Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle

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 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.

Title:Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781473687912

    Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle Reviews

  • Bettie?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000...Description: Textile artist and curator, Clare Hunter travels through the centuries and across continents uncovering the lives of women and men who have used se...

  • Melanie

    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 wer...

  • Laura

    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 embroide...

  • Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum

    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 ...

  • Laura H

    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 more.I en...

  • Aileen

    This is a good read for anybody interested in embroidery, quilting or tapestry.I did not read from cover to cover but selected chapters I was interested in.The amount of research Clare Hunter undertoo...

  • Toffeeapple

    I was expecting more of this book than it delivered. I was initially put off by the lack of proof-reading and editing (Prisoner of War reduced to Pow?).It took me a long time to read because it so poo...

  • Leonie

    I enjoyed this book mostly, though all of it would have been better served by some illustrations. I kept having to go online to look at things in order to be able to really see what the author was try...

  • Lisa

    Fascinating book, beautifully written with lots of amazing facts on sewing and embroidery I had no previous idea about. ...

  • Jojo

    I enjoyed the unusual approach to what is often a necessary and ignored activity. I also learned a lot about the role of needlework throughout history....