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New Book: 'Threads of Life' by Clare Hunter

posted 12 Jan 2019, 09:56 by Deborah Phillpott   [ updated 12 Jan 2019, 09:56 by Ann Pocklington ]
Threads of Life – a book about why people sew

Clare Hunters book  'Threads of Life' is to be published by Sceptre of Hodder & Stoughton on 7th February and has been chosen as Radio 4’s Book of the Week that same month 4th - 8th February.

She says ‘Sewing is a way to mark our existence on cloth: patterning our place in the world, voicing our identity, sharing something of ourselves with others and leaving the indelible evidence of our presence in stitches held fast by our touch.’
and goes on to inform us that 'Threads of Life' takes us from the anonymous needlewomen of the Bayeux Tapestry to Mary, Queen of Scots’ politically messaged embroidery, from the therapeutic stitching of World War One’s shell-shocked soldiers to nineteenth century tailors whose pictorial patchwork campaigned for reform, from the grieving mothers in 1970s Argentina who sewed the names of their disappeared children onto headscarves to the subversive stitchery of feminists in 1980s America. The book tells us why people have sewed through time and across cultures to tell their stories and make their voices heard.

‘Threads of Life is a beautifully considered book that reminds us of how much sewing plays a crucial part in expressing the many facets of our lives. Clare Hunter has managed to mix the personal with the political with moving results.’ Tracey Chevalier

‘It seemed to me that we had lost sight of the potency of needlework, the tactile residue of its makers’ touch; the meaning of its symbolic patterns and motifs, its ability to conserve community traditions. I wanted to restore that knowledge, to remind readers of needlework’s emotional, social and textural qualities and, by doing so, revive an appreciation of its value.’ Clare Hunter

‘Threads of Life is a compelling and beautifully written account of how marginalised peoples throughout history have
used the language of sewing, embroidery and textiles to tell their neglected stories.’ The Bookseller, Nov. 2018