Threads of Life A History of the World Through the Eye of

Threads of Life A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle 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 circumstancesFrom the political storytelling of the Bayeux tapestry's anonymous embroiderers and Mary ueen 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 elouent blend of history and memoir with a uniue 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


About the Author: Clare Hunter

Clare Hunter has sewn since she was a child She has been a banner maker community textile artist and textile curator for over twenty years and established the community enterprise NeedleWorks in Glasgow She was a finalist of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award with a story published in its 2017 Annual She was also a recipient of a Creative Scotland Award in 2016 She lives near Stirling in S



10 thoughts on “Threads of Life A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle

  1. says:

    I am admittedly the perfect reader for this book embroiderer history nerd I found it so utterly readable and fascinating—packed with many things I didn’t know and only a few things that were familiar to me From time to time I found myself wishing for photos of the pieces the author mentioned but then I came to my senses embroidery is hard to photograph well Even leaving aside all of the pieces mentioned here that have b


  2. says:

    I've been enjoying cross stitch for many years now and while it will always remain secondary to my passion for books and reading it's an activity I thoroughly enjoy I find it relaxing and rewarding to watch a piece take shape stitch by stitch and thread by threadAfter seeing some ecclesiastical needlework and medieval tapestries at the Victoria and Albert Museum last year I was keen to learn about the history of needlework Threads


  3. says:

    Textile artist and curator Clare Hunter travels through the centuries and across continents uncovering the lives of women and men who have used sewing and embroidery to tell their stories sometimes in the most unlikely and hardest of circumstancesFrom the political storytelling of the Bayeux tapestry's anonymous embroiderers to the POWs who memorialized their lives in the harshest of conditions during WWII to the marches celebrating one hu


  4. says:

    If I could give this book 6 out of 5 stars I would It was a joy from start to finish I read it at bedtime and found myself retiring for the night earlier and earlier just so I could read I enjoyed the way that the book was organised with a theme for each chapter and an expertly selected textile to explore that theme I learnt so much from this book and am almost maddened by inspiration for techniues to try avenues to further explore places to visit


  5. says:

    From BBC radio 4 Book of the weekTextile artist and curator Clare Hunter travels through the centuries and across continents uncovering the lives of women and men who have used sewing and embroidery to tell their stories sometimes in the most unlikely and hardest of circumstancesFrom the political storytelling of the Bayeux tapestry's anonymous embroiderers to the POWs who memorialized their lives in the harshest of conditions during WWII to the marches c


  6. says:

    I can’t sew and I’ve never tried embroidery so in many ways I’m possibly not the target audience for this book However that didn’t matter as it was amazing Hunter looks at sewing through history cultures heritage and skill She looks at it not just as an art form but also it’s importance in protesting identity community and making statements I loved reading this and found myself not wanting it to end So much information and detail in every chapter and inc


  7. says:

    I was about to give 4 stars to this book because it doesn't include pictures of the mentioned pieces but this wouldn't give justice to the very well written research of Clare Hunter The history of textiles and embroidery is full of tears sadness and poverty and many of the stories brought tears to my eyes This book is a tribute to the brave women who expressed their feelings fought for a better world and made a living out of sewing I feel very proud that my family is full


  8. says:

    Sewing has a visual language It has a voice It has been used by people to communicate something of themselves their history beliefs prayers and protests from Threads of Life by Claire HunterTwenty eight years ago I made my first uilt and it changed my life As I honed my skills I was inspired by historic and traditional uilts but also by art uiltsEarly on I dreamed of being able to make uilts that represented my values interests and views I eagerly learned new skills from hand emb


  9. says:

    I enjoyed this book so much I did not want it to end I learned so much from it To get out of the book I read it with a digital device in hand so that I could look up the images of the work that Clare Hunter describes It was very easy to find examples of the works and I enjoyed the book even because I was able to see themThis book has made me think much deeply about what I love about embroidery and how I could use it creatively and with a informed approach I am now looking forward to


  10. says:

    I was really looking forward to this book and ordered it from my local library I think it was a great idea for a book and the topics in the book are engaging but I think what let it down was the lack of detail and in some cases not all the writing could have been better


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