Northern Society of Costume and Textiles
THE NORTHERN SOCIETY
OF COSTUME AND TEXTILES
Date:
07/05/2022
Title:
Serendipity: Jane Austen, Embroidery and The Lady's Magazine
Venue:
Quaker Meeting House, Friargate off Castlegate, YORK


The Society's "Welcome Back" talk and presentation was given by Alison Larkin who told us about the development of her new book Embroidery and Lane Austen. She explained how serendipity has played a large part in her collaborations and research, even managing to visit Australia and New Zealand following initial study of Captain Cook's waistcoat made by his wife. Alison explained the rarity of knowing the maker of a piece of work as we usually only know who owned an item and maybe its geographical origins.
She went on to say what a large part was played by The Lady magazine enabling people to get designs to copy on to a wide range of items from 1770 to 1820's.
Alison's presentation in full period costume set the scene beautifully.   Lynn Beech