If you love handicrafts, this books contains 18 projects, which involve sewing skills, needleworking, netting, painting, paper craft and knitting! Forest has set the projects in their history and literary context, placing Regency-era handiwork alongside extracts from the novels; an explanation of why women made such items; full color photos; and step-by-step instructions.
“Yes, all of them [are accomplished women] I think. They all paint tables, cover screens and net purses.” — Charles Bingley
Jennifer describes the book:
The projects in Jane Austen’s Sewing Box are both objects of beauty and useful for our contemporary lives. Using a range of techniques and readily-available materials and tools, the projects are easily accessible for all skill levels and interests.
All projects are modelled on:
- projects worked by Jane Austen’s characters
- work of her circle, and noted in her letters
- original objects from the Regency period
As a sewer-knitter-crocheter-needleworker, I can’t wait to see this book.
Look for information on Jennifer Forest, and Jane Austen’s Sewing Box, on her website. And stay tuned for a guest appearance by Jennifer on this blog…
[submitted by KM]