My name is Jane Suzanne Carroll. I am a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Roehampton where I teach modules on children’s literature, (un)homely spaces in literature, and picture books. I’m also a crafter.
I find it hard to separate my academic work and my crafting because I took up crafting during my PhD (sometimes knitting is a lot more straightforward than writing…) and I’ve never got out of the habit of making things (sometimes as a way of thinking through a problem, sometimes as a kind of advanced procrastination) and so my research projects are often connected to a craft project.
I set up this blog because I wanted to share some of the things I’ve found while poking around in archives and relate some of the strange, wonderful and bonkers craft ideas I’ve come across. Each month (or as often as I can!), I’ll upload a vintage pattern or tutorial and share my attempts to follow it.
I’ll also post some of my original designs and share my thoughts on crafting and making. The original patterns on this blog are released under the creative commons share a-like attribution license. Feel free to circulate, change, and adapt as you. But be cool – and acknowledge me as the designer or offer a link back to the original pattern!
I like tea, hats, murder mysteries and going for walks. I hate miniature things and avocados.
You can find out more about me here.
I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a line at Jane(dot)Carroll(at)roehampton(dot)ac(dot)uk or follow me on Twitter @Jane_S_Carroll