The Stitches We Leave Behind

When I was in college the second time, this time earning an English degree, I took a concentration of Women’s Studies classes. Below are links to a series of posts from a project I wrote while taking a Women’s Studies/English class called “Reading between the stitches.” 

One of the required books for the course was The Subversive Stitch- embroidery and the making of the feminine by Rozsika Parker. The back cover reads, “Through the history of embroidery — in the very threads of samplers, firescreens, table runners and dress — can be traced another history: the history of women.”

Hand-stitched album cover for “The Stitches We Leave Behind” project

Links to posts

IntroductionMarch 12, 2012
Mary Katherine Bryant, Gone Fishin’
March 13, 2012
Cecelia Pearl Bryant Wirrig and her Singer treadle sewing machine
March 20, 2012
Katherine Clara Wirrig Smith — my paternal grandmother
March 26, 2012
Mary Etta Conner Lemmon — a pillar of strength
April 2, 2012
Katherine Roecker Adams, a farm wife
April 9, 2012
Anna Matilda Adams Lemmon — my maternal grandmother
April 16, 2012
Mary Katherine Lemmon Smith—my mother – April 22, 2012

Books on the topic of craft and spirituality:

Knitting Heaven and Earth – Healing the Heart with Craft by Susan Gordon Lydon
The Knitting Sutra – Craft as a Spiritual Practice
by Susan Gordon Lydon
A Way of Working – The Spiritual Dimension of Craft
by D. M. Dooling
The Knitting Way – A Guide to Spiritual Self-Discovery
by Linda Skolinik & Janice MacDaniels

3 thoughts on “The Stitches We Leave Behind”

  1. I have never thought about our “handwork” in quite this way. I come from a long line of quilters, cross-stitchers, knitters, and crocheters, etc.. I feel very connected to my ancestors when I hold their handwork in my hands. I really enjoyed this post! 🙂

    1. Thanks. Sounds like we have similar backgrounds. I only thought about it this way because of the class I took. It was a nice fresh new perspective. Women’s work has gotten so little notice over the centuries, relatively speaking.


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