H.D., Embroidery, and Modernism

Embroidery detail from The Space Between Scalar media archive, image credit from the Schaeffner Family
Image Detail from Amy Elkins’s article in The Space Between

Two recent articles focus on H.D.’s contributions to the visual arts through her elaborate embroidery projects.

Elizabeth Anderson’s “H.D.’s Tapestry: Embroidery, William Morris, and The Sword Went Out to Sea” appears in Modernist Cultures, vol. 12, no. 2 (2017). Linking H.D.’s tapestry work both to her spiritualism and to her inspiration in the Pre-Raphaelites, Anderson explores H.D.’s use of tapestry in her late novel The Sword Went Out to Sea.
Amy E. Elkins of Macalester College published “A Stitch in Time: H.D.’s Craft Modernism as Transhistoric Repair” in The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945, vol. 12, no. 6 (2016). Elkins’s abstract notes that her “essay presents, for the first time, an archive of H.D.’s needlework and demonstrates its relationship to her literary craft.” The essay is filled with rich images of H.D.’s embroidery, and Elkins links that work to psychological strategies of coping and survival in the wake of World War I.
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