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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: A Needle in the Right Hand of God

Book Review: A Needle in the Right Hand of God

The Bayeux Tapestry is a visual record of the Conquest of England, but more importantly, it’s a powerful visual representation of cultural memory from a time when literacy wasn’t markedly evident.

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. ...

String & Cloth

String & Cloth

Cloth - that much used and overlooked everyday item we wear, sit upon, walk on or sleep between.  It's simply there in our ready-made shirts, dresses, bespoke suits and household textiles, but how did cloth-making, come about?  It's a story spanning eons. And it all...

Book Review: Guo Pei – Couture Beyond

Book Review: Guo Pei – Couture Beyond

Guo Pei, the first Chinese designer invited to join the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture combines tradition, history and mythology producing unconventional and otherworldly designs – a reflection of her oeuvre.  With a reverence for China’s imperial past and beauty, her aspiration is to bring that heritage into a reflection of today’s modern fashion currency.  

The Wearable Cloth

The Wearable Cloth

Cloth envelops us from morning to night; we slumber between it, we use it to make our homes more comfortable and appealing, and according to statistics, a large percentage of people worldwide, work with it in the textile industry.

Book Review: The Golden Thread

Book Review: The Golden Thread

The Golden Thread, How Fabric Changed History, written by Kassia St Clair, Published by John Murray Publishers, 2018. This is the sort of book I would read again and again.  It’s an easy read, and extremely informative.  Filled with craftily woven stories that bring...

Through The Eye of The Needle

Through The Eye of The Needle

'Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.'  John F. Kennedy We know prehistoric man gave rise to the development of a simple implement that was truly life-changing and of world-wide significance.  Something small, easily transportable, but a tool that...

One Stitch at a Time

One Stitch at a Time

Join me at The Stitch Safari, where I’ll plunder the past, then leap directly into the future.  Innovation is happening, but in a world where the emphasis is on ‘fast’ – fast cars, fast food, fast fashion, even fast technology, sewing and embroidery is one area of endeavour where the complete opposite is its unique appeal.

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

So, just what is the beginning exactly?  Well, for me, it meant going back to when a needle and fibre were first used, and there’s no way to pinpoint exactly who, where or why – it’s all supposition really as nothing remains, but it all hinges on a need to survive.