Message To Earth – Threadworks 2010 ‘Best Hand Embroidery’

I am very pleased to announce that my entry, 'Message To Earth', was juried into Threadworks 2010, Apr 24 to June 13 and will be in a three year touring exhibition. I am thrilled to have won the Juror's Choice for Best Hand Embroidery.

I wanted to portray the "life-destruction-renewal-life" cycle as a statement of hope for what appears to be planet Earth in distress. Like a caring letter one would write to a friend, I have embroidered words along the branches to suggest leaves, there but not there, waiting for a friendly helpful hand.


Materials used:

rust dyed cotton, commercial cotton, hand dyed silk chiffon overlays, fabric leaves, commercial and hand dyed perle threads.


Size: 18 in x 17.25 in  (Representational Wall Quilt)


Techniques: appliqué with hand and machine stitching


  • fabric dyed with metal pieces to create rust colored markings on cotton
  • transfer dyes on silk chiffon to create layers of color
  • machine appliquéd fabric leaves on first layer
  • machine couched perle threads to create tree and branches
  • hand embroidery for lettering, leaves, quilted stitches in background and additional threads to the couched branches.

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