Category Archives: Hobbies & Crafts

Aspects of Regency Passtimes

Embroidery Patterns in the Regency

Regency ladies planning a new embroidery project could not just pop down to the local stitchery shop to select a printed pattern which suited their purposes, like many needlewomen are able to do today. Certainly, there was no such thing … Continue reading

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Before the Camera:   Bird Prints

People have always been fascinated by birds, for these creatures, unlike humans, were not earth-bound. They had the power of flight, to soar freely through the air at will, unimpeded by any obstacle. In addition, many of them sported beautiful … Continue reading

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Quill-Work or Quilling?

This delicate craft had been known for more than five hundred years when it became popular once again in the late eighteenth century. A popularlity which continued right through the Regency, especially among gently-bred ladies of the upper and middle … Continue reading

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The Making of Regency Books

Wednesday, 30 October 1811, is generally accepted as the official date of publication of Jane Austen’s first novel, Sense and Sensibility. Though it was not the first novel Austen wrote, it was the first one she would see in print. … Continue reading

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Regency Colormen

It is certainly true that Regency gentlemen, particularly dandies, prefered brightly-colored clothing. But they are not the "colormen" who are to be the subject of this article. Rather, I will discuss the true Regency colormen, those who made and sold … Continue reading

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Painting Front to Back — Painting on Glass

Embroidery, drawing and the playing of a musical instrument are all accomplishments of young ladies who figure in Regency novels. But there was another accomplishment practiced by many of the young ladies who lived during the Regency which I have … Continue reading

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The English Print Room Phenomenon

In recent weeks I have written about both paper-hangings and the private display of art during the Regency. Those divergent topics intersected during the second half of the eighteenth century and through the decade of the Regency to produce a … Continue reading

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