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on 29 August 2009
This book focuses on sewing and craft projects, which Jane Austen's characters were busy working on within the storylines of her novels. The Regency period crafts and needlework that are described in this book include: A fabric letter case, a linen pillowcase, a Cravet (a man's necktie-scarf), an embroidered workbag, paper flowers, a small coin purse, a knitted miser's purse, a huswife (fabric case for thread, scissors, and needles), a carpet-work pillow, a muff and tippet (neck wrap), a pin cushion, a thread case, a transparency (small painted glass decoration), a bonnet, a reticule (a drawstring purse), a knitted rug, and a muslin cap.
Instructions for each project include a photo of the finished item, drawn illustrations, and a supply list. Each project also suggests whether it is for beginners, intermediate crafters, or for the advanced.
The book is like a picture book; almost every page has some sort of illustration or decoration. Illustrations include period paintings and drawings that help illuminate how women lived and dressed during Jane Austen's day, and photographs of Regency period fabrics and furnishings. Even if you do not plan to recreate one of these period projects, it is a colorful book that gives a visual presentation of the home decor, crafts, and clothing styles during the period in which Jane Austen's novels take place.