Book lovers and Jane Austen fans looking for their next crafting project need look no further!
Beadwork designer Chloe Menage ofPinkhot Jewellery has teamed up with Hampshire Cultural Trust to create a brand new Jane Austen beading kit inspired by the great author’s life.
Crafters will be able to stitch a beautiful Regency-inspired pendant that features an exclusive cabochon bearing a copy of a poem penned in Jane’s own hand.
Background to the Jane Austen Beading Kit
The Jane Austen Pendant Kit has grown out of a joint project between Hayling Island-based artist Chloe
and Hampshire Cultural Trust.
Jane Austen, one of the world’s most famous authors, spent a majority of her life in the historic and beautiful county of Hampshire. Its houses, countryside and people provided the inspiration for many of her novels.
Several of Jane’s personal belongings are on display at Winchester City Museum which is run by Hampshire Cultural Trust.
In 2015, the trust commissioned a selection of artists to create works inspired by items in this collection. Chloe chose from these a poem written by Jane in February 1811 entitled ‘I’ve a pain in my head’, and a tiny green crochet purse decorated with gold beads as inspiration to create this stunning pendant.
Chloe says: “I loved that the poem was penned by Jane herself, and set out to create a unique piece that captured her prose. I turned a copy of the manuscript into handmade glass cabochons which can be stitched around with tiny beads.”
Who will enjoy this kit?
Designed for anyone, even those with little or no beading experience, each kit includes one of these bespoke handmade cabochons, plus all the beads and materials.
There are clear instructions with step-by-step photographs and diagrams in a handy booklet.
For those already with beading experience the Jane Austen beading kit is a joy to make using a combination of peyote stitch and bead embroidery techniques.
“It was an honour to be involved in this project and it’s wonderful that others can now enjoy creating their own Jane Austen-inspired beaded jewellery!” says Chloe.
The kits cost £23 and include all the materials required; all that’s needed are some sharp scissors and a little fabric glue.
The Jane Austen Pendant kits can be purchased online from www.pinkhot.co.uk or from the gift shops at Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton, The Wills Museum in Basingstoke and Winchester City Museum.
About Pinkhot Jewellery
Pinkhot Jewellery is owned and run by Chloe Menage – Chloe is a Hampshire-based designer and maker of intricate beaded jewellery. An experienced jewellery designer and teacher, Chloe was previously Editor of popular publicationBead & Jewellerymagazine and online TV channel Bead.TV.
She is a Starman Trendsetter alumni and regularly contributes to bead and craft magazines. Chloe teaches her colourful designs at craft shops and arts venues up and down the country.
Jane Austen components and necklace design and instructions © Chloe Menage/Pinkhot Jewellery.
About Hampshire Cultural Trust
Hampshire Cultural Trust operates and funds 23 museums, galleries and art centres across Hampshire. The trust proudly champions world-class culture and exists to showcase, connect and empower Hampshire’s creative economy.
The independent charity works collaboratively to bring organisations, people and ideas together for greater impact, with customer focus at its core. To find out more and for a full list of attractions operated by Hampshire Cultural Trust visit www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk