Acknowledgments Introduction 2009 1 The Creation of Femininity 2 Eternalising the Feminine 3 Fertility, Chastity and Power 4 The Domestication of Embroidery 5 The Inculcation of Femininity 6 From Milkmaids to Mothers 7 Femininity as Feeling 8 A Naturally Revolutionary Art? Notes to chapters Bibliography Glossary Index
Uses household accounts, women's magazines, letters, novels and the works of art themselves to trace through history how the separation of the craft of embroidery from the fine arts came to be a major force in the marginalisation of women's work. This book also discusses the contradictory nature of women's experience of embroidery.
Rozsika Parker (1945-2010) published widely in Art History and Psychoanalysis. The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine first appeared in 1984. Torn in Two: The Experience of Maternal Ambivalence was published in 1995. She and Griselda Pollock together wrote Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology (1981) and edited Feminism: Art and the Women's Movement 1970-1985 (1987).