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 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 thread.After seeing some ecclesiastical needlework and medieval tapestries at the Victoria and Albert Museum last year, I was keen to learnabout the history of needlework Threads of Life A History of the World Through the Eye of aI 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 thread.After seeing some ecclesiastical needlework and medieval tapestries at the Victoria and Albert Museum last year, I was keen to learnabout the history of needlework Threads of Life A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle by Clare Hunter was a great place to start.Packed with historical fact sometimes a little too much Threads of Life certainly does attempt to take on the history of the world.I enjoyed learningabout the Bayeux Tapestry, the stitching completed by Mary, Queen of Scots and WWI soldiers suffering from PTSD I was stunned to read about the Northern Ireland Game of Thrones Tapestry, and put the book down to watch the 30 minute coverage of the entire tapestry on YouTube It was impressive and I hope to see it one day.In fact, I often had to stop reading to go and look up certain artworks and artists like Mary Delany, Mary Linwood andI dearly wished the publisher had considered including photographs of any sort to complement the content within Needlework is such a visual art and without any photographs or sketches colour or black and white I felt the book was lacking Threads of Life is recommended for readers interested in any of the ways needlework has been used to communicate a message, create desirable artwork, delineate between the rich and the poor, raise women out of poverty, provide captives with hope and the damaged a way to heal Copy courtesy of Hachette Australia From BBC radio 4 Book of the week 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 circumstances.From 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 hundred year s ofFrom BBC radio 4 Book of the week 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 circumstances.From 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 hundred year s of women s suffrage in 2018, this is a treasure trove of book Clare Hunters reveals how sewing and embroidery are as much about identity, politics and memory as they are about craft and art Threads of Life is also peppered throughout with moments from Clare s own life as a textile artist, for instance, her first adventures with needle and thread, or the discovery of a beautifully worked patchwork quilt in an aunt s attic decades later Listeners will delight in this celebration of sewing as an intimate and powerful medium for telling stories.Read by Siobhan RedmondAbridged by Julian WilkinsonProduced by Elizabeth Allardhttps www.bbc.co.uk programmes m000 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 circumstances.From 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 h 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 circumstances.From 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 hundred year s of women s suffrage in 2018, this is a treasure trove of book Clare Hunters reveals how sewing and embroidery are as much about identity, politics and memory as they are about craft and art Threads of Life is also peppered throughout with moments from Clare s own life as a textile artist, for instance, her first adventures with needle and thread, or the discovery of a beautifully worked patchwork quilt in an aunt s attic decades later Listeners will delight in this celebration of sewing as an intimate and powerful medium for telling stories.Read by Siobhan RedmondAbridged by Julian WilkinsonProduced by Elizabeth Allard 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 techniques to try, avenues to further explore, places to visit and textiles to view This would n 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 techniques to try, avenues to further explore, places to visit and textiles to view This would not have been sparked if it were not for the author s skill at conveying the intricacies of a visual medium in an easy and relaxed writing style The research that went into each chapter is evident in the way that context and history were woven through the narrative without turning it into a dry textbook.I received an advance copy in return for a truthful and unbiased review 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 of such women and 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 of such women and I am very grateful that they passed the knowledge to me and now I am able to stitch my own embroideries for future generations.If you are about to start reading this book be prepared to search for the images of the embroideries on the Internet This isn t necessarily bad because through your research you will discover websites with plenty of information on textiles history and important events that you may have never heard about in the past 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 incredibly well written with themes 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 incredibly well written with themes flowing nicely into one another A very enjoyable read 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 quilt and it changed my life As I honed my skills I was inspired by historic and traditional quilts but also by art quilts.Early on I dreamed of being able to make quilts that represented my values, interests, and views I eagerly learned new skills, from hand 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 quilt and it changed my life As I honed my skills I was inspired by historic and traditional quilts but also by art quilts.Early on I dreamed of being able to make quilts that represented my values, interests, and views I eagerly learned new skills, from hand embroidery and hand quilting to surface design, machine thread work, and fusible applique I have been making a series of quilts on authors I love I have created a Pride and Prejudice storybook quilt, an Apollo 11 quilt, and embroidered quilts of the First Ladies, Green Heros, and women abolitionists and Civil Rights leaders.I was excited to be given an egalley of Claire Hunter s book Threads of