The housewife was a long piece of fabric with different hand sewing accessories included in pockets and such inside.
I made a pocket for buttons and lace, and also a pocket for holding my bone thread winders.
Also in my kit is a pair of period embroidery scissors and a few pieces of flannel for holding pins and sewing needles.
I embroidered my initials on one of the pockets. It was common for ladies to mark their clothing and accessories with their initials.
After tucking all of the sewing tools away, it easily rolls up and is tied by a ribbon sewn to the back.
Also, the perks of working at a museum......
plenty of sites to photograph all of your projects on your lunch break. ;)
Have a lovely morning!