It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a lady should cross stitch.
July marks 200 years since the death of Jane Austen and in celebration of her life and her outstanding contribution to the literary world, we are paying homage in the way we know best… Through cross stitch.
Jane Austen was born in December 1775 in Steventon, where she spent most of her life. Known for her six major novels, Jane Austen often explored the dependence on women to marry to gain their place in society, although she never married herself.
Adapted into TV series, films and plays, her books have become classics and a right of passage for any bookworm. Whether it’s the impossibly handsome Mr Darcy that takes your fancy or the sassy, high spirited Emma, the tales told by Jane Austen, speak to people of all ages and today remain a key part of literary teaching.
Riverdrift House has created two cross stitch kits which celebrate the works of Jane Austen. They are beautifully created, showing motifs and quotes from her novels. These works of art can take pride of place in a reading nook or lounge and will remind you of being entranced by the stories she tells.
Bothy Threads have also released their own cross stitch kit which depicts scenes and characters from Jane Austen’s six major books; Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey.
Jane Austen herself an accomplished needlewoman, as many women were at the time. She was considered to be especially skilled in satin stitch. Family History says that Jane embroidered this shawl (above).
Edward Austen-Knight remembered of his aunt that “Her needlework both plain and ornamental was excellent, and might almost have put a sewing machine to shame”.