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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc; annotated edition edition (30 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786413743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786413744
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 18 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,102,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kyra E. Hicks was mesmerized after seeing Eva Ungar Grudin's 1990 exhibition, "Stitching Memories: African-American Story Quilts," that she began to teach herself to create her own quilts. "I found my voice that afternoon in the museum," she remembers. Today, Kyra's quilts have been included in more than 40 group exhibitions. She hosts the African American quilting news blog, Black Threads. Kyra resides in Arlington, VA, USA.

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In 1991, a friend took me to the Taft Museum (Cincinnati, OH) to see the Stitching Memories: African American Story Quilts exhibit. Read the first page
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Ground Breaking and Exciting!! 1 Nov 2003
By Carole - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't say enough about the importance of this book. Every one who is interested in acquiring a true perspective on the diverse history of American quiltmaking and the role that African American quilters played in that history must own a copy of this book. Kyra Hicks spent many years tracing information about African American quilters that would otherwise soon be lost to us all. She has been diligent, careful and intensely rigorous as a scholar--and, she took this on as a true labor of love. Althugh she received some support from a national organization, Kyra Hicks used personal funds and many unpaid hours to complete this project.
The book istself is extremely well organized, and provides a wealth of detail and resources. Anyone planning to give a lecture or write an article about the history of quiltmaking will find material here that would be very difficult to access otherwise.
This book is also important becasue too many of the other books and articles only focused on the improvisational string quilt or improvisational patchwork quilt, which is only one genre of African American quilt making. Kyra clearly documents that African American quilters worked and continue to create quilts in all forms and genres.
The book has chapters documenting the influence that quilting has had on other artists and art genres as well. One of the remarkable images is that of a quilt designed by Romare Bearden, an internationally known African American artist who is generally known as one of the premier collagists of the 20th Century.
Kyra also conducted extensive online surveys of quilters, and documented very interesting facts about the enormous buying power of African American quilters in the United States. This material alone is worth the price of the book to companies that sell fabric and patterns to the quilt market.
My only regret is that the book had only a few color images. I wish that the publisher would have Kyra create a companion book in color with more of the images of the unique and unusual quilts and lesser known quilters she found.
Finally, the book is a comprehensive reference to galleries and collections for those who wish to explore the owrld of African American quiltmaking further. Buy and keep this book on your shelf--it will be useful and remarkable reading for years to come.
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Includes over 1,700 bibliographic references 4 Jun 2004
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A million Afro-Americans are quilters, and some believe recent studies of oral histories telling of their quilting roots have inspired more black women to take up the art. Hicks provides the first comprehensive guide to Afro-American quilt history and modern practice and serves as a reference to the subject, recommended especially for college-level holdings. Black Threads: An African American Quilting Sourcebook compiled by Kyra Hicks includes over 1,700 bibliographic references covering exhibit catalogs, books, newspapers, films, speeches and more -- and offers primary research conducted by Hicks on the Internet usage of Afro-American quilters. Black Threads will prove to be a unique and invaluable guide.
Outstanding African American Quilting Guide 12 Dec 2013
By Robbysbebe - Published on Amazon.com
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Black heritage quilting mainstay for my collection of black quilting books. Will be using for my new hobby of making quilts
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