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These are the last two embroideries for my new quilt project, “Jane Austen’s Bonnet” by Brenda Ryan.

This quilt is a wall-hanging, and features 20 diamond patches that are embroidered with various stitcheries on a Regency theme. The embroideries are nicely framed within the patchwork structure of the quilt and the result is very pretty.

These last two embroideries are quotes and are not in the original quilt. These replace some of the flower embroideries that weren’t really my style. After I searched up some quotes, I printed up a design on my computer that could be traced onto the fabric and then embroidered.

A quote

A quote from Jane Austen’s letters to her sister, Cassandra.

This quote is from one of Jane Austen’s letters to her sister, Cassandra.

Next week shall begin my operations on my hat, on which you know my principal hopes of happiness depend.

I thought a hat quote was essential in a Jane Austen’s Bonnet Quilt! The embroidery is done with a backstitch in one strand of DMC embroidery cotton. I should have done two strands, as all of the other quotes have used two strands.

A quote

A quote from “Emma”, by Jane Austen.

The above quote is from Emma, by Jane Austen.

If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am. You hear nothing by the truth from me.

Mr Knightley says these words to Emma as he tries to find a way to ask her to be his wife. This embroidery has also been stitched with a backstitch, but using two strands of DMC embroidery cotton. I have also stitched a quick running stitch around the outside of the diamonds to mark the stitching line, which I hope will be useful when I put the quilt together.

Stay tuned for the last post of this series, Part Eleven, where I will be putting the quilt together and finishing it all off! – coming soon.

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The next two embroideries I had planned to do for my project, the “Jane Austen’s Bonnet” quilt by Brenda Ryan, were ones of Regency men. These embroideries are not included in the original quilt, but I chose to replace four floral arrangements in the quilt that weren’t really my style.

The easiest way to get a suitable picture to embroider seemed to be to find a fashion plate of the era. I particularly wanted pictures that had very little of the face showing, as I find faces quite difficult to embroider. The first picture I found was of my intended “Mr Bingley” portrait.

Costume Paresian, 1809.

“Habit de Drap Vert Melange. Culotte de Peau Blanche.” Costume Parisien, 1809.

Google Translate kindly translated the French for me: “Green coat cloth mix. White leather breeches.”

The next image was for my intended “Mr Darcy” portrait.

Costume Parisien, 1806.

“Habit a Pattes de Redingotte. Culotte blanche de Veloursacotes.” Costume Parisien, 1806.

Google Translate also translated the French for me on this one, although a little more cryptically: “Great coat dress has legs. White pants corduroy.” One day I will learn French, but at least you get the idea.

I used a light box to trace an outline of the images in fine-liner, only copying the detail that I wanted to include. Then I enlarged my fine-liner copy to the size needed for the quilt. The enlarged copy was then traced (again with the aid of a light box) on to the material to be embroidered.

The first one to complete was “Mr Bingley”.

Mr Bingley was good looking and gentlemanlike; he had a pleasing countenance, and easy, unaffected manners.

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

Mr Bingley, embroidered

Mr Bingley, embroidered, wearing a dark green coat and buckskin breeches.

This embroidery uses backstitch, running stitch, colonial knots, satin stitch and whipped chain stitch.

The second embroidery to complete was “Mr Darcy”.

…Mr Darcy soon drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien; and the report which was in general circulation within five minutes after his entrance, of his having ten thousand a year.”

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

Mr Darcy, embroidered

Mr Darcy, embroidered, with a dark blue coat and grey breeches.

This embroidery uses backstitch, running stitch, and colonial knots, with some gold beading being used for the buttons. I quite like how they have turned out!

I have also stitched a quick running stitch around the outside of the diamond to mark the stitching line.

The last two embroideries of the quilt will be included in the next post, Part Ten.

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Image Source: Regency man fashion plate, from 1809 – via Pinterest

Image Source: Regency man fashion plate, from 1806 – via Pinterest

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One of the stitcheries from the "Jane Austen's Bonnet" quilt.

One of the stitcheries from the “Jane Austen’s Bonnet” quilt.

I am so excited about the beginnings of my next project, the quilt “Jane Austen’s Bonnet”, by Brenda Ryan.

This quilt is a wall-hanging, and features 20 diamond patches that are embroidered with various stitcheries on a Regency theme. The embroideries are nicely framed within the patchwork structure of the quilt and the result is very pretty.

I decided to begin with the four “quote” stitcheries, just to get my fingers in the mood!

This post contains the third and fourth embroideries that I have completed, but neither of these two quotes I have chosen are included in the original quilt design. For some reason, the two other quotes did not appeal to me much, so I searched up some more quotes and printed up a design on my computer that could be traced and then embroidered.

A quote from Persuasion.

A quote from “Persuasion”, by Jane Austen.

The above quote is from “Persuasion”, by Jane Austen, at the part where Captain Wentworth declares his undying love to Anne Elliot in a letter.

A quote from one of Jane Austen's letters to her sister, Cassandra.

A quote from one of Jane Austen’s letters.

This quote is from one of Jane Austen’s letters to her sister, Cassandra. It refers to a patchwork they are working on, using the English paper piecing method.

All of the writing has been stitched with 2 strands of DMC embroidery thread in a backstitch. I have also stitched a quick running stitch around the outside of the diamond to mark the stitching line, which I hope will be useful when I put the quilt together.

Stay tuned for Part Three of this series.

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One of the stitcheries from the "Jane Austen's Bonnet" quilt.

One of the stitcheries from the “Jane Austen’s Bonnet” quilt.

For the last two years I have had a quilt on my to-do list, “Jane Austen’s Bonnet”, by Brenda Ryan.

I fell in love with this quilt when I saw one that a friend of mine had completed, and I decided that I would love to do one.

This quilt is a wall-hanging, and features 20 diamond patches that are embroidered with various stitcheries on a Regency theme. The embroideries are nicely framed within the patchwork structure of the quilt and the result is very pretty.

My colour scheme will be purple and green, and I will post my progress as I go. My plan is to post two stitcheries at a time, over 10 posts, with a final post on the finished quilt.

I decided to begin with the four “quote” stitcheries, just to get my fingers in the mood! Here are the first two.

The first two stitcheries for my quilt. The left one is a quote from "Pride and Prejudice", and the right one is taken from one of Jane's letters to her sister.

The first two stitcheries for my quilt.

The left quote is from the first line of “Pride and Prejudice”, by Jane Austen. The right one is taken from one of Jane’s letters to her sister. All of the writing has been stitched with 2 strands of DMC embroidery thread in a backstitch.

I have also stitched a quick running stitch around the outside of the diamond to mark the stitching line, which I hope will be useful when I put the quilt together.

Stay tuned for Part Two of this series.

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