I received another lovely new book a couple of days ago from Amazon (now isn’t that nice of Amazon to just send me books?! :P)! Happy me! 🙂 This book is one that I’ve long wanted, ever since I was first told of it by a lady who works in a bookstore and who recommended it to me after finding out that two big interests of mine are sewing and Jane Austen. This book is called The Jane Austen Sewing Box, (by Jennifer Forest) and as might be guessed by the title its a book about sewing in Jane Austen’s era. Just by the title alone I knew that I wanted to have this book! Sewing and Jane Austen! It can hardly get any better!
I found it a little strange that I hadn’t heard anything about this book before. It’s a new book and I would have thought that I should have heard about it somewhere at least…
Now, I haven’t actually read it yet. Like I said I got it a couple of days ago, and I honestly haven’t had any time at all for reading since then. But I’ve looked through it, and I can tell you that it is a beautiful book!
“Craft projects & stories from Jane Austen’s novels” is what it says it is on the cover.There are instructions for making 16 different craft projects, each of which are somewhere mentioned in the novels. Those things are: letter case, pillowcase and cravat, workbag, paper flowers, purses, huswife, carpetwork, muff and tippet, pin cushion and thread case, transparency, bonnet, reticule, knitted rug and muslin cap.
There is like a chapter for all of these different things. A chapter with historic information about the item in question, how it was used and what it was made of and why (at least that’s what I believe, but like I said, I haven’t actually read it yet…). There are quotes from the books where it is mentioned, and then a couple of pages of instructions of how to make the thing yourself. So as a craft book I don’t really know if it’s the best, but it is indeed uncommonly beautiful! There are plenty of pictures. Pictures of Regency style things, small details, fashion plates and paintings. And the whole layout of the book makes it look very pretty I think.
So even if I don’t know how much use I will have of it as a craft book I am sure that I will enjoy it very much anyway! And I can’t wait to get around to reading it! We’ll see if I post more about it, once I actually know what it’s about… 😛