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Jane Austen Embroidery

Authentic embroidery projects for modern stitchers

Jennie Batchelor Alison Larkin



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20 January 2020
Art & Architecture; Art & design styles: Arts & Crafts style; Embroidery crafts
Jane Austen was as skilful with a needle as she was with a pen. This unique book from Jennie Batchelor and Alison Larkin showcases recently discovered 18th century embroidery patterns expertly repurposed into 15 exciting modern stitching projects. The patterns and projects are brought to life with glimpses into the world of Regency women and their domestic lives by lively historical features, quotes from Jane Austen's letters and novels, enchanting illustrations and inspirational project photography.

The book opens with an illustrated introduction on amateur embroidery and the vital role it played in the daily lives of women in Jane Austen's Britain. Next comes the materials and methods section, clearly explaining the key stitches, as well as providing information on threads, fabrics and frames. The practical chapter includes 15 projects for modern items. The projects are divided into three main sections according to the item the 18th century pattern was originally intended for with patterns for different skill levels:

Dress to Impress: Embroidered Clothes: Projects include Sprig starter pattern, Pencil case, Clutch Purse, Apron and Housewife How do you like my trimming?: Embroidered Accessories: Projects include Set of napkins, Mobile Phone Pouch, Tablet or e-reader sleeve, Reticule and Shawl A 'nest of comforts': embroidery for the home: Projects include Box top, Workbag, Cushion, Sewing set and Tablecloth It is more than likely that Jane herself would have used these very patterns for her own embroidery, and now, with Jennie and Alison's help, readers can stitch-along with Jane to make a selection of beautifully embroidered, practical items.
By:   Jennie Batchelor, Alison Larkin
Imprint:   Pavilion
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 193mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   720g
ISBN:   9781911624400
ISBN 10:   1911624407
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   20 January 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jennie Batchelor is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Kent and the author of five books and many articles and book chapters. Jennie has co-hosted embroidery workshops and given various talks about embroidery, Jane Austen and Regency fashion for many events, including Lucy Worsley's BBC documentary 'Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors'. Alison Larkin is a practising embroiderer who lectures on various aspects of needlework. She regularly runs classes and workshops. She has won many awards and written for the journals Costume and The Journal of Dress History.

Reviews for Jane Austen Embroidery: Authentic embroidery projects for modern stitchers

'A very accessible book and one that will appeal to a variety of readers ... [I am] much looking forward to settling down to make some of the articles given in it.' -- Mary Hogg, * Jane Austen Society * 'If you're a bone fide Austen fan, this novel book has plenty of embroidery ideas you can stitch with pride (no prejudice in sight!).' * Simply Sewing *

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