The Thread of Life

The Thread of Life is a contemporary art project using the traditional medium of cross-stitch. It consists of 83 works from contributors around the world, based on a strand of DNA, and a large scale sculptural cross-stitch piece by Sharon Mossbeck.

The work is inspired by the Three Fates, or Moirai, of Ancient Greek Myth. In myth, each of the Moirai spins, allots and cuts each person’s thread of life, thus dictating their lifespan. Their names are Clotho (the spinner) Lachesis (the allotter) and Atropos (the un-turnable, the who cuts the threads).

Find out more about the project HERE.

The Thread of Life [Cross-stitch]

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Sharon Mossbeck. The Thread of Life. Aida, cotton, clay. 2016

Sharon Mossbeck. The Thread of Life. Aida, cotton, clay. 2016

Fragments

Fragments are un-stitched sections of the original Thread of Life pattern.

Hour glass corner

Fragment 1. Cotton on Aida. 2016

bottom section

Fragment 2. Cotton on Aida. 2016

DNA Strands

1

Miranda Sky. Is it a Boy or a Girl

2

Natalie Freeborn. Untitled

3

Gail Parkin. The First Step to Discovery

4

Christine Thompson. The Doctor’s Flower

5

Hazel Wagstaff. Jeans for Genes

6

Jennifer Lashmar. La Vie en Multicolore

8

Āngela Lavilla Canėdo. Blood and Colours

7

Dianne Hayes. I AM STRONG AND FRAGILE IN THE SAME BREATH

9

Suzanne King. DNA – A Stained Glass Window

10

Kathy Rayworth. Life at Twilight

11

Erica Ritter. Untitled

12

Elizabeth Silvester.Identity (Some Medical Knowledge)

13

Lynne Gledart. A Rambling Life

14

Su Rollinson. Untitled

15

Myfanwy Evans. Untitled

16

Sylvia Sparrow. Untitled

17

Janet Elizabeth Pritchard. Life’s Rich Pattern

18

Wendy Williams. Journeys

19

M Morson. Love of Life

20

Jane Sargent. The Full Spectrum of Life

21

Cecily Kenyon. Room for Improvement

22

Trish Knowles. Shades of Darling Roses

23

Sharon Hall Shipp. Recombinant 2005

24

Alison Keenan. My Double Helix

25

Sue Sammons. The Cycle of Life

26

Janice Bradley. DNA

27

Hayley Ashcroft. Inner Woods

28

Bonnijo Grace Chervenock. Untitled

29

Rosemary Singleton. My Character (What Makes Me Who I Am)

30

Niki Tyler. Polycystic Kidney Disease

31

Courtney Battistone. Untitled

32

Andrea Temporal. Changing of Seasons

33

Stacy Fite-Herman. Talk Nerdy to Me

34

Mike Robson. SVUK (Systematic Variation UnKnown)

35

Sophie Cooke. Fire & Ice

36

Sarah A. Oldham. The Thread of Life

37

Lyndsay Cecil. Rainbow of Love

38

Viktor Gavyliuk. Ornamental DNA

39

Viktor Gavryliuk. Wheat and Cornflowers

40

Tanya Ahmed. 3 Generations

41

Catherine Harrison. Hermes Trismegistus

42

Jane Hardstaff. Inherited Characteristics

43

Pam Hallam. Positive and Negative Image

44

Kerry McSeveny. Untitled

45

Unknown Artist. Untitled

46

Laura Simms. Out of Darkness Cometh Light

47

Anne Simms. WWFC in My DNA

48

Sarah Markall. Untitled

49

Corinne Clemson. Blackwork is in My DNA

50

Jenny Mardle. DNA Stitchery

51

Glynis Candler. Different from Me

52

Hannah Clarke. Untitled

53

Hannah Clarke. Scraps of Life

54

Melissa Dove. Chemistry of Life

55

Teresa Howes. Barcode of a Bumble Bee

56

Catherine Howes. DNA: Do Not Attempt?

