Recently my friends and I spent a weekend away at a cottage in Daylesford and I found myself tucked up in a giant four posted bed once again relishing the opening paragraph of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.
Marty had graciously pointed out the giant copy of The Complete Works of the Bronte Sisters to me in the op-shop and I quickly snapped it up as a book to keep in the car for my many and varied trips to country Victoria.
But alas I was barely up to the second chapter when my Daylesford weekend came to an end and I found myself longing for another trip away so that I could take up with Jane again and immerse myself in her humble world. Some time later I had a weekend away at my mums and there she was at last with her terrible orphan years but I was barely introduced to Mr Rochester before the book was out of my hands and tucked under the seat of the Volvo once again.
Which gave me an idea......
Since Jane Eyre was decidedly my 'away' reading and I was going to be home for a while, why not bring her to life in cloth instead???
So I did.
A black wool cloak seemed the most fitting. Green eyes and brown hair.
I could not bare to give her a black dress as well, I felt she deserved a little bit of colour in her life.
Though somewhat ill-fitting for a character who speaks thus:
"My habitual mood of humiliation, self-doubt, forlorn depression, fell damp on the embers of my decaying ire."
I could not resist the dusk red lining.
She is for sale now at Thread Den's new store on Brunswick St. Sitting in the front window looking exactly like the clever yet reserved lady of her namesake.
The new store is beautiful and full of gorgeous things and the Thread Den girls have done such a great job with the art deco styling. You truly must drop in if you are ever passing by 422 Brunswick st Fitzroy.
In the meantime it is the Easter holidays and I am again away with my family and Jane Eyre (the novel) is tucked up just where it should be with me nightly:)