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Histories: Stitching Theory

  • Sonja Boon
  • Lesley Butler
  • Daze Jefferies
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Abstract

This chapter considers handcraft, an intimate, reflective—and reflexive—activity through which generations of women have made sense of their lives, as a site of theory making. Bringing together scholarship on knitting, cooking, quilting, and craftivism, it asserts that handcraft, as process-oriented work, is a form of both life writing and theory making through which we stitch ourselves and our thinking into being.

Keywords

Handcraft Stitching Embodiment Craftivism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sonja Boon
    • 1
  • Lesley Butler
    • 1
  • Daze Jefferies
    • 1
  1. 1.Memorial University of NewfoundlandSt John’sCanada

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