Jennie Batchelor is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Kent and the author of several articles and books on eighteenth-century women’s writing and culture (especially dress and needlework). Jennie’s research project on the Lady’s Magazine led to her acquisition of a number of rare surviving embroidery patterns, some of which first saw the light of day at The Great Lady’s Magazine Stitch Off – an initiative to recreate these original patterns for a modern audience, a project which attracted worldwide interest. Several dozen of these were displayed at a 2016 exhibition on Jane Austen’s Emma at Chawton House Library. Since then Jennie has co-hosted embroidery workshops and given various public talks about the Stitch Off, embroidery, Jane Austen and Regency fashion in venues across the UK including the Cheltenham Literary Festival and for Lucy Worsley’s BBC documentary Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors. She has written about Jane Austen, fashion and embroidery for several blogs and magazines as well as many academic publications, and has recorded several popular podcasts for the likes of the New Statesman and Stitchery Stories. She is writing a new book about Jane Austen and embroidery in collaboration with Alison Larkin for publication in 2020.
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