Online Embroidery workshop: Jane Austen’s Lavender Bag

Join us online for a calming, creative evening of embroidery and literature

Saturday 18 September
3:00pm — 9:00pm

‘she has nevertheless desired me to remind you to purchase for her two bottles of Steele’s Lavender Water when you are in Town,’

Jane Austen, Wednesday 14 January 1801

We are delighted to welcome embroidery expert and Royal School of Needlework tutor Chrissie Juno Mann to Chawton for this exclusive online workshop.

In this special evening event, Chrissie will lead a relaxing and inspiring session of hand embroidery, taking inspiration from the charming cottage garden at Jane Austen’s House. You will also enjoy a virtual House Tour by an expert guide, and lots of Jane Austen discussion throughout the evening!

Over the course of the workshop you will make a pretty lavender bag, using a combination of stitches including silk ribbon work and a wonderful ribbon woven wheel for the centre. By the end of the session you will have created a charming memento of Jane Austen’s House and will have the skills to create more in your own time!

Silk ribbon work embroidery design for a lavender bag, by Chrissie Juno Mann

Lavender, with its clean, floral scent, has been a popular way to naturally scent baths, bed clothes and even hair from Roman times onwards. In the Regency era, lavender was predominantly used as a floral water or as dried flowers, placed in linen closets and dressing rooms to keep bugs at bay. It was also used as a medicinal herb, to help revive and refresh ladies in illness or distress.

Jane Austen would have been very familiar with it. In 1801 she asked Cassandra to purchase lavender water whilst she was in town, and a recipe for lavender water features in Martha Lloyd’s Household Book, kept whilst she lived with the Austens at Chawton. It also features in the novels – in Sense & Sensibility, Lady Middleton’s daughter is doused with lavender water by the attentive Miss Steeles.

Today, the pretty cottage garden at Jane Austen’s House is heady with lavender flowers in summer, as it would have been in Jane Austen’s day. Our exclusive embroidery design takes inspiration from the garden to create a pretty and practical lavender bag.

Alongside Chrissie’s expert tuition, the workshop will include an exclusive live session with an expert from Jane Austen’s House, sharing the treasures and beauties of the House with you. There will be plenty of time for questions and chat throughout the session, over a (virtual) cup of tea!

This course is suitable for someone with some stitch experience.

Lavender in the garden at Jane Austen’s House

The Essentials:

Date: Saturday 18 September

Time: 3pm – 9pm (British Summertime)

Cost: £130


Your ticket includes:

  • An exclusive embroidery kit, created by Chrissie Juno Mann in collaboration with Jane Austen’s House, providing everything you need for the workshop. It will also contain a detailed instruction booklet that will allow you to recreate this embroidery design in the future.
  • Virtual House tour led by an expert from Jane Austen’s House.
  • The capacity for this event will be kept very low, to allow everyone to have as much of Chrissie’s time and expertise as possible.

About the tutor

Chrissie Juno Mann is an award-winning artist and hand embroiderer and a qualified tutor for the Royal School of Needlework. Based in the heart of the New Forest, she trained as a specialist in the art of hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace. She teaches around the UK, both for the RSN and independently, creating inspiring day classes and embroidery retreats, as well as creating her own work.

Chrissie’s love of animals and the environment underlies much of her work, along with an interest in cultural history. She loves working with historical homes and unique sites of interest to create exciting classes that appeal to their visitors.

Find more about Chrissie at

About the embroidery kit:

The embroidery kit has been specially created by Chrissie Juno Mann in collaboration with Jane Austen’s House for this event; it includes all the materials you need to complete the project.

Please bring your own scissors and embroidery hoop (6” or 8” seat frame or clap hoop).

Contact details:

Please provide an appropriate postal address with your booking, and a valid email address, so we can ensure the kit and the link to join the event online reach you safely.

For UK orders: kits will be sent out at least two weeks prior to the event by registered post.

For international orders: kits will be sent out at least one month before the event date.


We will do everything we can to ensure that this event can go ahead as planned, however we retain the right to cancel or postpone the event if necessary, in which case you will be entitled to a full refund.