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4.0 out of 5 stars Feminist needlework!, 27 April 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Womens expression and oppression with and by the needle., 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Textiles, 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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The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine
The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine by Rozsika Parker (Paperback - 30 Nov. 2012)
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