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The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine Paperback – September 13, 1989


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (September 13, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415902061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415902069
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,199,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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an impressively researched case for evaluating women's lives and their position in society through the history of embroidery. -- Feminist Bookstore News
. . . Parker has done a beautiful, scholarly and highly readable exploration of the subject. . . . The Subversive Stitch is a carefully researched, well-written and entertaining study of European and American attitudes toward both embroidery and women through history. -- Academic Library Book Review

About the Author

Rozsika Parker's books include Old Mistresses: Women, Art & Ideology and Framing Feminism (both written with Griselda Pollock) and Torn in Two: The Experience of Maternal Ambivalence.  Her latest book is The Anxious Gardener.  She practices as a psychotherapist in London.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By drdebs on June 8, 2000
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By healthywoman on January 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By harakne rastau on April 29, 2012
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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".
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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.
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