Jennie Batchelor to host ‘Crafting through COVID’ virtual event

Crafting Through COVID event

Professor Jennie Batchelor, Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies in the School of English, will host ‘Crafting through COVID: A Virtual Sew Along and Conversation‘ with practising embroiderer Alison Larkin at 7pm on Wednesday 16 September 2020.

‘Crafting Through COVID’ will be a virtual event during which participants are invited to share images and videos of their creative work and experiences of making during the pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a resurgence in handicrafts as ever more people recognise the health benefits of making. From 2015, when Jennie discovered and published a cache of presumed lost embroidery patterns from the Lady’s Magazine (1770-1832), people around the world have been reproducing these beautiful designs.

Following the publication of Jane Austen Embroidery (Pavilion Books, 2020), written by Jennie and Alison Larkin, interest in the patterns has grown and their motifs are finding their way onto a range of modern objects from tote bags to face masks.

All ‘Crafting through COVID’ participants will receive free instructions for a new project based on a 1798 design featured in the Lady’s Magazine.

For further details, please contact Jennie at

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