The Golden Thread

I’m trying to read more this year, it’s one of my Nineteen for 19 challenges, so when I saw an interesting book just before Christmas I dropped a big hint that it was on my wish list! As it’s all about textiles I thought it may be of interest.

The book in question is called The Golden Thread, it’s by Kassia St Clair and it is fascinating! It’s all about the history of thread and textiles and how they have impacted on our lives over the centuries. As it says on the cover “When we talk of lives hanging by a thread, being interwoven, or part of the social fabric, we are part of a tradition that stretches back many thousands of years. Fabric has allowed us to achieve extraordinary things and survive in unlikely places and this book shows you how and why.” 

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Each chapter tells the story of a different thread and she goes right back to the beginning – 30,000 years ago!!!! Thread has been found which dates back 30,000 years! There’s a chapter on the Vikings and their woollen sail cloths, the linen used to wrap Egyptian mummies, the story of silk and the connection with the Great Wall of China, cotton, lace…

Kassia also tells the dark history of man-made fibres such as rayon and viscose. To be honest I never really knew the difference between the various man-made fabrics and I certainly didn’t really consider how they were made, but I can also now see where bamboo fabric fits in.

The book goes right up to date with sporting fabrics, mountaineering and space exploration. She also covers the ecological and political issues and events such as the Bhopal factory disaster.

It’s a wide ranging book, full of fascinating insights into something many people take for granted, textiles. For those of you in the UK, The Book People have it at a very good price!

I’m tempted to read her book on colour now…

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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14 Responses to The Golden Thread

  1. anne54 says:

    It sounds like my kind of book! I’ve added it to my book list (that only grows longer!) and will see if my library has it.

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  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    It sounds like a good read. What would we do without thread and fabrics???

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  3. I never thought very mush about it.

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    That does sound interesting.

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  5. prue batten says:

    I’ve added it to my list!

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  6. That really sounds like an interesting book that I would love to read. I love learning about how different fabrics, textiles and techniques came into play and how they have evolved over the years.

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  7. JJ Crafts says:

    It sounds fascinating!

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  8. wybrow1966 says:

    Sounds interesting – my main experience of man made fabrics is lighting up in the dark whilst wearing nylon!

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  9. claire93 says:

    I’ve added it to my wish list on amazon ^^ sounds very interesting!

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  10. tinaor says:

    OOh that looks so interesting – tell us more as you read it PLEASE!

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  11. I’m reading this one at the moment and it’s great. I totally recommend her other book on colour too if you’re hesitating – you can read my full review here:

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  12. Anne says:

    I got it for Christmas but haven’t read it yet

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  13. magpiesue says:

    I received a copy of Kassia’s book The Secret Lives of Color for Christmas. 🙂 Now I’m going to have to follow it with this one!

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