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Stitching for Victory [Paperback]

Suzanne Griffith
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3 Aug 2009
A fascinating and unique account of the importance of stitch to Britain's war effort!

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; First edition (3 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752445332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752445335
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 946,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stitching Memories... Suzanne Griffith has researched the effect and importance of stitching to the war effort and the morale of the people experiencing it. It is a far-reaching account which is packed with personal anecdotes and memories….. will bring back many memories or give you a glimpse on some of the realities of the war years. New Stitches, December 2009 Clever sew and sews helped win the war! They say a stitch in time saves nine - but it's being claimed that several million of them actually saved the nation. That's because sewing became as important to winning World War II as manufacturing munitions. This vital role is finally being recognised in a book, Stitching for Victory. It's a new angle on the ingenuity and skill of the men, women and children who struggled to survive wartime conditions and through the years of rationing which followed. Wartime stitches are celebrated in Stitching for Victory by Suzanne Griffith. --Jim Montgomery, The Weekly News, November 2009<br /><br />This beautiful book 'Stitching for Victory' by Suzanne Griffith is ideal for anyone who remembers the 'good old days' with fondness. Packed with nostalgic anecdotes about needlecraft on the Home Front and active service during World War II, this is definately a book to charm and inspire. --Cross Stitcher, January 2010<br /><br />A fascinating ramble through the importance of stitching to life and the war effort during the Second World War. Suzanne Griffith has pulled together a wide range of sources and subjects to create a fresh and compelling overview of how stitching played its part in those turbulent war years. There's a surprisingly large amount of topics to cover and each chapter brings new surprises, and of course there are many moving tales recounted too. The book is beautifully illustrated, with lots of archive photography. If you've an interest in stitching generally and our shared heritage as needleworkers, then this is a genuinely fascinating and worthwhile read. --Cross Stitch Collection, Christmas Edition 2009

Packed with fascinating facts and stories, Stitching for Victory gives a unique account of the importance of stitch to Britain's war effort and provides an insight into a fascinating aspect of the Second World War --Stitch with the Embroiders' Guild, Feb/March 2010

A fascinating ramble through the importance of stitching to life and the war effort during the Second World War. Suzanne Griffith has pulled together a wide range of sources and subjects to create a fresh and compelling overview of how stitching played its part in those turbulent war years. There's a surprisingly large amount of topics to cover and each chapter brings new surprises, and of course there are many moving tales recounted too. The book is beautifully illustrated, with lots of archive photography. If you've an interest in stitching generally and our shared heritage as needleworkers, then this is a genuinely fascinating and worthwhile read. --Cross Stitch Collection, Christmas Edition 2009

About the Author

Suzanne Griffith was brought up during the post-war years of austerity and learned as a child how to make clothes for her dolls, and later for herself. The idea for this book developed from her textiles degree and she has utilised a lifetime s involvement with embroidery and textiles to write her first book. She lives in Cornwall.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Information for everybody 6 Oct 2009
By Linnet
Don't be mislead into thinking this is a book about sewing. It covers all sorts of uses of fabric and stitch throught the second world war - with detailed information covering everything from the design of barrage balloons to the speeds of doodlebugs. There is as much information here for the chaps as for the ladies. An excellent book for educational purposes for anyone studying WWII. Fascinating to read all the quotes from members of the public who "went through it".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 1 Nov 2009
This book offers a fascinating perspective on WWII - exploring the very fabric and stitches of one of the most terrible eras Britain has faced. As well as historical facts, it contains searingly moving and sometimes laugh-out-loud humorous first-hand accounts from those who lived through the war, and loads of brilliant photographs and illustrations too. Not only does it talk about the soldiers out on the front line, but it also explores the lives of the women left at home and how they coped.
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By Mo
This book is really great. From beginning to end it brings you through different aspects of the war telling you about it's general history and also how stitching played quite a big role in different areas.

I generally don't find myself reading history books from beginning to end at once but this had so many interesting facts packed into it that it became hard to put down.
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