SS leader Heinrich Himmler’s struggle with the French Resistance for ownership of the medieval Bayeux Tapestry, and elderly men in Edinburgh compiling a collage on sectarianism, are just two of the stories in a debut book about subversive needlework by a Scottish textile artist attracting interest worldwide. Clare Hunter’s Threads Of Life, billed as a history of the world through the eye of the needle, reveals how the voiceless – including political prisoners in Chile, women in the Japanese Changi Prison in Singapore during the Second World War and Mary Queen of Scots –used symbols in their sewing to send out messages.

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