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1473687918
Threads of life : a history of the world through the eye of a needle
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Author: Hunter, Clare
Publication year: 2019
Media class: Hardback
Classification: 306
Publisher: Sceptre
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781473687912
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CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

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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
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