• Threads of Life

  • A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle
  • By: Clare Hunter
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Threads of Life

By: Clare Hunter
Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond
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A globe-spanning history of sewing, embroidery, and the people who have used a needle and thread to make their voices heard.

From the political propaganda of the Bayeux Tapestry, World War I soldiers coping with PTSD, and the maps sewn by schoolgirls in the New World, to the AIDS quilt, Hmong story clothes, and pink pussyhats, women and men have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, even in the most desperate of circumstances.

Threads of Life is a chronicle of identity, protest, memory, power, and politics told through the stories of needlework. Clare Hunter, master of the craft, threads her own narrative as she takes us over centuries and across continents - from medieval France to contemporary Mexico and the United States, and from a POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland - to celebrate the age-old, universal, and underexplored beauty and power of sewing. Threads of Life is an evocative and moving book about the need we have to tell our story.

©2019 Clare Hunter (P)2021 Tantor
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Textile bucket list.

Love this read. I must obtain the actual book. All the places mentioned would make an excellent travel venue. A stitchy vacation.

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Loved this book

This book was super engaging and full of useful information about the untold and unrecorded history of women’s needle art and sewing. A must read

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