!!> BOOKS ✯ Threads of Life ⚡ Author Clare Hunter – Writerscompany.co.uk


Threads of Life 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 been lost to the ravages of time or political upheaval No image can capture the tactile joy, the texture of thread worked by hand, the tiniest details, the thrill of taking in something that feels larger than life This book made me want to hold all of these fabrics and textiles and artworks in my hands which speaks highly of Hunter s writing and her obvious love of her subje 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 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 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 ne 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 learn about 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 learning about 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 and I 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 la 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 them.This 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 forwa 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 tha 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. 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 especiall I was expecting 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. 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 al


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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