The Loving Stitch: A History of Knitting and Spinning in New Zealand [NOOK Book]

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The Loving Stitch is an engaging history of a subject never before explored but familiar to many New Zealanders. Heather Nicholson's knowledge of knitting and spinning is formidable but she also knows how to tell a good story and has a keen sense of humor. The Loving Stitch presents a chronological account of antipodean knitting, which is also a history of the domestic lives of women, of their resourcefulness, their talent and sociability. She follows the growth of pattern books, the role of knitting for troops ...
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The Loving Stitch: A History of Knitting and Spinning in New Zealand

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Overview


The Loving Stitch is an engaging history of a subject never before explored but familiar to many New Zealanders. Heather Nicholson's knowledge of knitting and spinning is formidable but she also knows how to tell a good story and has a keen sense of humor. The Loving Stitch presents a chronological account of antipodean knitting, which is also a history of the domestic lives of women, of their resourcefulness, their talent and sociability. She follows the growth of pattern books, the role of knitting for troops in the two world wars, knitting in the Depression and the recent interest in art knitting. She also explores the different items produced by the skilled knitter, from jerseys and guernseys to counterpanes, socks and stockings, and a scarf that stretched right round Parliament Buildings. The book also includes material on spinning and on local wool mills, as well as general good advice drawn from the personal experience of hundreds of knitters and spinners. The Loving Stitch is impeccably researched, it is full of characters, memories and advice, and it is superbly illustrated.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781775581932
  • Publisher: Auckland University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 1,351,328
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author


Heather Nicholson, formerly a schoolteacher, has impressive skills in embroidery, dyeing, spinning and knitting. She has taught both knitting and embroidery, is a member of several textile craft guilds and is the author of Knitter's Know-How. Her extensive research into the history of knitting was supported by Creative New Zealand and by the 1993 Suffrage Trust.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Status of Knitting 1
1 The Historical Background 11
2 Missionaries and Settlers 23
3 Reading the Recipes 45
4 Soldiers, Sailors and Sportsmen 53
5 Cardigans and Corsets 69
6 Warm Socks from Warm Hearts 77
7 Knitting Between the Wars 93
8 Another War and More Khaki Socks 117
9 Shortages, Rations and Greasy Jerseys 133
10 Fashion, Business and Money 153
11 Making and Selling Yarn 177
12 Pattern Books and Leaflets 197
13 The Good Life 211
14 Learning and Teaching 227
15 Knitting for Love and Glory 235
16 Protest and Politics 255
17 Real Men Do Knit 265
A Last Word 274
Glossary 276
Select bibliography 284
Notes 288
Index 303
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