Below is a list of books, article and websites relating to story cloths, arpilleras, and the use of textiles in art therapy. It is by no means exhaustive and will continue to grow.
Adams, J. (2013). Art against dictatorship: Making and exporting arpilleras under Pinochet. Austin: University of Texas Press.Agosin, M. (2008). Tapestries of hope, threads of love: The arpillera movement in Chile. (2nd ed.). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
Agosin, M. (ed.) (2014). Stitching resistance: Women, creativity, and fiber arts. Kent, England: Solis Press.
Bacic, R. (2014). The art of resistance, memory, and testimony in political arpilleras. In M. Agosin (Ed.). Stitching resistance: Women,
creativity, and fiber arts. Kent, England: Solis Press.
Barber, E. W. (1994). Women’s work: The first 20,000 years: Women, cloth, and society in early times. NY, NY: WW Norton & Co.
Boateng, S., Asinyo, B., Howard, E., Apau, E., Seidu, R. (2021). Textile art creation as a tool for raising awareness of corruption in
Ghana. Textile and Leather Review. https://doi.org/10.31881/TLR.2020.23
Botello, S. A. (2015). An exploratory comparative study of a cognitive behavioral intervention, an art intervention, and no treatment
on mood, stress, and quality of life in adult women (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from
http://search.proquest.com.libproxy.nau.edu/ docview/1758001295?accountid=12706 . (Order No. 3746449).
Botello, S.A., Moan, E., Collier, A., Thomason, T., & Kerr, E. (2015, August). An exploratory comparative study of a cognitive behavioral intervention, an art intervention, and no treatment on mood, stress, and quality of life in adult women. Poster presented at the 123rd American Psychological Association Conference, Toronto, Canada.
Camhi, L. (2018). Some of the most provocative political art is made with fibers. The York Times. www.nytimes.com/2018/03/14/t-magazine/art/fiber-knitting-weaving-politics.html
Chansky, R. A. (2010). A stitch in time: Third-wave feminist reclamation of needled imagery. Popular Culture, 43(4), 681-700.
Cohen, R. A. (2013). Common Threads: A recovery programme for survivors of gender based violence. Intervention: Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas, 11(2), 157-168.
Collier, A. F. (2011). The well-being of women who create with textiles: Implications for art therapy. Art Therapy: Journal of the
American Art Therapy Association. 28(3), 104-112.
Collier, A. F. (2012). Handcrafts in therapy with women: Weaving lives back together. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Collier, A.D. & Wayment, H.A. (2017). Psychological benefits of the “maker” or do-it-yourself movement in young adults: A pathway
towards subjective well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies, online, 1-23.
Collier, A.F., Wayment, H.A., Birkett, M. (2016). Impact of making textile handcrafts on mood enhancement and inflammatory
immune changes. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 33 (4), 178-185.
Collier, A. F. & von Karolyi, C. (2014). Rejuvenation in the “making”: Lingering mood repair in textile handcrafters. Psychology of
Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0037080.
Cooke, A. & MacDowell, M. (Eds.) (2005). Weavings of war: Fabrics of memory: An exhibition catalogue. Lansing, MI: Michigan State
De Petrillo, L., & Winner, E. (2005). Does art improve mood? A test of a key assumption underlying art therapy. Art Therapy: Journal
of the American Art Therapy Association, 22(4), 205-212.
Eshet, D. (2008). Stitching truth: Women’s protest art in Pinochet’s Chile. The Making History Series, (Adam Strom & the Facing History
and Ourselves Staff, Eds.). Brookline, MA: Facing History and Ourselves Foundation, Inc.
Feen-Calligan, H., McIntyre, B. & Sands-Goldstein, M. (2009). Art therapy applications of dolls in grief recovery, identity, and
community service. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. 26(4), 167-173.
Freeman, R. (1996). A communion of spirits: African-American quilters, preservers, and their stories. Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill
Fry, G. (1990). Stitched form the soul: Slave quilts from the Antebellum South. NY: Dutton Studio Books.
Gana, C. P. & Jenkins, L. M. (2016). Resilient threads: Telling our stories. (Hilos resilientes: Cosiendo nuestras historias). Textile Society
of America Symposium Proceedings. 981. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/tsaconf/981
Garlock, L. R. (2016). Stories in the Cloth: Art Therapy and Narrative Textiles. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy
Association. 33:2, 58-66.
Garlock, L. (2021). Alone in the desert: Making sense of the senseless through story cloths. In L. Leone, Ed., Craft in Art Therapy:
Diverse approaches to the transformative power of craft materials and methods. Routledge.
Gerdner, L. A. (2015). Hmong story cloths: Preserving historical & cultural treasures. Arglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Greer, B. (2014). Craftivism: The art of craft and activism. Vancouver, BC: Arsenal Pulp Press.
Grudin, E. U. (1990). Stitching memories: African-American story quilts. Williamstown, MA: Williams College Museum of Art.
Hahn, K.H.Y., Collier, A.D., & Chyu, R (2013). Resurgence of textile-making in contemporary Korean culture: Intergenerational
differences. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 31(4), 215-230.
Hernández, A. P. & Berenguel, M. V. (2009). Arpilleras: dones cosint histories. (Arpilleras: Women sewing stories.) Badalona: Fundaciò Ateneu Sant Roc.
Holmes, C. (2015). Stitch stories: Personal places, spaces, and traces in textile art. Batsford.
