It’s no secret that I love crafting almost as much as reading. When the two come together it’s a magical thing indeed – craft collections inspired by fiction are one of my favourite things. No other author has made as much as an impression on my craft collection as Jane Austen. Just look at this stack!
My collection began when Interweave started publishing Jane Austen Knits. There’s a great mix or articles and projects, and I like the fact that the projects are inspired by, rather than made for, Jane and her world. For the most part these are projects you could actually use in daily life, but the nod to Austen is a delightful touch for those in the know.
Jane Austen Quilts features a quilt inspired by each of her novels, plus the quilt Austen made along with her sister and mother. There’s a brief introduction to each project and an introductory essay at the beginning, but otherwise it’s just straight up quilt patterns.
Jane Austen’s Sewing Box covers a variety of crafts. I’m not too sure about this book – it’s well researched and the photography is beautiful, but it gets repetitive pretty quickly and there’s a lot of visual filler. It’s a good book but I think I just expected more from it.
It’s not exactly a craft book, but gardens and the outdoors feature prominently in Austen’s books, so it was nice to read more about them in In the Garden With Jane Austen. And the photography! It makes me long for misty spring mornings.
And then, just for fun, there’s the Marvel adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels. I wasn’t too fond of the Pride and Prejudice one – it’s the first in the series and they went with a very traditional superhero look for the artwork, all wrong for the subject matter. They changed artistic style for the later ones and I feel like they capture the tone of the novels much better.
So there you have it, my Jane Austen collection. Well, part of it at least – we won’t even start on all the different editions of the books there are, not to mention prequels, sequels, and movie adaptations!