 

Cancellation Policy:

Please select your class carefully, we will not be able to issue refunds for online classes. You can, however transfer the class to a friend, just let us know before class starts. No refunds will be given for late arrivals or no-shows. However, class will be recorded and available for viewing for two weeks after class.


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