This Is Your Brain On Crafting

JACQUE WILSON 9:23 AM ET, Mon January 5, 2015 In the years that followed, Huerta couldn’t leave the house without suffering a panic attack. She hated getting in cars since her brother’s body was found in one. She couldn’t seem to hold down a job. Every time she stepped outside she felt disaster closing in. Her physician diagnosed her with post-traumatic stress disorder and extreme anxiety. Her husband gave her knitting needles…..  (Read the full article online)

Might Crafts Such As Knitting Offer Long-Term Health Benefits?

AMANDA MASCARELLI April 21, 2014 When I picked up knitting needles for the first time about two years ago, I couldn’t have imagined how vital the hobby would become to my well-being. Learning to knit was hard for me, but once I mastered it, the craft became addictive, in a good way: It calmed me and helped me to write and to deal with the frustrations of motherhood. Crafters have long recognized the therapeutic value of activities such as knitting and crocheting. … (Read the full article online.)

Passing On Needlework Skills to Young People

MARJORIE M. BAKER, M.S. February 2005; revised July 2012 Why should we pass needlework skills on to young people? Don’t they have enough to do with school, sports, music lessons, TV, and video games? And besides, it’s so easy to buy needle crafted items at the store—the ones imported from overseas. Before you answer these questions, think about why you enjoy doing needlework yourself. We live in an age of technology and because of this, many parents have failed to see the importance of teaching handwork to their children. Family sociology has changed, families are spread out across the country, and the tradition of passing heritage skills from one generation to the next has almost been lost. Thankfully, the needle arts are experiencing a renewal, and many adults are learning the skills that were abandoned when they were growing up….  (Read the full article online)

Fine Cell Work: How Taking Up Needlework Is Helping High-Security Prisoners Find Self-Worth

RACHEL MOSS 22/10/2015 17:59 BST Around the country, men and women in high-security prisons are picking up a needle and thread and learning how to sew. Why? “It enables them to be calm, productive, creative and to mentally and spiritually get beyond prison,” Katy Emck, the founding director of Fine Cell Work tells HuffPost UK Lifestyle. Fine Cell Work is a social enterprise that trains prisoners in creative needlework – but it’s not your average crafts club. … (Read the full article online.)


Why Embroidered Fashion is Stitch Perfect

By JESSICA BUMPUS Aug. 20, 201511:13 a.m. ET EVEN IF YOU were temporarily dumbstruck by the appearance of Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson reprising their “Zoolander” roles at the fall Valentino show, there was something else you couldn’t fail to miss: the label’s persistently exquisite use of embroidery. After several collections marked by flora, fauna and abstract motifs rendered in a rainbow of thread, it’s fair to say that Valentino’s design duo, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, have cornered the market in embroidery since arriving at the label in 2008. While their opulently crafted gowns conjure a modern-day fairy tale, they’ve applied embroidery to more unlikely pieces, too, like the fisherman sweater. Floral-stitched, that sturdy staple looks fresh and newly luxe….  (Read the full article online)

Financial Times

Embroidery Enjoys a Fashion Renaissance

GRACE COOK June 19, 2015 4:41 pm Skilled needleworkers are increasingly rare. Grace Cook asks who sews for whom?  n a small, unassuming workshop off London’s Oxford Street, three embroiderers are hunched over wooden frames, feverishly hand-stitching designs on to silk. It’s solitary work that requires a great deal of patience and accuracy. Hand & Lock, established in 1767, is one of the few remaining embroidery companies in the UK and its young female embroiderers (all in their twenties) have stitched pieces for Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton and Chanel. For Chanel, they created a gold badge for a blazer; a beaded crest with interlocking Cs. Usually, they charge £40 an hour; the badge took 24 hours. Embroidering can be a costly enterprise. It’s perhaps surprising, then, to find this highly specialised skill flourishing in ready-to-wear. … (Read the full article online.)

Having Gone Largely Unnoticed In The ‘Game Of Thrones’ Series, It’s Now Impossible To Take Your Eyes Off It

MICHELE CARRAGHER AND LEAVESOFIVY November, 2015 You’re probably a big fan of Game of Thrones and you may have even watched the series at least a dozen times in anticipation of the new season. But through all those viewings, did you ever notice the attention to detail that goes into the show? For example, the costumes. Have you ever really looked at the intricate designs on all of them? You probably haven’t, but after seeing these, you won’t be able to ignore them. Check out the amazing embroidery by Michele Carragher with captions courtesy of LeavesofIvy….  (Read the full article online)

A Stitch in Time: The Very Modern World of the Instagram Sewing Circle

HANNAH MARRIOTT Thursday 20 August 2015 10.09 EDT It’s not often that hip-hop lyrics and octogenarian needle-and-thread experts are united by a fashion trend, but in the delightful world of modern embroidery such contrasts are celebrated. Embroidery is having quite a moment in fashion – and on Instagram – right now, with a growing number of artists and designers posting pictures of their delicate work on social media. The techniques they use tend to be traditional – with embroidery hoops and crewel needles a common feature – but the subject matter is often anything but. … (Read the full article online.)

Don’t Tell Ken Burns Quilts Are Quaint

This week, the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Neb., will reveal a surprising side of the prolific filmmaker Ken Burns: He collects quilts. The exhibition “Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection” will display 28 of them for the first time. Mr. Burns has been buying American quilts since the mid-1970s, often on prowls through antique stores on the back roads of New England; before too long, dealers began coming to him. (Read full article online)