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  • Publisher: Pavilion
  • Edition: BB Hardback
  • Publication: 02 March 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781911624400
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Size: 193x235 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: £16.99
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Jane Austen Embroidery


Authentic embroidery projects for modern stitchers by Jennie Batchelor & Alison Larkin

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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 historical embroidery. Next comes the materials and methods section, clearly explaining the key stitches, as well as providing information on threads, fabrics and frames. The practical section includes 15 projects for modern items, with patterns for different skill levels.

About the Author

About Jennie Batchelor

Jennie Batchelor is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Kent and the author of five books and has contributed to many books and articles. 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.

About Alison Larkin

As a practising embroiderer, Alison Larkin 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.



Jane Austen wasn't just an accomplished novelist, she was also a talented stitcher. This book brings embroidery of her time to life with charming illustrations, essays on prevailing fashions and crafts, as well as reprints of rare and beautiful magazine patterns - many not seen for over 200 years. There are 15 fabulous historical embroidery projects. So you can learn traditional techniques whilst creating modern accessories from an elegant muslin shawl to a monogrammed tablet sleeve. It's perfect for any fan of Jane Austen's work!

Crafts Beautiful

This year is all about Jane, with a number of books and movies inspired by her work scheduled for release. Jennie Batchelor and Alison Larkin showcase 18th century patterns that have been repurposed into lovely modern projects, alongside glimpses into the lives of Regency women and quotes from Austen herself.


Issue March/April

It's interesting to appreciate needlework in the context of the time and place it was produced. In this book, we learn that Jane Austen was as skilful with a needle as she was with a pen, and that a likely source of her inspiration was The Lady's Magazine, one of the most popular periodicals of the Regency era to include embroidery patterns. Jennie Batchelor, Professor of 18th-century Studies at the University of Kent, recently discovered these patterns, and Alison Larkin has repurposed them into 15 stitch projects for the book.

An introduction offers a fascinating overview of embroidery in Austen's Britain, with each chapter (on embroidered fashions, accessories, the home) expanding on this, with frequent references to Austen's characters' attire, or her life and letters.

Simply Sewing

If you're a bona fide Austen fan, this novel book has plenty of embroidery ideas you can stitch with pride (no prejudice in sight!) Authentic 18th century patterns have been repurposed into 15 contemporary projects, with a sprinkling of historical facts throughout.

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