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Stitch Safari

Australian Textile Artist, Cathy Jack Coupland hosts this brand-new fortnightly safari-inspired podcast, now with over 4,000 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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Medieval Craftsmen Embroiderers

Medieval Craftsmen Embroiderers

Kay Staniland is an English author and embroiderer, with five other titles to her name. This small book, published by British Museum Press, London, in 1991 is a well-researched introduction into the somewhat hazy and indefinite world of medieval embroiderers - the...

Embroidery is the Art of the Needle

Embroidery is the Art of the Needle

But embroidery needed the invention of some very basic tools before that first stitch could be taken and that began a long, long time ago. With Stitch Safari, I'm trying to chronicle embroidery's beginnings as well as its relationship with society and culture,...

Book Review:  Threads of Life

Book Review: Threads of Life

Author Clare Hunter was a finalist for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, with a story published in its 2017 Annual, a recipient of a Creative Scotland Award in 2016 and winner of the Saltire First Book Award for Threads of Life.  Clare is also a sewer, banner...

Book Review:  English Medieval Embroidery Opus Anglicanum

Book Review: English Medieval Embroidery Opus Anglicanum

English Medieval Embroidery, Opus Anglicanum was published in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, to accompany a major exhibition held in 2017. Edited by Clare Browne, Curator of European Textiles, pre-1800, V&A London, Glynn Davies, Curator of...

Introducing Stitch Safari: The Rationale

Introducing Stitch Safari: The Rationale

I've now been recording Stitch Safari Podcasts since May of 2020 - and with the fullness of time, I believe I finally have my head around what I'm actually doing.  Yes, it's taken me a while - I'm a slow learner, but it's proving popular with just over 3,500 downloads...

Writing a Podcast

Writing a Podcast

What on earth drove me to create this podcast? Passion, pure and simple.  I've always enjoyed stitching, and I find history utterly fascinating - I simply married the two together, so the entire ethos for the Stitch Safari podcasts will always revolve around history...

Book Review:  The Subversive Stitch

Book Review: The Subversive Stitch

Waxing lyrical about books is sort of my thing.  I love books, so when a book actually takes me on a journey or makes me think - that's special. And that's what Subversive Stitch by Rozsika Parker did for me.  To date, my interest in Feminism has been minimal. ...

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
A short overview of the life of Bess of Hardwick with some great images of Hardwick Hall and some of the embroidery she worked on with Mary Queen of Scots towards the end of the video. She was an amazing, strong woman for her time. Listen to Stitch Safari's latest podcast Bess of Hardwick and the Prison Embroideries of Mary Queen of Scots here: https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMsizOyN1jU
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The Stitch Safari Podcast
Hear the story of Bess of Hardwick who rose from a modest background to become a close friend of Queen Elizabeth I, keeper and confidant to Mary Queen of Sco...
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Catte embroidery, worked by Mary Queen of Scots while imprisoned by the Earl of Shrewsbury. His wife Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury was Bess Hardwick - and both she and Mary found common ground in their shared passion for embroidery. Many interpret the symbolism of the embroidery as Elizabeth playing as the cat, with the little defenceless mouse, her cousin Mary. Was this the case? We'll never know - but the possibility is there....
Listen to this latest episode about the fascinating Bess of Hardwick (Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury) and the prison embroideries of Mary Queen of Scots here: https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
Wow, this is amazing. So thrilled to find that the Stitch Safari Podcast comes in at number 4 in the top 5 Textile Industry Podcasts as at September 2021 - and it's all thanks to you - the people who listen.
The research is fascinating and the history so amazing and inspirational.
Anyway, check out the top five here: https://blog.feedspot.com/textile_industry_podcasts/
And my huge thanks to everyone who listens.
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The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
A portrait of Mary Queen of Scots by Nicholas Hilliard c1578. Mary was imprisoned in the care of the Earl of Shrewsbury and his wife, Bess for 15 years. Bess eventually found common ground with Mary through their shared passion for embroidery, bringing Mary some form of pleasure through the colours she worked with. Listen to the latest Stitch Safari podcast about Bess of Hardwick and the Prison Embroideries of Mary Queen of Scots here: https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
#stitchsafari #stitchsafaripodcast #bessofhardwick #prisonembroideries #historicembroidery #MaryQueenofScots
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
Huge thanks to everyone who've taken the time to listen to the Stitch Safari Podcasts.
There really is so much content - and it's all absolutely fascinating.
Mixing a little history, a little design and a little art - all referencing the art of embroidery.
It's a never-ending journey. Subscribe through your Podcast provider.
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
NEW EPISODE OUT NOW: BESS OF HARDWICK AND THE PRISON EMBROIDERIES OF MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS:
Bess of Hardwick appears to have been a remarkable woman. Born to a humble family she rose to the heights of Tudor society through four advantageous marriages. But Bess is probably best known for her embroideries and the bequest she had made for the textiles and furnishings in her three properties - including her own work and embroidery from Mary Queen of Scots. These have become known as the Hardwick Hall Textiles - one of the greatest collections of 16h and 17th century embroideries, tapestries, laces and other textiles to have been preserved by a single, private family. This episode is well worth listening to - and touches on the notorious episode in English history where Elizabeth I beheads her cousin Mary Queen of Scots. And Bess was bound to both.
https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
#stitchsafari #stitchsafaripodcast #bessofhardwick #prisonembroideries