Tuesday 29 January 2008

The Gentle Art of Domesticity

The Gentle Art of Domesticity by Jane Brocket is like heaven in book form. Although the production is outstanding (I have been seen stroking the cover) the contents is even beThe Gentle Art of Domesticity by Jane Brockettter. With beautiful pictures, recipes and tips on everything from quilting and knitting to baking and painting, this is not only the perfect read for those would-be domestic goddesses but also for what I like to call the armchair domestics (we can aspire to such things). Since reading it I have had a burning desire to make my own quilt - although I'm sure I don't have the time, money or wherewithal but still... it's good to dream. And the title sums it up. You can read through this book without feeling pressured into doing anything, or being guilt ridden about lack of domesticity... it is, as it says, very gentle.

Jane Brocket delights in domesticity, adhering to a lovely philosophy - that women should ignore the dust in favour of expressing themselves creatively in the home. Lively, curious and creative, she takes inspiration from her surroundings, from art, literature and nature and the the gentle arts of knitting, baking and sewing, enhances her family life. From angora cushions to gingerbread houses, from crochet blankets to geometric quilts, she injects her home with colour, beauty and fun.

Jane's career as queen of domesticity kicked off with her blog Yarnstorm, originally about knitting, it now has a huge international following with over 38,000 hits a week. The Gentle Art of Domesticity is the culmination of her experiments and research into all things creativly domestic and is "a glorious synthesis of craft, style and intellectual pleasures". Although I think this book is perfect for mother's day (2nd March) you'll actually want to keep this one for yourself. Everything about this book is beautiful - worth every penny of it's £25 xx

The Gentle Art of Domesticity by Jane Brocket is published by Hodder and Stoughton.


  1. But is domesticity something that can be learnt or is it really just a set of skills that some people are born with that can only be refined, but never learnt.

  2. I think there are some out there who think that they are not at all domestic (and some probably are genuinly lacking in that department). This doesn't so much teach as inspire and encourage which is one of the many reasons it's so great. xx

  3. I wanted to be inspired in domestic excellence, so I watched Nigella Lawson who is apparently a goddess in the genre. I tried to replicate her style of domestic tittilation, but my housemates werent impressed. I must need further inspiration so perhaps should get Jane Brockets book. Gotta see that cover...


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