Quote Jane


“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

zondag 4 april 2010

patchwork

 
There is mention of the ‘patchwork’ in a letter from Jane to Cassandra dated 1811,

“Have you remembered to collect pieces for the patchwork… we are at a standstill”. The coverlet has been attributed to Jane Austen, her Sister Cassandra and their Mother.

For many years the coverlet was displayed hanging over a rod in Jane Austen’s former bedroom,but recently the quilt received some conservation work and was cleaned. It is now currently displayed on a bed behind glass.
The Austen coverlet is a medallion style quilt, popular in this era. While many medallion quilts still exist to be viewed today, none are in the piecing style of the Austen coverlet.

The Austen’s hand pieced their coverlet in the English style. Tacking fabric pieces over paper and using tiny oversewing stitches to join the pieces together.

A quilt is a fabric ’sandwich’ of backing, lining and the top. Then, stitching (the quilting) is done through all three layers to hold the ’sandwich’ together.

The Austen Quilt has no lining and was simply stab stitched at regular intervals to stop it ballooning. It is not quilted and is therefore called a coverlet, although quite often referred to as Jane Austens Quilt.

The Austen Coverlet is a masterpiece in color value and placement. The Austen Ladies, paid extreme attention to detail., both in their fabric choices, and their placement. The fabrics are sewn mirror image , that is the left side of the coverlet is an exact mirror image of the right, even the tiny diamonds which make up the outer border area. This last point in particular fascinates and is an example of that attention to detail that I mentioned earlier.
It is clear to see, when looking at the original, that the rows of fabrics making up the bulk of the body of the quilt (the middle sized diamonds) are in alternating rows of light and medium toning.

The medium toned fabrics also contain predominately medium size prints, on different color backgrounds, whereas the lighter rows contain smaller print fabrics and are predominately cream and beige in color.

The outer border area of the Coverlet is made of approx 2400 tiny diamonds. These fabrics are predominately dark in toning, though not all.

The sashing of the coverlet is a dotted cream fabric; it is believed the dots may have originally been pink. But today, seems blue/black in appearance.

The central diamond of the coverlet is a chintz piece, with an image of flowers in a basket, topped by two dear little birds. Chintz (chintz is a glazed cotton) was quite often used in this era as a centerpiece/medallion in quilts. One should also note here, that in the era this coverlet was made, white, as we know it, did not exist. The white of this era was ivory to cream.

Green of this era, was commonly a yellow dye laid over blue, and the yellow quite often didn’t take, and faded over time.

1 opmerking:

  1. Merci a vous ,un plaisir de lire votre blog,je suis passionnée de J.Austen,ayant réalisé moi même
    ce coverlet ,j'ai d'autant plus de plaisir !
    Amicalement

    BeantwoordenVerwijderen

Austen werd geboren in Hampshire. Haar vader was een geestelijke. Het grootste deel van haar leven bleef zij in haar geboortestreek. Austen had zes broers en een oudere zuster, Cassandra, met wie zij zeer hecht was. Het enige onbetwiste portret van Jane Austen is een gekleurde schets die door Cassandra werd gemaakt en nu in de National Portrait Gallery in Londen hangt. In 1801 verhuisde de familie naar Bath. In 1802 werd Austen ten huwelijk gevraagd door de rijke Harris Bigg-Wither en zij stemde toe; de volgende dag deelde ze echter mee dat zij haar woord niet kon houden en trok haar instemming in. De reden hiervoor is niet bekend, maar Austen is nooit getrouwd. Na de dood van haar vader in 1805 woonden Jane, haar zuster en haar moeder daar nog verscheidene jaren tot zij in 1809 naar Chawton verhuisden. Hier had haar rijke broer Edward een landgoed met een plattelandshuisje, dat hij aan zijn moeder en zusters schonk (dit huis is tegenwoordig open voor het publiek). Zelfs nadat zij naam gemaakt had als romanschrijfster bleef zij in relatieve stilte leven, maar haar gezondheid ging sterk achteruit. Er wordt nu aangenomen dat zij de ziekte van Addison had, waarvan toen de oorzaak nog onbekend was. Ze reisde naar Winchester om behandeling te zoeken, maar stierf daar en werd begraven in de kathedraal.
Tot Austens beroemdste werk behoort de roman Emma. Het boek wordt vaak aangehaald vanwege de perfectie van vorm. Moderne critici blijven ook nieuwe perspectieven ontdekken op het scherpe commentaar van Austen betreffende de klasse van jonge, ongehuwde, aristocratische Engelse vrouwen in de vroege 19e eeuw.

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