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Stitch Safari

Australian Textile Artist, Cathy Jack Coupland hosts this brand-new fortnightly safari-inspired podcast, now with over 8,500 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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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
Sew Bros, Seamsters, and Manbroiderers are words newly added to the stitch and embroidery lexicon, but, if we look just a little deeper, what I’ve discovered is, that they're very simple answers as to why more and more men are picking up a needle and thread.
Listen to the latest Stitch Safari Podcast of the same name, out now. Listen here: https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
And if you have time, watch this TEDx talk given by manbroiderer Jamie Chalmers - one of the world's most well-known male embroiderer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr154jHDeLY
The Stitch Safari Podcast
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. You might think that needlework is an outdated pastime for old ladi...
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The corset, this garment of femininity, grace, and glamour, is a very cleverly engineered garment indeed - one that perfectly balances function with aesthetics - and that’s what I’m interested in here - that coalescence of form and function, and yes, you guessed it, using embroidery for all the purposes for which it was originally intended - to protect, strengthen and to decorate.
Read the latest Stitch Safari Podcast, Flossing - The Embroidered Corset here: https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
This corset was donated to the Met Museum and is known as the Bon Ton. It was awarded a bronze medal at the Centennial Exposition and illustrates the fine embroidery used on some corsets. These motifs represent traditional designs of oak leaves and wheat ears - symbolizing well-being and prosperity.
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The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
Shoe obsessions are nothing new. In fact, they’re age-old - from Chinese Lotus shoes to Indian Mojaris, societies worldwide have exhibited their culture through their couture - and their stunning footwear is certainly no exception.
Fashionable lady's shoes of the 18th century were seldom plain, the majority were constructed with brocaded fabric or were embroidered.
This shoe is the classic shape of the period, inspired by the popular Indian floral motifs. Probably British 1720-49. Image from TheMet.
Listen to the latest episode: 'Embroidered Shoes' here:
https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
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The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
Constance Howard was a remarkable artist, teacher and personality. and was arguably the most influential British figure in textile design of the 20th century, helping to raise embroidery from the status of genteel hobby to that of an art form.
Listen to the latest Stitch Safari Podcast episode 'Constance Howard - The Influencer With Green Hair', here:
https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
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The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Waistcoat is one of the rare pieces of clothing historians can date precisely, as it was announced by Charles II via Royal Decree, with Samuel Pepys writing in his famous diary on October 7, 1666, ’that the King hath yesterday declared his resolution of setting a fashion for clothes which he will never alter - it will be a vest’.
Learn more about these magnificent garments in the latest Stitch Safari episode 'Men's Embroidered Waistcoats - An Overview'.
Listen here: https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
Image By David Jackson, CC BY-SA 2.0 uk, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9978012
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The 1760s partly embroidered European waistcoat panel from the Met Museum using metal thread embroidery and sequins on silk.
Listen to the latest Stitch Safari episode 'Men's Embroidered Waistcoats - An Overview' here
https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/