Alison Larkin: Historical Hand Embroidery  and Costume Historian

Alison Larkin Shares Her Life In Fabric & Thread  here on the Stitchery Stories embroidery podcast . She chats with Susan Weeks about her love of historical hand embroidery and 18th century historical costume – particularly waistcoats. Alison chats about her fascinating project to re-create and then finish Captain James Cook’s ‘unfinished’ waistcoat. His wife Elizabeth started it for him but sadly he died before she finished it. Alison researched the story and the actual waistcoat to faithfully make her finished copy – which is absolutely beautiful!

Continue reading to discover the highlights of our chat and to see examples of Alison’s embroidery. 

Susan Weeks chats with Alison about:

  • Making & wearing historical costume,
  • Captain Cook’s Waistcoat,
  • travelling to Australia & New Zealand for waistcoat research,
  • working on a small scale,
  • double sided embroidery,
  • Alison’s favourite techniques
  • and using embroidery to keep you from going crazy at work!
  • Oh and of course, how sociable it is being a member of a group such as The Embroiderer’s Guild. 🙂
Alison Larkin Stitchery Stories Textile Art Podcast Guest
Alison Larkin Stitchery Stories Textile Art Podcast Guest




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