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 A history of sewing and embroidery, told through the stories of the men and women, over centuries and across continents,...

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Title:Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle
Author:Clare Hunter
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1473687918
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

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

  • Melanie
    Mar 18, 2019
    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 piec...
  • Laura
    Feb 11, 2019
    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 circumstance...
  • Bettie
    Feb 04, 2019
    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 sewing and embroidery to tell their stories, sometimes in the most unlikely and ...
  • Patricia
    Jul 17, 2019
    Fascinating, well written and really fun. ...
  • Georgia
    Jun 18, 2019
    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 ...
  • Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
    Feb 14, 2019
    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 so...
  • Janet
    Jun 17, 2019
    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...
  • Jojo
    Feb 10, 2019
    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. ...
  • Lisa
    Apr 04, 2019
    Fascinating book, beautifully written with lots of amazing facts on sewing and embroidery I had no previous idea about. ...
  • Toffeeapple
    Apr 12, 2019
    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 poorly grabbed my attention. I cannot recommend it. ...
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    May 21, 2019
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    Apr 28, 2019
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  • Sue
    Jun 24, 2019
    This excellent text tells the story of needle and thread as it is used across many places and times of human history. The details, history, and art of needlecraft, all in one book, connect and comfort people, record events and thoughts, and express despair and joy. Sewing and emboidery...
  • Sue
    Jun 24, 2019
    This excellent text tells the story of needle and thread as it is used across many places and times of human history. The details, history, and art of needlecraft, all in one book, connect and comfort people, record events and thoughts, and express despair and joy. Sewing and embroider...
  • Aileen
    Apr 23, 2019
    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 undertook is incredible. I have learnt and understood so much. I will look at theses hand ...
  • Kathy
    Jun 07, 2019
    A wonderful subject, and I am really enjoying the detail and history in this book. There are all sorts of interesting snippets of information here, but, as another reviewer has commented, the editing is extremely poor. From the first chapter I found myself irritated by reading about Ki...
  • Isabelle Fourcade
    May 28, 2019
    Beautifully written and highly engrossing study of sewing through a personal history interwoven with world history. I loved the way this vast subject is structured by theme, such as community, memory, protest. I especially loved the focus on sewing as a collective rather than solitary ...
  • Natalie
    Jun 10, 2019
    I enjoyed this book so much I did not want it to end! I learned so much from it. To get more 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 en...
  • Leonie
    Mar 22, 2019
    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 trying to put over in words. ...
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    May 29, 2019
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    May 22, 2019
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  • Helen
    Jul 18, 2019
    Recommended reading for anyone interested in textiles. Could have done with a better proof reader as i'm fairly sure Alfred burnt cakes and didn't fight at Hastings in 1066. Did bang on a bit about men trampling over womens creativity and usurping any female good ideas. ...
  • Rebekah Fraser
    Dec 29, 2018
    Threads of Life is 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 thread to make their voices heard. A non-fiction book exploring the social, emotional and political significance ...
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    Jul 17, 2019
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    Jun 09, 2019
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    Feb 10, 2019
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    Jul 21, 2019
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    Feb 10, 2019
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  • Laura H
    Jan 17, 2019
    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 enjoyed the way that the book was organised, with a theme for each chapter and an ex...
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    Apr 18, 2019
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