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Stitch Safari

Australian Textile Artist, Cathy Jack Coupland hosts this brand-new fortnightly safari-inspired podcast, now with over 11.7K downloads.  Journey into the beguiling world of stitch, textiles, design and embroidery, with insights into its history, use, and innovations. Join this unique expedition and thread your way into the amazing and irresistible world of needle and thread.

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Embroidery onto Paper and Metal

Embroidery onto Paper and Metal

The idea of using either paper or metal in embroidery work is to add to the offering of infinite creative options available to the modern embroiderer. Metal thread embroidery has a close attachment to the symbolic significance of gold, representing the magical power...

Constance Howard – The Influencer With Green Hair

Constance Howard – The Influencer With Green Hair

Constance Howard, the British embroiderer, often best remembered for her green hair, had a colossal influence on contemporary embroidery at a time when it was deemed to be a comparatively minor craft, setting a pathway that's probably helped lead to the expansion of...

Book Review:  The Pocket

Book Review: The Pocket

Who would think a simple, commonplace pocket could be the holder of such a scope of fascinating research? Obviously, the authors, Barbara Burman - an independent scholar, and Ariane Fennetaux - associate professor of eighteenth-century history at Université de Paris,...

Tie-On Pockets – A Hidden World

Tie-On Pockets – A Hidden World

Tie-on pockets made use of recycled fabrics, were used as teaching tools, and were transmitters of design while reinforcing the familial and friendship networks between women, connecting women’s inner and outer worlds – a world of politics and protest to that of a humble worker making a living.

Maison Lesage

Maison Lesage

Welcome to the stunningly beautiful, elegantly innovative, seductively alluring world of French Haute Couture and the dynastic family of Lesage. The House of Lesage became the doyen of French Haute Couture embroidery collaborating with the world's elite designers...

Book Review: Maison Lesage Haute Couture Embroidery

Book Review: Maison Lesage Haute Couture Embroidery

Maison Lesage is a dynastic house of haute couture embroidery that worked with the who's who of the fashion industry - Vionnet, Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, and Chanel. This book draws the link from the very inception of Maison Lesage...

Book Review: The Hunt of the Unicorn

Book Review: The Hunt of the Unicorn

Though not embroidery, the magnificently woven medieval tapestries making up the set known as The Unicorn Tapestries, provide a wonderful vehicle for this richly imaginative work of fiction. No one knows for whom the Tapestries were made or what they mean or...

Book Review:  The Girl Who Wrote In Silk

Book Review: The Girl Who Wrote In Silk

Imagine finding an intricately embroidered sleeve while exploring a relative's deceased estate. Inara Erickson unearths this long-forgotten treasure, knowing that she has found something quite special and unique. With no knowledge of embroidery, Inara looks for help...

Book Review:  The Quick and the Thread

Book Review: The Quick and the Thread

A cozy mystery full of red herrings, misdirection, and intrigue set in a newly opened embroidery store aptly named The Seven-Year Stitch, where the heroine teaches embroidery and solves the mystery of the body in the storeroom.

The Stitch Safari Podcast

Are you interested in embroidery, techniques, art, design and history? Then the Stitch Safari Podcast is for you. Starting right at the very beginning with one of the most important innovations known to man - the development of a needle, thread and weaving, leading to their navigation across the world. Cultures developed their own expressive use of stitch and design, leading to a unique level of creativity and traditions. Yet, even after all this time, we still use a needle and thread - something our ancient forebears would probably still recognise. Following on comes the use of stitch as decoration and embellishment. Just look at the magnificent work of Opus Anglicanum and The Bayeux Tapestry - a unique narrative embroidery still in existence from Medieval times, depicting the Battle of Hastings. I meander further through history, investigating numerous topical issues as they arise. Tune in, subscribe, download and enjoy each episode. It's really a never-ending journey. I can't wait for you to join me. Cathy Jack Coupland Australian Textile Artist
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The idea of using either paper or metal in embroidery work simply adds to the offering of infinite creative options available for the modern embroiderer. Find out more in this latest episode of The Stitch Safari Podcast here:
https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
Well, my podcasting platform, Buzzsprout, offers annual stats - and I love numbers.
It gives you a point of reference, and I suppose what we do with it is up to us.
But, I'm extremely chuffed with my stats for the Stitch Safari Podcast - something I've wanted to do for a while, and there's nothing so giving, informative, decorative, and beautiful as textiles and embroidery.
So a huge thank you to all my listeners. In 2023 we'll be exploring more fascinating topics together, yes, it's our journey together.
Special thanks to Jess Jones from DotJess - I couldn't have done it without you!
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The latest episode is out now, listen here: https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
Recycling is so relevant and applicable to textile art and embroidery.
In our highly consumer-driven world, the zero-waste philosophy is finally making its way back into the realm of embroidery - and rightly so, in my opinion.
Listen to my overview of three totally different and innovative embroidery artists and an artist who creates utter magic with rubbish.
All are very inspiring.
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
A huge thank you to all my Stitch Safari listeners.
We've traveled down many fascinating roads together over this year and will continue to do so in 2023.
The Stitch Safari Podcast now has 11.1K downloads and I'm thrilled that people seem happy with my humble offerings.
Embroidery, stitch, and history combine to form such an interesting and endless arena for research - and I still get so excited by it.
And 2023 will be no different.
So tell your friends, subscribe, and relax with some slow stitching while you listen.
Best wishes for a very Happy Christmas and a bright and exciting New Year.
Cathy
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The latest Stitch Safari episode is out now 'Hawaiin and Tivaevae Quilts' and what a fascinating topic. Missionary wives helped spread embroidery, patchwork, and quilting skills throughout many parts of the world. Listen to this brief foray into the tropical Hawaiian and Cook Island textile culture.
https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
Image Credit: By Jeff Muceus from Portland, Oregon, USA - IMG_7921 crop, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2297964
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
From the Sindh in Pakistan on the Indian subcontinent to the Amish settlements of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana in America, Stitch Safari now travels into two very different styles of quilts resulting from two very different cultures - one is based on long-held, ancient sewing traditions and motifs using appliqué, patchwork, and embroidery to make quilts that vibrate with energy and colour, the other is bound by the restrictions of belief and community, yet still with the ability to produce luminous quilts glowing with colour and pattern.
Listen to the full episode on these amazing quilts here:
https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
Here's a short video showing some amazing, traditional Amish quilts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K02hGj5rTpo&t=379s
The Stitch Safari Podcast
Look back in time at the offices of Esprit and see how the Amish Quilts created an amazing environment. Learn about these quilts from Julie Silber.of The Qu...