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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
From the Meiji Period, 1868-1912, comes this embroidered robe with long sleeves of yuzen-dyed crepe with silk and metal thread embroidery of bamboo, cranes and plum blossom, lined in scarlet silk with a padded hem.
Listen to the latest episode of the Stitch Safari Podcast 'The Japanese Aesthetic and Kimono' here: https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
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The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
This beautiful, informative video uploaded by the V & A Museum offers a personal curator tour of the Kimono - Kyoto to Catwalk exhibition from 2015 by Anna Jackson. Well worth watching for the stunning beauty of the Kimono.
Listen to the latest episode of the Stitch Safari Podcast - The Japanese Aesthetic and Kimono here: https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
#stitchsafari #stitchsafaripodcast #historicembroidery #japaneseaesthetic #kimono
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEf0iFNTVGw&t=2s
The Stitch Safari Podcast
This is 1 of 5 films that take you on a personal curator tour of our exhibition Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk. Captured as the museum was closing its doors for a ...
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
Listen to the latest episode of the Stitch Safari Podcast 'The Japanese Aesthetic and Kimono' here: https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
A beautiful outer kimono for a young woman depicting landscape with fishing nets and nobleman's cart c 1820-1850.
#stitchsafari #stitchsafaripodcast #historicembroidery #japaneseaesthetic #kimono
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
New episode of the Stitch Safari Podcast out now: 'The Japanese Aesthetic and Kimono' - listen here: https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
A kimono for a young woman dating from 1912-1926 depicts an amazing design of a boat on swirling water with pine trees, plum blossoms and maples.
#stitchsafari #stitchsafaripodcast #historicembroidery #kimono #japaneseaesthetic
Image Credit: By Original version obtained from https://www.nasserdkhalili.com/the-eight-collections-2/ where the CC licence is declared. Higher resolution supplied directly by the Khalili Foundation as part of its Wikimedia partnership. A copyright release for the higher-resolution version has been sent using the Interactive Release Generator., CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82031548
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
Listen now: 'Embroidered Rank Badges or Mandarin Squares' on the Stitch Safari Podcast - listen here: https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
Rank badges were for royalty, civil servants and the military, offering an easy-to-see identification system according to the symbology used. However, circular rank badges were usually meant for royalty alone. This badge is from the Ming Dynasty and features a five-clawed dragon - usually only worn by the Emporer. Take note of the background design - the water, trees and plants. I see similarities with the Bayeux Tapestry.
#stitchsafari #stitchsafaripodcast #asiansilkembroidery #historicembroidery #rankbadges #madarinsquares
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
Listen to the latest episode on the Stitch Safari podcast 'Embroidered Rank Badges and Mandarin Squares' here:
https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
This exquisitely opulent Chinese Mandarin Square would most likely have been for court use and now resides in a Museum in Portugal. The symbols, colour and workmanship allude to how highly prized these were.
#stitchsafari #stitchsafaripodcast #madarinsquares #asiansilkembroidery #historicembroidery #rankbadges