Hope is the Thing with Feathers
© 2014 Karen Marchetti
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
69 x 59 inches
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The verbiage on this quilt is an excerpt from Emily Dickinson’s poem Hope is the Thing with Feathers.
To me, there is so much meaning in this quilt… the dark hand, although it is full of fear, sorrow, and pain, it still has hope (the feathers and swirls stitched in charcoal thread). The hand is reaching for HOPE (the thing with feathers), and as it reaches out it is emitting more hope – the quilted feathers. What can barely be seen is that the feathers, as well as the swirls behind the birds, are a pastel variegated thread representing little glimmers of hope. Just remember, no matter what you are going through, no matter what is going on in your world, do not give up — there is always HOPE – just reach for it!
The cotton background was dyed by hand-spraying dyes, the cotton fabric for the appliqué birds was painted with Shiva Oil Paintstiks, and wool was used for the batting. The invisible appliqué was accomplished with Superior MonoPoly and it was quilted on my Gammill with Glide and Madeira poly threads and Superior gold metallic thread.
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