Thursday, 31 January 2019


Vanessa East has sent this press release to us

‘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. Reading it made me pick up my needle with a new perspective.’ Tracy Chevalier

A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle

Publishing on 7 February 2019 by Sceptre, Hodder and Stoughton, it is an eloquent history of the language of sewing over centuries and across continents

‘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.’

Threads of Life 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, often in the most desperate of circumstances. In Threads of Life Clare Hunter takes us from Mary, Queen of Scots in captivity to the mentally and physically damaged soldiers returning home after World War One, from the grieving mothers of the disappeared in 1970s Argentina to nineteenth century tailors whose pictorial quilts campaigned for reform and feminists in 1980s America, in an evocative and moving book about the need we all have to tell our story.
For millennia, women and marginalised communities either unable or forbidden to write or speak out for themselves, have used sewing to document their thoughts and experiences and even to transmit subversive messages.

The popularity of sewing, embroidery and ‘making things’ is surging. The Royal School of Needlework reports that their classes are oversubscribed; sewing workshops and blogs, online needlework tutorials and social media networks of sewing enthusiasts are all on the rise.
The link between sewing and improving mental health has been well documented. Clare has worked over many years with people who are the most vulnerable in society – the mentally ill, immigrants, prisoners, the elderly – using sewing as a way to help them tell of their lives and connect with the wider world.

The press release goes on to give more details from the book. You will find these at this site

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Badge making and using laminator with textiles, Vanda Taylor Nottingham's Stitch club 16th Feb 2019


This stitch club will be held in the Thomas Garrett Rooms, Heighington as part of a craft fair. The times of both are 10-3.

Vanda will be bringing her badge making machine, to teach us how to use it and take it another step further.

She will be also bringing a laminator (Kate will bring one too) and show us her experimentations with textiles on this machine.

Requirements and visual samples yet to get on the blog.