Threads of Life

Threads of Life 1

A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle

by Clare Hunter

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 12/02/2019

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The Hare with Amber Eyes meets The History of the World in 100 Objects: an eloquent history of the language of sewing over centuries and across continents.

A history of sewing and embroidery, told through the stories of the men and women, over centuries and across continents, who have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, even in the most desperate of circumstances.

From the political storytelling of the Bayeux tapestry's anonymous embroiderers and Mary, Queen of Scots' treasonous stitching, to the sewing of First World War soldiers suffering from PTSD and the banner-makers at Greenham Common, Threads of Life stretches from medieval France to 1980s America, from a Second World War POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland. It is as much about identity, protest, memory and politics as craft and artistry.

In an eloquent blend of history and memoir with a unique understanding of craft, Clare Hunter's Threads of Life is an evocative and moving book about the need we all have to tell our story.

ISBN:
9781473687929
9781473687929
Category:
Embroidery crafts
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
12-02-2019
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
320
Dimensions (mm):
216x135x24mm
Weight:
0.33kg
Clare Hunter

Clare Hunter has been a banner-maker, community textile artist and textile curator for over twenty years and has established the community enterprise NeedleWorks in Glasgow. She was a finalist for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, and had a story published in its 2017 Annual. She was also a recipient of a Creative Scotland Award in 2016. 

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  • THREADS OF LIFE

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    i have read a couple of chapters of the book to get a feel for the writer and the subject matter. Unfortunately it is in the pile of books by the bed which I am working my way through. I love needlework and reading the author's thougihts and the methods used by the needleworkers, who had to make the colours and use the different types of threads to produce the best effect in the tapestry. Doing such fine work for hours at a time, and most likely by candlelight, just incredible. What I have read so far of the history is fascinating, and I can't wait to open it and read it from cover to cover.