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“It is very pretty, madam,” said he, gravely examining it;“but I do not think it will wash well; I am afraid it will fray.”
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Don’t Be “A-Frayed”:  Looking at Fabrics and Needlework in Northanger Abbey and Beyond with Optional Whitework Project with Christina Papp

Saturday, May 12, 2018

1:00 pm – 4 pm

Panera Bread, Oakland

3401 Blvd. of the Allies

Muslin, and talk about muslin, play a significant role in Northanger Abbey.  Catherine Morland’s first conversation with Henry Tilney is about her sprigged muslin dress and its properties.  We will take an actual look at fabrics and needlework mentioned in Northanger Abbey and other Austen works and letters.  Christina Papp, JASNA member and historical clothing and fabrics buff, will be sharing her insights, fabric swatches & images of extant garments and fashion plates as we read relevant excerpts.   There will be an optional whitework embroidery project for those wishing to participate.

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Whitework Embroidery Project

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  “–I beleive [sic] I must work a muslin cover in sattin [sic] stitch, to keep it from the dirt.”

Jane Austen Letter 65 to Cassandra Austen, dated Tuesday 17-Wednesday 18 January 1809

 

Try your hand at this simple and elegant fabric embellishment widely used during Jane Austen’s lifetime and beyond.
Authentic historical patterns will be available for your use.
Bring your own supplies or purchase a kit that includes all supplies needed for a starter whitework hand-embroidery project.

If you bring your own supplies:

  • White cotton fabric to embroider (pre-shrink and iron it first)
  • White cotton embroidery thread
  • Needle that fits your thread
  • Embroidery hoop that fits your fabric (5- to 8-inch are easy to handle)
  • Basic sewing kit that includes scissors, pencil or disappearing marker for tracing pattern, thimble if you use one

Kit for purchase:

  • Whitework cotton embroidery thread
  • Cotton kerchief, about a 21-inch square (pre-shrunk and ironed)
  • Wooden embroidery hoop
  • Needle

Cost: $6, payable at meeting.  Must be reserved by May 4.  Send email to Christina at janeaustenpgh@gmail.com to reserve a kit.

 

 

 


 

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