Welcome to Sewing Matters where you can read about, explore and discover the social, emotional and political significance of needlework. While writing my books Threads of Life and Embroidering her Truth: Mary Queen of Scots and the Language of Power I have come across many fascinating forgotten, little known and overlooked stories of sewing. It is these that I want to share with you and also invite you to tell your own.
For the last thirty years I have been involved with textiles as a community artist, exhibition curator and banner maker. In 1986
I set up NeedleWorks in Glasgow, working with people of all ages and cultures, using sewing as a way to celebrate local history, document community experiences and share personal concerns through the creation of wall hangings and banners.
Of the many textile commissions and community sewing projects that I have organised in Scotland, one of the most poignant has been Material Matters where ten people stitched small wall hangings to capture the stories of textiles that were precious to them. On the website you can read about the project and explore some of the themes of my book.
I hope you enjoy the discovery.