Life A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle Hunter identifies themes in needlecraft including power, frailty, captivity, identity, connection, protest, loss, community, and voice She shares a breathtaking number of stories that span history and from across the world.Hunter begins with the history of the Bayeux Tapestry, a panel of wool embroidery showing scenes from the Battle of Hastings in 1066 Its history illustrates the ups and downs in cultural attitudes toward needlework.It was forgotten, nearly upcycled, and used for a carnival float backdrop Napoleon put it in a museum until it fell out of fashion and was again relegated to storage here and there Himmler got a hold of it during WWII and publicized the artifact and saved it from destruction Then the French Resistance took possession of the Louvre and the tapestry.900 years later, the tapestry attracts thousands of viewers every year, a worldwide cultural icon, and inspired The Games of Thrones Tapestry.Yet, we don t know who designed the tapestry or embroidered it, the challenges and tragedies they faced They remain anonymousI was familiar with the Changi prison camp quilts created during WWII by women POWs in Japanese camps Hunter explains how the women created images with personal and political meaning to tell loved ones they survived.I had seen Mola reverse applique but did not know it was an invention of necessity Spanish colonists in Panama and Columbia insisted the indigenous women cover their chests Traditionally, the women sported tattoos with spiritual symbols which they transferred to fabric In many cultures, cloth has a spiritual element.Hunter also touches on Harriet Power s Bible Quilt, Gees Bend quilters, the Glasgow School of Art Department of Needlework, and Suffragists banners.There was much that was new to me How Ukrainian embroidery was forbidden under Soviet rule as they systematically dismantled cultural traditions Or how the Nazis used Jewish slave labor to sew German uniforms and luxury clothing.Hunter tells stories from history and also how needle and thread are employed today as therapy and as community engagement and to voice political and feminist statements She tells the memorable story of guiding male prisoners in the making of curtains for a common room and how she worked with groups, Austrian Aboriginies and Gaelic women, to make banners addressing displacement and community disruption.We also read about the history of sewing, the impact of industrialization and the rise of factory production, the home sewing machine, the shift from skilled craft to homemade decorative arts.Art quilters and textile artists like Faith Ringgold and Judy Chicago are discussed Social awareness needlework included the quite well known Aids Quilt but also the little known banner The Ribbon, created to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Justine Merritt organized the sewing of peace panels to be stitched together 25,000 panels were made 20,000 people collected on August 4, 1985, to wrap the 15 mile long Ribbon around the Pentagon, the Arlington Memorial Bridge, the Lincoln Memorial, and to the Capital and back to the Pentagon The media and President Reagen ignored it.Threads of Life may seem an unusual book, a niche book, but I do think it has a wide appeal that will interest many readers.I was given access to a free egalley through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review 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, 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 s 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 ➹ [Read] ➵ Gender in Psychoanalytic Space By Muriel Dimen ➼ – 9facts.co.uk told through the stories of the men and women ❮Download❯ ➵ Insight and Interpretation Author Roy Schafer – 9facts.co.uk over centuries and across continents ➼ [Reading] ➾ Good People in an Evil Time By Svetlana Broz ➱ – 9facts.co.uk who have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard ❰Reading❯ ➼ On a Day Like This Author Peter Stamm – 9facts.co.uk even in the most desperate of circumstancesFrom the political storytelling of the Bayeux tapestry s anonymous embroiderers and Mary [PDF] ✎ Heart to Start ✐ Derek Handley – 9facts.co.uk Queen of Scots treasonous stitching ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Light without Fire By Scott Korb ⚣ – 9facts.co.uk to the sewing of First World War soldiers suffering from PTSD and the banner makers at Greenham Common ❰EPUB❯ ✺ Secrecy Author Rupert Thomson – 9facts.co.uk Threads of Life stretches from medieval France to s America [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Silence and the Roar By Nihad Sirees – 9facts.co.uk from a Second World War POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland It is as much about identity ☀ [PDF / Epub] ★ Hard Country By Robin Robilliard ✍ – 9facts.co.uk protest [PDF / Epub] ✑ The Whale Rider ☄ Witi Ihimaera – 9facts.co.uk memory and politics as craft and artistry In an eloquent blend of history and memoir with a unique understanding of craft [KINDLE] ✽ The Impossible David Lynch By Todd McGowan – 9facts.co.uk Clare Hunter s Threads of Life is an evocative and moving book about the need we all have to tell our story I enjoyed this book so much I did not want it to end I learned so much from it To getout 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 evenbecause I was able to see them.This book has made me think muchdeeply about what I love about embroidery, and how I could use itcreatively and with ainformed approach I am no I enjoyed this book so much I did not want it to end I learned so much from it To getout 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 evenbecause I was able to see them.This book has made me think muchdeeply about what I love about embroidery, and how I could use itcreatively and with ainformed approach I am now looking forward to picking up my embroidery tools again, after many years of them being neglected I am wondering what types of things I could make, and how I might engage others in this imaginative and tactile form of creative expression Very highly recommended 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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