Needle case made by Jane Austen


Jane Austen made this simple paper case for holding needles as a gift for her niece Louisa. Austen herself was a fine needlewoman, as were many women of her class: needlework, like music, drawing, dancing and modern languages, was a desirable female accomplishment. Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother produced an intricate and beautiful patchwork coverlet while living in Chawton, Hampshire.

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