Homer, E. (2015). Piece work: Fabric collage as a neurodevelopmental approach to trauma treatment. Art Therapy: Journal of the
American Art Therapy Association, 32(1), 20-26.
Hunter, C. (2019). Threads of life: A history of the world through the eye of a needle. Abrams Press.
Huss, E. (2010). Bedoin women’s embroidery as female empowerment. In C. Moon (Ed.). Materials & medial in art therapy: Critical
understanding of diverse artistic vocabularies. (Kindle for iPad version 4.8) Retrieved from Amazon.com
Kalmanowitz, D. and Llyod, B. ((1999). Fragments of art at work: art therapy in the former Yugoslavia. The Arts in Psychotherapy,
Krinitz, E. & Steinhardt, B. (2005). Memories of survival. Washington, DC: Bernice Steinhardt & Helene McQuade.
Landes, J. (2012). Hanging by a thread: Articulating women’s experience via textiles. In Feminist approaches to art therapy, (Hogan, S. ed.). Oxford: Berghahn Books.
Leone, L. (Ed.) (2021). Craft in Art Therapy: Diverse approaches to the transformative power of craft materials and methods.
Mazloomi, C. (2019). Visioning human rights in the new millenium: Quilting the world's conscience. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing,
Mazloomi, C. (2015). And still we rise: Race, culture, and visual conversations. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Mazloomi, C. (1998). Spirits of the cloth: Contemporary African-American quilts. New York, NY: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc.
Macdowell, M., Worrall, M., Swanson, L., & Donaldson, B. (2016). Quilts and human rights. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.
Moon, C. (2010). Materials & media in art therapy: Critical understanding of diverse artistic vocabularies. (Kindle for iPad version 4.8)
Retrieved from Amazon.com
Moya-Raggio, E. (1984). “Arpilleras”: Chilean culture of resistance. Feminist Studies, 10(2), 277-290.
Moxley, D., Feen-Calligan, H., Washington, O. & Garriott, L. (2011). Quilting in self-efficacy group work with older African American
women leaving homelessness. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. 28(3), 113-122.
Nisenthal Krinitz, E. & Steinhardt, B. (2005). Memories of Survival. : Washington, DC: Bernice Steinhardt & Helene McQuade.
Parker, R. (2010). The subversive stitch: Embroidery and the making of the feminine. London: I.B. Tauris & Co., Ltd. (Original work published in 1984).
Reynolds, F. (2000). Managing depression through needlecraft creative activities: A qualitative study. The Arts in Psychotherapy. 27(2),
Reynolds, F. (2002). Symbolic aspects of coping with chronic illness through textile arts. The Arts in Psychotherapy. 29, 199-106.
Reynolds, F. (2000). Managing depression through needlecraft creative activities: A qualitative study. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 27(2),
Ruskin, C. (1988). The quilt: Stories from the Names Project. NY, NY: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Sew to Speak: Narrative Textiles in Human Rights and Healing Practice Conference, 2014. Geneva, Switzerland.
St. Clair, K. (2018). The golden thread: How fabric changed the world. Liveright Publishing.
Studio Art Quilt Associates (2016). Stories of migration: Contemporary artists interpret diaspora. Storrs, CT: SAQA, Inc.
Styles, J. (2010). Threads of feeling: The London Foundling Hospital's textile tokens, 1740-1770. The Foundling Museum.
The Archival Platform. (2012). Conversations we do not have. Retrieved from
The Artist Circle Alliance, LCC. (2017). Threads of resistance: A juried exhibition created to protest the Trump administration’s actions
and policies. Catalog, designed by Perez, I. and Perez, J.C. www.threadsofresistance.com.
Timm-Bottos, J. (2011). Endangered threads: Socially committed community art action.Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art
Therapy Association. 28(2), 57-63.
Transforming Threads of Resistance: Political Arpilleras & Testiles by Women from Chile and Around the World (2012). Catalog of
exhibit at Univeristy of Massachusetts, Amherst.
United Nations Population Fund (2012). Women are the fabric, quilts reflect their strength. Retrieved from
Wahlman, M. S. (2001). Signs & symbols: African images in African American quilts. Atlanta, GA: Tinwood Books.
Weavings of War: Fabrics of Memory (2005). An Exhibition Catalogue. (A. Z. Cooke & M. MacDowell, Eds.). E. Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Museum.
Website: https://naplab.com/guides/bedroom-blankets/ Resource for beginning quilters
Wellesley-Smith, C. (2015). Slow stitch: Mindful and contemplative textile art. London, UK: Batsford.
Wellesley-Smith, C. (2021). Resilient stitch: Wellbeing and connection in textile art. London, UK: Batsford.
Jamison, Gayla (c. 2016). Lightfoot Films, Inc. COMMON THREADS. 12 minutes
Jamison, Gayla (1992). Lightfoot Films, Inc. SCRAPS OF LIFE. 37 minutes
Shapiro-Perl, Nina (2012). THROUGH THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE: THE ART OF ESTHER NISENTHAL KRINITZ. 30 minutes
Thomas, Barrie (2014). THE MAKING OF THE TAPESTRY. (Last Invasion of England) time unknown
TV Documentary series, Worn Stories, 2021, based on book by Emily Spivack https://www.netflix.com/title/80240923
Haptic and Hue Website. Podcast. Wide range of textile information and stories.
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