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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: I B Tauris & Co Ltd; New edition (30 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848852835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848852839
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 1.7 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A book wonderfully rich, not only in information, but in people and ideas.' --Guardian

'A marvellously written and illustrated book.' --Times Educational Supplement

'The sheer range and scope of the project proves both the great strength and fascination of the book.' --Design History Society

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Rozsika Parker has published widely in Art History and Psychoanalysis. Her books include 'Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology' and 'Framing Feminism: Art and the Women's Movement 1970-1985' (both written with Griselda Pollock) and 'Torn in Two: The Experience of Maternal Ambivalence'. Her latest book is 'The Anxious Gardener'. She now practices as a psychotherapist in London.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Margaret Halstead on 27 April 2003
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Rozsika Parker has written a fascinating book about the history of needlework and embroidery, from a feminist viewpoint.
For anyone interested in the history of women's work, it makes a very interesting contribution. It moves from a time in the Middle Ages when men and woman worked in the Embroiderers' Guild to modern times when men again work as embroiderers and are thought effeminate.
It shows how needlework might be thought a ladylike occupation, while "the lower classes" were exploited to produce fine sewing for their betters to wear.
A much neglected book
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar 1999
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This book is a review of the way that embroidery has been used historically both to oppress women, and by them to express themselves. The divide between Art and crafts is discussed, and photographs are used to ilustrate many of the points Parker makes about the subject matter used by women for their embroidery, from medieval times to the present. This book can be read both as documenting and investigating the history of womens participation in art and as an empowering look at the subversive role played by women throughout European history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nellie on 5 Nov 2013
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A book for everyone interested in feminist history it treats the history of needlework seriously and relates it to the changing patterns of women's lives
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jayne Raw on 11 Mar 2014
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I have wanted this book since I was at university but never been able to affordable it. It was on amazon for a very reasonable price.
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You'll never look at a sampler the same way again 8 Jun 2000
By drdebs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you've ever looked at samplers or thought of the ways in which needlework shaped the lives of women for centuries (mostly in the negative sense), you will enjoy this book immensely. Parker takes one of the central tasks expected of women in the 18th and 19th centuries and shows how women used needlework as an outlet to express feelings of dismay and dislike. It just goes to show you: where there's a will, there's a way.
If you enjoy learning about women's lives in the past, and have either an interest or an aversion to needlework yourself, I think you will enjoy this most unusual history.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
For those interested in the history of women and needlework, a must read 22 Jan 2011
By healthywoman - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow, I'm impressed with this book. Fascinating, well researched and detailed history of women and embroidery. This is a must read for anyone, especially women, who embroider as their primary artistic expression. As an artist who is working within this medium to excavate and reveal the living present of misogyny, this book has enriched my understanding of the work I do. Highly highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Review from an Art Embroiderer 29 April 2012
By harakne rastau - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is important and fascinating. It is an important piece of art history, as well as the history of embroidery. It never seemed to me to be dismissive of the medium and said instead that what women did in the past was eventually denigrated by others, e.g., the guilds, church officials (not the author). This book is a part of the reinstatement of women's place in art history, as well as fiber/needle arts.

I say it is fascinating because I am very interested in how people lived and created art, throughout time. And it is of interest because it tells what happened to a beautiful art form and how it became devalued by a mostly male-controlled art world, except in certain settings.

There are other books to read about the subject, that will round out the appreciation of needle arts, including "Embroidered Textiles" by Sheila Paine. I have read dozens of books on this subject, including books on the tools of the trade, ancient and new.

I embroider and I vote, so I vote this book "excellent".
A worthwhile history of stitch 25 July 2013
By Shirley Goodwin - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for my final year major art project, and ended up using as a refernce for art history as well. Excellent.
Subversive Stitch 28 Jan 2013
By M. Basart - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book for students of stitching, embroidery and the role of women's work in the early days of stitch and embroidery
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