Author(s): Rosemary McLeod
A magnificent vintage craft and needlework book, coupled with social history. Craft of all sorts is having a strong revival and there is no more expert writer and designer than the talented Rosemary McLeod. A longtime avid collector, maker, exhibition curator, craft historian and writer, her glorious new book is a treasure trove for the serious embroiderer, felter, sewer and knitter. McLeod takes vintage patterns and renders them with a modern twist. The 47 projects range from bags to gloves, cushions to tea cosies covers, wrapped up with memoir, social history, fascinating facts, tips and hints. The projects are all magnificently photographed by leading photographer Jane Ussher and the evocative 'still lives' of pieces and objects from McLeod's exquisite and enviable collection make this book a jewel in itself.
Rosemary McLeod is one of New Zealand's best known and most distinguished journalists, and in her long career she has written for the New Zealand Listener, North and South and the Sunday Star-Times. She is an expert needleworker and collector, and she has curated museum exhibitions built around her own extensive collecton of textiles and craft pieces. Her previous book From Thrift To Fantasy was a bestseller that also won New Zealand's book of the year award. Jane Ussher is one of New Zealand's most skilled and respected photographers. Her 2010 book Still Lives was a magnificent photographic catalogue of the Antarctic huts of Scott and Shackleton.