A simple pleasure for Jane fans, craft fans and social history fans. The author has trawled Jane's novels and personal papers to identify craft activities and designed simple projects to illustrate the idea. The background is given in extracts from these papers. The sewing instructions do, I think, presume a level of sewing knowledge as some of the steps are not clear, however, the book can be read as a delicious journey into Jane Austen's world without any intention of actually doing the craft . Step back into time with relish .... then come forward and say thankyou for modern sewing machines etc and not having the responsibility of providing all your family's clothing by hand! Very pretty.