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

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

by Diana Drew, Robert Grayson

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ISBN-13: 9781580235266
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/16/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 12 MB
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About 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.

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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