The Loving Stitch: A History of Knitting and Spinning in New Zealand

Heather Nicholson

‘This is a beautifully presented book, full of historical and social interest.’
– Otago Daily Times


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 humour. 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.


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 (1988). Her extensive research into the history of knitting was supported by Creative New Zealand and by the 1993 Suffrage Trust. 

Montana Book Awards Medal for Non-fiction, 1999.

 

March 1998, 250 x 190 mm, 314 pages, illustrations
Paperback, ISBN 9781869401887