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A Stitch Back in Mari-time Talk by Clare Lightfoot

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STITCH BACK IN MARI-TIME
Clare Perkins : Sunday April 14th 2024 2-3pm
The humble sewing needle has a long history dating back to Paleolithic times.
According to Chinese records, approximately 40,0000 years ago , ” the needle was considered
as a tool for assassination, by being hidden under a sleeve and thrown at a victim on the spur of
moment or even used as a weapon of self defence. “ Not such a humble tool at all it seems.
So whether used as a weapon or a tool, a sewing needle it seems , has its uses.
I have made it my life’s work for over 50 years, to try and create magic with this humble
tool , and have often thought how could I have created my work without it. It has been
my best friend for all the years I was a couture seamstress, and although replaced many
times I could always rely on it making a stitch look beautiful and as though put there by
magic.
I have also used a needle many times for repairing the original sails I still have on my
trusty old Wayfarer, number 531.
I hope you will enjoy hearing about the history of this humble object and what a helpful
tool it is and has been over thousands of years, both for clothing and maritime uses.

Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stitch-back-in-mari-time-tickets-862990737527 or from The Longshed Gift Shop, or at the door on the day.

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  • Jenny Webb
    18/03/2024 11:07

    Just read a marvellous book called Threads of Life by Clare Hunter which gives a fascinating history of embroidery and its significance in different cultures throughout the ages. I’ll definitely come to this talk

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