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The Subversive Stitch, 1984

The Subversive Stitch is a book by Rozsika Parker, which explores an alternative history of embroidery. In writing this book, the author wanted to show that decorative needlework should not simply be seen as an elegant and innocent pastime for women.

According to the author, embroidery has immense artistic, commercial and social ramifications, some of which could, and can be unpleasant for the workers.

The full title of the book is The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine and it was published in 1984 (London: The Women’s Press Ltd). The book was re-published in 2010 as part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition about the history of British quilts.


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