Stitched Stories: A Tale of Subversive Stitchers


No NSFW Saturday this week folks. Instead I want to draw your attention to a film that focuses on two projects that I have a keen interest in: Fine Cell Work and the Craftivist Collective.

Stitched Stories: a tale of subversive stitchers is a 20 minute film produced by Rachel Taverner and Northern Films:

For decades Britain has associated needlecraft with our grandmothers, Women’s Institutes and art students. Stitched Stories weaves the interlocking narratives of the Craftivist Collective founder, Sarah Corbett and ex-prisoner Neil who continues to sew for Fine Cell Work. The documentary reveals the power and potential of needlecraft on their lives.

“At a time when the prison population is at an all time high and activists are frequently represented as angry citizens, Stitched Stories creates a visual space for prisoners and activists to subvert society’s stereotypes and illustrate the real meaning of needlework.

It really is a fantastic film, warm and engaging, that makes you proud to be involved in the needle arts. Get yourself a hot drink, make yourself comfortable and enjoy this film. Then come back and tell me what you think of it.

You can find out more about the film on the Stitched Stories website.

Mr X

Jamie Chalmers, aka Mr X Stitch, aka the Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery is the founder of the Mr X Stitch site, the world's longest running embroidery blog, the curator of PUSH Stitchery and the author of the Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch. He is also the founder of XStitch, the game-changing cross stitch design magazine which launched in Summer 2017.

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