!! SOLD OUT!! Introduction to Patchwork

Join us for a relaxed and enjoyable patchwork workshop - perfect for beginners. Under the eye of our experienced tutor, you'll stitch a patchwork flower to decorate a cotton tote bag or a card, and learn the skills to complete another project at home.

Saturday 28 May
2:00pm — 4:30pm

“This workshop should carry a health warning – I have been bitten by the patchwork bug  and cannot stop!”

Cathy,  Colonial Williamsburg 2019


Join us for a fun and relaxed patchwork workshop, perfect for beginners!

We’ll be inspired by one of the treasures of the collection – a beautiful patchwork coverlet made by Jane, her sister and her mother, using a technique called English paper piecing.

Within the workshop we will enjoy a short, illustrated talk on the history and technique of patchwork, and we’ll visit the exquisite patchwork quilt created by Jane Austen and her mother and sister, on display in the House, and learn about the many intricate details in this unique piece.

Returning to the Learning Centre, we’ll pick up our needles and have a go for ourselves – we’ll help you to make a pretty patchwork hexagon flower which you can applique to a bag or attach to a card, to take away with you. We’ll even send you away with the materials to continue your patchworking journey at home!

All materials will be provided, but please bring a pair of scissors with you, if possible.

Stitching is thirsty work so we’ll provide plenty of tea and cake to keep you going!


Date: Saturday 28 May

Time: 2pm – 4.30pm GMT

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

Tickets: £35


🫖 Stitching is thirsty work, so naturally this event will include tea and plenty of cake. If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know after booking.

🎫 Please note, this event ticket does not include access to Jane Austen’s House (although we will go into the House as a group to see the Austen family quilt). If you wish to visit the House before the workshop, please ensure that you book tickets separately.

About the tutor:

Sue Dell, Collections Volunteer

After many years working in education Sue is now a volunteer in the Collections team at Jane Austen’s House. She has researched the stunning and unique coverlet made by Jane Austen, her sister, Cassandra, and their mother, which is displayed at the Museum.

She regularly gives talks on this and other Austen subjects both in UK and USA, including Washington DC, Colonial Williamsburg and Kansas. She was also involved in the planning and construction of the Community Quilt made to mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.