‘In quest of two needlefuls of thread’: Jane Austen, Needlework and Character

Join us for a lively illustrated talk by Maggie Lane and Angela Barlow, exploring the role of needlework in the plots of Jane Austen’s novels and the depiction of her characters.

Wednesday 22 June
11:00am — 12:00pm

It is well known that Jane Austen was clever with her needle, and several fine examples are to be seen in the museum at Chawton. But what role does needlework play in the plots of her novels and the depiction of her characters?  In this presentation, Maggie and Angela explore the ubiquity of sewing in women’s lives, the social as well as practical functions the activity fulfilled and, most fascinating of all, the purposes which Jane Austen made it serve in her fiction.


Maggie Lane is the author of many books, articles and talks about Jane Austen’s life and novels.  Her books include Growing Older with Jane Austen (2014) and On the Sofa with Jane Austen (2016).

Actor and writer Angela Barlow regularly speaks at literary events in the UK and US. She particularly enjoys collaborating with Maggie Lane, whose informative talks give her the opportunity to portray characters created by her favourite author, Jane Austen.

Date: Wednesday 22 June

Time: 11am – 12pm

Location: This event will take place at Jane Austen’s House in Chawton. Find us

Tickets: £7.50


🎫 Please note, this event ticket does not include House entry. If you wish to visit the House before or after the talk, please ensure that you book tickets separately.

💃 This event is part of Jane Austen Regency Week.