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Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle

Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle

In 1970s Argentina, mothers marched in headscarves embroidered with the names of their “disappeared” children. In Tudor, England, when Mary, Queen of Scots, was under house arrest, her needlework carried her messages to the outside world.

From the political propaganda of the Bayeux Tapestry, World War I soldiers coping with PTSD, and the maps sewn by schoolgirls in the New World, to the AIDS quilt, Hmong story clothes, and pink pussyhats, women and men have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, even in the most desperate of circumstances.

Threads of Life is a chronicle of identity, protest, memory, power, and politics told through the stories of needlework. Clare Hunter, master of the craft, threads her own narrative as she takes us over centuries and across continents—from medieval France to contemporary Mexico and the United States, and from a POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland—to celebrate the age-old, universal, and underexplored beauty and power of sewing. Threads of Life is an evocative and moving book about the need we have to tell our story.

Learn how to spruce up your fall wardrobe with this easy DIY patchwork infinity scarf photo tutorial! suzyquilts.com #sewingdiy #quilting

DIY Patchwork Infinity Scarf Tutorial

With the summer’s end rapidly approaching I am looking forward to all the coziness of fall. Early fall is what I like to consider the beginning of quilt snuggling season, aka the season where I spend as much time as possible swaddled in quilts. Unfortunately, it isn’t appropriate for me to go about every aspectContinue Reading…

This DIY tutorial explains how to print your child's art onto fabric to make a beautiful memory quilt using kids' artwork! suzyquilts.com #sewingtutorial #quilting

How To Make a Quilt Using Kids’ Artwork

It’s one thing to hang a child’s beloved artwork on the fridge for all to admire, but how cool would it be to incorporate that artwork into a quilt? In this tutorial, guest blogger Erin Jones of Squirrel and Co. Quilts returns to teach us how to make a quilt using kids’ artwork! This quiltContinue Reading…

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