Jewish Threads: A Hands-On Guide to Stitching Spiritual Intention into Jewish Fabric Crafts

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Learn how to make your own Jewish fabric crafts with spiritual intention—venture into a world of creativity, imagination & inspiration.

Journey along with talented Jewish fabric craft artists from throughout the United States and Israel as they retrace their steps in the creative process used to make thirty evocative projects. Then tap into your inner creativity by following step-by-step instructions to fashion family heirlooms with your own personal flair. Inspirational and...

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Jewish Threads: A Hands-On Guide to Stitching Spiritual Intention into Jewish Fabric Crafts

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Overview

Learn how to make your own Jewish fabric crafts with spiritual intention—venture into a world of creativity, imagination & inspiration.

Journey along with talented Jewish fabric craft artists from throughout the United States and Israel as they retrace their steps in the creative process used to make thirty evocative projects. Then tap into your inner creativity by following step-by-step instructions to fashion family heirlooms with your own personal flair. Inspirational and motivational, these projects and stories will resonate with your artistic soul and awaken a desire to hand-craft Jewish fabric keepsakes to pass down from generation to generation. Projects and techniques include:

Quilting • Appliqué • Embroidery • Needlepoint • Cross-stitch • Knitting • Crochet • Felting • Needle felting • Tallitot • Tallit bags • Torah mantles • Challah covers • Seder plate • Afikomen envelopes • Torah table (shulchan) covers • Tree of Life & shalom wall hangings • Purim puppets • And more!

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Editorial Reviews

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"A seamless and mindful meshing of instruction and inspiration, transmitting the beauty of Jewish traditions and the power of the needle arts to enhance them.... Offers not only patterns and ideas for projects but invaluable blueprints for connection. A book to cherish."
Linda Skolnik, author,
The Knitting Way: A Guide to Spiritual Self-Discovery

“A rare book, one that deepens its reader both aesthetically and spiritually—and teaches so much along the way.”
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author, Jewish Literacy

“Invites us to celebrate Judaism. A treasure for all who already enjoy working with their hands, as well as for those who want to get started.”
Karen Bacon, PhD, The Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean,
Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University

“Bravo for getting us back to our needles, thread, and sewing machines to create beautiful Judaic objects! A wonderful guide for every artsy-craftsy Jewish education-through-the-arts type of person, whether it be for your home, your synagogue, your Hebrew school, or your community Jewish museum!”
Ellen Premack, executive director, Mizel Museum

“Reinforc[es] the intrinsic worth and spiritual connections of Jewish textiles.... Rethinks categories, concepts, and tradition to break new ground in the field of textile art.”
Laura Kruger, curator, Hebrew Union College Museum

“Valuable.... This highly researched book is a wonderful gift for yourself and anyone interested in learning how to make Jewish fabric crafts.”
Marcia Jo Zerivitz, founding executive director and chief curator,
Jewish Museum of Florida

“A cornerstone book for any serious fiber artist and a must-read for anyone interested in including an aspect of Judaism in their crafting. Truly inspiring ... the reader and crafter will come away with a sense of artistic and spiritual fulfillment.”
Stanlee Stahl, executive vice president,
Jewish Foundation for the Righteous

“Celebrate your Jewish identity with joy and pride! This breathtaking range of creative expression has something for everyone, and inspiration for the most meaningful, personal gifts you could never imagine without it!”
Eleanor Levie, quilt book author and producer

“Illuminates yet another portal to Judaism.”
Rabbi Jamie Korngold, The Adventure Rabbi; author, The God Upgrade: Finding Your 21st-Century Spirituality in Judaism's 5,000-Year-Old Tradition

“Inspiring. I loved having the instructions for the projects I might want to do, right there, after each story in the book.”
Marian Kugelmass, Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework,
North Jersey Chapter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580234429
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 225
  • Sales rank: 401,994
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana Drew, co-president of National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris (NJ) Section, is a prize-winning former daily newspaper reporter, a longtime book editor, and a publicist with Stella Hart Public Relations in Randolph, New Jersey. After working on a breathtaking quilted chuppah with other members of NCJW, West Morris, she felt compelled to spotlight this and other stunning Jewish fabric crafts in a book devoted to these crafts and the people who make them. Diana lives in northern New Jersey with her husband, Robert Grayson (who wrote this book's lovely part openings), and their cats, Tikvah and Mitzvah.

Robert Grayson is the author of many lively, topical books for young adults. An award-winning former daily newspaper reporter and cable-TV talk show host, Robert also writes magazine articles on arts and entertainment for national publications. He has helped organize, promote and publicize major craft shows in the Northeast, including a Judaica showcase, and is an avid craft collector.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Part One: At Home 1
1. Susan's Tree of Life Wall Hanging 7
2. Ruth’s Hamsa Wall Hanging 13
3. Arna’s Ahavah Needlepoint 19
4. Donna’s Quilted Shalom Wall Hanging 25
5. Barbara’s Felted Grapes Purse 31

Part Two: In the Synagogue 37
6. Eleanor’s Tree of Life Runner 43
7. Esther’s Crazy Quilt Shulchan Cover 49
8. Lois’s Sefer Placekeepers 55
9. Sukkot Torah Mantle 61
10. Shavuot Torah Mantle 73

Part Three: Celebrating Holidays 81
11. Esther’s Crazy Quilt Challah Cover 89
12. Menorah’s Challah Cover 95
13. Donna’s Apples & Honey Challah Cover 101
14. Heather’s High Holy Day Inspiration 105
15. Claire’s Ushpizin Quilt 113
16. Eleanor’s Chanukiah Vest 121
17. Ruth’s ChanuCats Quilt 125
18. Dancing Hamantaschen 131
19. Lesley’s Purim Puppets 137
20. Shellie’s Ten-Plagues Matzah Cover 145
21. Claire’s Afikomen Envelopes 153
22. Zoë’s Knit Seder Plate 157

Part Four: Through the Jewish Life Cycle 167
23. Hannah’s Baby Quilt 175
24. Vicki’s Cross-Stitch Wimpel 181
25. Julia’s Bat Mitzvah Challah Cover 189
26. Julian’s Traditional Tallit 195
27. Judy’s Garden of Eden Tallit Bag 203
28. Debra’s Tallit & Tallit Bag 215
29. Stuart’s Healing Quilt 221
30. Shalva Quilts 229
Inspirations 237
NCJW, West Morris Chuppah 237
Arna’s Tallit Bag 239
Another Chuppah 240
Hannah’s Woven Shalom Wall Hanging 241
Women’s Torah Project Bimah Cloth 242
Final Threads 245
General How-To’s for Quilt Making 245
General How-To’s for Lettering 252
Stitch Guide 255
Resources 257
The Blessing of Working Together 259
Projects for Holidays 260
An Array of Techniques 261
Jewish Imagery 263
From Sea to Shining Sea ... and Beyond 264
Suggested Reading for Beginners 265
Acknowledgments 267

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