Needlework In Fiction

Picture of two books: "The Rose of Sebastopol" by Katharine McMahon, and "A Single Thread" by Tracy Chevalier

I have asked for works of fiction in which needlework plays a prominent and positive part, but I’m not being too picky about the form of needlework – knitting, crochet, lace are all welcome here. What I can’t yet speak to is just how positive and prominent a part is played by needlecrafts in a particular book.

Tracy Chevalier – A Single Thread
Tracy Chevalier – The Last Runaway
Katherine McMahon – The Rose of Sebastopol
Jill Paton Walsh – A Piece of Justice
Fiona Valpy – A Dressmaker’s Gift
Jennifer Robson – The Gown
Amanda Roberts – Threads of Silk
Heather Barbieri – The Lacemakers of Glenmara
Laura Purcell – The Poison Thread
Kelli Estes – The Girl Who Wrote In Silk
Patricia McKillip – Solstice Wood
Hilary Mantel – A Cromwell Trilogy
Prue Batten – The Stumpwork Robe (first of a series)
Monica Ferris – A Needlecraft Mystery (series)
Anne Canadeo – While My Pretty One Knits (series)
Lea Wait – A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery (series)
Neil Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, The System of the World)
Susanna Clarke – Antickes and Frets (short story, collected in “The Ladies of Grace Adieu”)
Janice Peacock – Bead Mystery Series
Meredith Jaeger – The Dressmaker’s Dowry
Molly McRae – Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery Series
Liz Trenow – The Forgotten Seamstress
Kathleen Ernst – The Lacemaker’s Secret (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery, 9)

“Brodeuse”/”A Common Thread” – tambour embroidery