Sheryl Meech – Series #2 – Pohutukawa

Pohutukawa known to grow up to 20m in height with a canopy spread of 10-50m. Specimens typically multi trunked from the base, trunks up to 2m in diameter branches spreading often arching, sometimes looping over the ground, and/or bearing brooms of aerial adventitious roots.

Techniques:  I Painted vliesofix  to help create the texture of the bark and deconstructed some hessian to create the aerial roots.

Photo taken at Christmas showing the aerial roots

Pohutukawa actual tree



Close up


Quilt in Series


  1. carolinehiggs

    A great second in the series, it is really interesting to see a different interpretation of the obviously same plant. I love the way that you have created the aerial roots and flowers.

  2. Chantal Guillermet

    A beautiful interpretation of your picture ! I really like your embroideries for the flowers and how represent the aerial roots. Bravo !

  3. What a great idea to use hessian for the roots, this second quilt works well with our first introduction to the Pohutukawa. Well done

  4. How interesting! Thank you for posting a photo of the actual plant; here on the Canadian Prairie I have nothing to which I could compare it! 😉 I particularly like the way you have worked out the roots and how the leaves look three-dimensional because of the play of the light and dark greens.

  5. joanbrailsford

    Your second piece gives a great alternative view of this lovely tree. It must be a beautiful thing to see (as your photo testifies). The hessian is a great way to work the roots, and I like the way you have depicted the flowers. Well done

  6. Really nice to see now the bark and the roots in this second piece of the Pohotukawa and how you have interpreted them in fabric. Beautiful done.

  7. Another beautiful portrayal of this gorgeous tree. I love your techniques especially the use of hessian for the aerial roots.

  8. I like the way you did the areal roots. The flowers you created are as transparent as the real ones are. Well done!

  9. The techniques you used for the roots and flowers are very nicely done, I also liked the way you you extended the tree into the binding.

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