That's what the judges thought. But if I were choosing best in show, it would go to Stephen Sidelinger. Like others I have mentioned, he has two pieces in the exhibit. Both were delicious, but this was my favorite.
Many hand-stitched works depend on the sheer virtuosity and texture of the stitches for their impact, but this one, virtually flat and matte, rises and falls on its powerful imagery.
Finally, if I could choose a runner-up it would be this piece by Eszter Bornemisza. I've drooled over her work before but this is a lot different from what I've seen in other shows.
It's a 3-D work, composed of three separate panels of bits of newspaper joined by a machine-sewed thread grid. (Do I like it because it reminds me of my own work?)