57

Jessica Baily. This Hurts

58

S. E. Stevens. DNA the Source of All Life

59

Common Threads. Untitled

60

Common Threads. Untitled

61

Common Threads. Untitled

62

Common Threads. Untitled

63

Common Threads. Untitled

64

Common Threads. Untitled

65

Common Threads. Untitled

66

Common Threads. Untitled

67

Common Threads. Untitled

68

Marjorie Ellis. Creation

69

Alison French. Untitled

70

Matthew French. Untitled

71

Priyanka Khanduja. Meher is my Thread of Life

72

Joanna Davies-Mourby. Perfectly Imperfect

73

Caroline Yates. BeeNA

74

Jacqueline Wayman. Patriotism

75

Anne Martin. Not Just Black & White

76

Allyson Constable. Dream Gene

77

Aydee Hawker. Battle of the Sexes

78

Kate Ibbeson. Generations

79

Ali Coldwell. Beyond Fear

80

Common Threads. Untitled

81

Alison Beck. 3D

82

Viktor Gavryiuk. St Georges Cross

83

Viktor Gavryiuk. Sharon Mossbeck

84

Debra Eck.Genome

Media and More Information

The project has received lots of attention from the media, as well as galleries and other venues. If you would like to be involved, write about the project, more information, or are a venue looking to work together in some way, please email me, sharonmossbeck@hotmail.co.uk

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25 Responses to The Thread of Life

  1. Christine Davies says:

    I have never completed a cross stich piece of work but am really interested in your project Sharon! I shall be watching it’s progress with interest and will hopefully be inspired to do more cross-stiching from now on! 🙂

  2. I have just taken up needlework and would be very interested in creating a piece of work for your exhibition, it sounds fascinating. I better thinking… and stitching! Laura

  3. Sue says:

    Hi Sharon, I would love to take part in your project. I hope you will keep us up to date with progress. I am looking forward to seeing lots of photos of all the various pieces that you receive. Good luck.

  4. Linda says:

    Sharon,
    I am currently working on a large project – Prometheus – not sure it would fit in with you exhibit, I am stitching for a gift for my son (his favorite painting in the Philly museum of art). Wouldn’t mind sharing the final piece? Let me know. I can send pics of my WIP. Need to get it done by September…

  5. Beverly DiSabato says:

    Hi Sharon, So happy to learn of your project. What is the end date for submission of pieces? Would be coming from Pittsburgh, PA, US

    • Hi Beverly,

      It seems that mail takes around 7 working days to arrive in the UK from the USA. The last date for submissions is 1st September, so you should be fine as long as you get it sent off before then, but if you’re running late just drop me an email to let me know. My address is sharonmossbeck@hotmail.co.uk

      Many thanks 🙂

  6. ya_ne_volshebnica says:

    Привет. Кому что подарили на день всех влюбленных?

  7. Hannah says:

    Love this idea…will be ordering some fabric & planning my colour scheme

  8. Margaret says:

    I’m in Florida, but would love to participate. Would you accept pieces on linen, or aida only?

  9. lucy hilliage says:

    Hi. I’d love to do a peice for you . My email is t1ger_2@hotmail.co.uk. Let me know how to get involved.x

  10. sarah sanford says:

    Love the concept of this work and I would like to contribute a DNA piece of work for your contribution part. Could you send me the pattern and size you would like it . Good luck on your project

  11. Hi Sharon, I’m going to have to be a part of your project! I am asking my other American Needlepoint Guild Main Line Stitchers (Philadelphia, PA) if they are interested since we have until September to stitch. From the graph paper, it appears you want each to be a 3.5 x 9″ portion of a DNA molecule on 14 count. Are you familiar with the stiffer mono canvas? That’s what we have a ton of & in 14 count. One of our members passed away & had a roll of it that we got. Is that ground material ok for your project? Or, would you prefer the softer Aida fabric? Thanks, Melita

    • Hi Melita,
      That’s great! You can use whatever material you like for your work. As for the pattern, you are free to adapt it however you like, and do whatever you want with it, the more creative the better! There are no rules!

  12. Annette says:

    I’m really interested in taking part and helping you with this project. Can you tell me what you need and how to send it to you.
    Kind regards
    Annette

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  15. Rowena Hirji says:

    Hi Sharon, Sheffield was my home town, I was born there. I would love to help you. I run an embroidery group in Hertfordshire and have just read a U3A newsletter telling us what you are doing. Please can you let me have details of your pattern and size etc. Thanks, Rowena

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