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Stitch Safari

Australian Textile Artist, Cathy Jack Coupland hosts this brand-new fortnightly safari-inspired podcast, now with over 7,500 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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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.

Mexican Otomi Embroidery

Mexican Otomi Embroidery

This is one time where embroidery defines the textile – not the cloth, not the weave, and not the dyes used, but the actual process of hand stitching the brightly coloured designs into complex and lively textiles that have become a major source of fascination and income.

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 2022 interview with Anna Wager, "Subversive Stitching: May Morris and Embroidery"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Sn61i_zsY0&t=837s
Listen to the latest episode about May Morris on the Stitch Safari Podcast here: https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
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The Stitch Safari Podcast
Dr. Anna Wager (Hobart & William Smith Colleges) presents her lecture "Subversive Stitching: May Morris and Embroidery", exploring the work of May Morris (18...
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
May Morris, the younger daughter of Arts and Crafts leader, William Morris took over the embroidery business of her father at the age of 23 and cared greatly about educating women to provide ongoing work in the arts. A very interesting person and one of the embroiderers researched in the latest episode of The Stitch Safari Podcast - listen here: https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
A charming painting of May by Dante Gabriel Rosetti worked in 1872.
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The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
In the latest episode of Stitch Safari, I’m honouring two amazingly talented and creative embroidery artists - Sonia Delaunay and May Morris - two very different aesthetics, yet both used stitch in their work, to great effect. Listen to this wonderful Podcast here:
https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
This image is of Sonia Delaunay wearing a Sonia Casa creation, Madrid, 1920.
Image Credit: By Anonymous, possibly by Zockoll - Museo Thyssen, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65175762
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
‘This Valhalla of Womanhood’, wrote the Sunday Times - sent a powerful visual message that what suffrage campaigners were demanding - full citizenship as evidenced by the vote, was not really radical, threatening, or novel after all. Altogether the banners summarise visually the range and relevance of the suffrage movement, being, celebratory, commemorative, inspirational, educational, and political all at once.’
The names of many inspiring women were used to promote the cause - the only one alive at the time of the marches was Florence Nightingale.
Listen to the latest podcast 'Embroidered Banners of the Artists' Suffrage League' here: https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
The artist who designed this banner was Mary Lowndes herself.
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The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
This image shows an embroidered Suffragette banner in the London Museum.
As a symbol of resistance, embroidery must be one of the most used and humble means of making a statement and giving air to vital concerns.
Listen to the latest episode of Stitch Safari: 'Embroidered Banners of the Artists' Suffrage League' here: https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
#stitchsafari #stitchsafaripodcast #embroideredbanners #suffrage #embroidery #banners
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
This short video, hosted by Beverly Cook from the Museum of London, looks at the lives of some of the women who embroidered the Holloway Banner. We can see the stitches 80 women worked onto the banner - a silent yet powerful voice of protest.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=216R_tVjYOc
Listen to my latest Podcast, Embroidered Banners of the Artists' Suffrage League here: https://stitchsafari.com/podcast/
#stitchsafari #stitchsafaripodcast #suffrage #suffragette #embroidery #banners #embroideredbanners
The Stitch Safari Podcast
On the 4th June 1913, the Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison was fatally struck down by a horse at the Epsom Derby. In this video Beverly Cook, Curator of Soc...