We've added some new books to our library...explore textile related titles from fashion blockbusters to grace your coffee table to rare exhibition catalogues. Browse our selection and enjoy 25% off books.
Grab a cup of tea and read on for our list of books to cosy up with as the weather gets colder:
The historiography of the Great War has been significantly renewed in recent years; yet, despite its crucial social, economic, and cultural importance, the role that fashion played in shaping wartime experiences and economies on an international scale between 1914 and 1918 has largely gone unaddressed. Fashion, Society, and the First World War fills this gap by offering a comprehensive analysis of the impact of the war on the ways that the fashion industry functioned in a global wartime economy, as well as on the ways that women and men negotiated this new world.
In the first book to address the critical role of the (un)dressed body in the formation of the modern Middle East, the essays in Fashioning the Modern Middle East unveil contemporary struggles over nation, gender, modernity and post-modernity. Contributions from leading interdisciplinary scholars, exploring gender representation, photography, dress and visual culture, recount the role of the visible elite body in campaigns for gender and social emancipation, dress histories concerning early nationalist women and men, and legal frameworks used by those who seek to control the movement of gendered bodies. The result is a rich picture of a historical period and cultural landscape which brings dress and visual culture back into historical narratives of the modern Middle East.
With the season of giving is on the horizon, many crafters will be used to the impulse of wanting to make gifts for all their loved-ones, but lack the time to simply make everything! Look no further than 100 Little Christmas Gifts to Make. All projects are simple enough for experienced beginners and will also appeal to seasoned crafters. The tools and materials are inexpensive and widely available and these charming Christmas items make fabulous quick gifts for family and friends. The book covers a wide variety of crafts from knitting, crochet, papercraft, stitching, sugarcraft, felt decorations, jewellery making, cross stitch, mosaic making, decoupage, polymer clay decorations and needlepoint.
Finally, readers looking to get lost in a good book should look no further than A Single Thread from global bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracey Chevalier. It is 1932, and the losses of the First World War are still keenly felt. Violet Speedwell, mourning for both her fiancé and her brother and regarded by society as a ‘surplus woman’ unlikely to marry, resolves to escape her suffocating mother and strike out alone. A new life awaits her in Winchester. Violet falls in with the broderers, a disparate group of women charged with embroidering kneelers for the Cathedral, and is soon entwined in their lives and their secrets.
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