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Threads of life : a history of the world through the eye of a needle / Clare Hunter
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Author: Hunter, Clare
Publication year: 2019
Language: English
Shelf mark: 306
Media class: Book
Genre: LIVING & LEARN
Classification: 306
Publisher: London : Sceptre
ISBN: 9781473687912
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Book:Threads of life, a history of the world through the eye of a needle, Clare Hunter:2019
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An interesting journey through time, and across borders, told through the craft of needlework. From the Bayeux 'tapestry' to the secret symbols in Mary Queen of Scots' embroideries, from American quilters to the Glasgow Girls, and around the world in swirls of cloth and colour. Threads of Life tells how needlework came to be seen as solely the preserve of women, and hence devalued as art, and how women have used it as a medium of expression, from storytelling quilts to suffragettes' banners and beyond. A joy to read. Hopefully a second edition, if there is one, will iron out the oddities of punctuation and factual slips (the Mackintoshes went to Suffolk, not Surrey, after leaving Glasgow, to say nothing of poor King Harold being ousted by Alfred...) It would also add to the readers' enjoyment to have good colour plates of some of the works described, or perhaps an extended list of websites. But all in all, a delight.
17/06/19
drjan
Glasgow - old

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**SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER** **RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK**The Hare with Amber Eyes meets The History of the World in 100 Objects: an eloquent history of the language of sewing. For the mothers of the disappeared in 1970s Argentina, protest was difficult. Every Thursday they marched in front of government buildings wearing headscarves embroidered with the names of their lost children. Through sewing, they found a way to campaign. In Tudor England Mary, Queen of Scots was under house arrest and her letters were censored, so she sewed secret treason into her needlework to communicate with the world outside. From the political propaganda of the Bayeux Tapestry and First World War soldiers with PTSD, to the maps sewn by schoolgirls in the New World, Threads of Life stretches from medieval France to contemporary Mexico, from a POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland. It is a chronicle of identity, protest, memory, power and politics 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. In an eloquent blend of history and memoir, Threads of Life is an evocative and moving book about the need we all have to tell our story. 'Threads of Life is a beautifully considered book . . . Clare Hunter mixes the personal with the political with moving results.' TRACY CHEVALIER

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