• Common Threads Press

  • Independent publisher putting radical histories of craft and making on your bookshelf.
  • NEW: Stitching Freedom: Embroidery and Incarceration

  • Embroidery historian Isabella Rosner unpicks twelve embroidered histories to discover what can be created when freedom is out of reach.
  • Upcoming Events

  • Discover our 2024 events including lectures, workshops and Craft in Conversation talks.

Common Threads Press

Independent publisher putting radical histories of craft and making on your bookshelf. Shop

NEW: Stitching Freedom: Embroidery and Incarceration

Embroidery historian Isabella Rosner unpicks twelve embroidered histories to discover what can be created when freedom is out of reach. SHOP

Upcoming Events

Discover our 2024 events including lectures, workshops and Craft in Conversation talks. Find out more

Reviews

I really appreciate how diverse Common Threads is and I respect that you are always looking to make things even more diverse and wide ranging.

Survey respondent, January 2024

I like how you always cover a wide array of topics from across history and talk about people from all walks of life. You do a lot of great work diversifying craft history!

Survey respondent, January 2024

It brings together so many talented and interesting artists, researchers, makers, and readers — it feels like a wonderful community!

Survey respondent, January 2024

NEW: Stitching Freedom: Embroidery and Incarceration

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Testimonials

I am such a huge fan of Common Threads Press, who offer a vibrant and vital platform to craft stories that have often been neglected from wider histories. Beautifully produced and exacting in research, these publications show that as with everything, the history of craft is deeply political.

Amber Butchart, curator, writer and history consultant for BBC One's Great British Sewing Bee.

Diasporic Threads platforms a stunning selection of works by contemporary Black women textile artists and is rich in critical insight and historical context.

Ferren Gipson, author of Women's Work: From Feminine Arts to Feminist Arts and The Ultimate Art Museum.

Common Threads Press publications are brilliant: accessible, informative, powerful.

They bring to the fore the universal human stories told by textiles and their making, underscoring the intimate and political power of fabric.

Rachel Dedman, Jameel Curator of Contemporary Art from the Middle East at the V&A, curator of 'Material Power: Palestinian Embroidery'.

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Fundraising

We've raised £2979 for charities and community groups since 2021 through our publications, prints and collaborations!

£1772 for the Navajo Quilt Project ~ £606 for The Outside Project ~ £468 for the Black Art Library ~ £133 for Leeway Domestic Abuse Services ~ £280 for Norwich Trans Pride