Pepita Needlepoint is Going to the Israeli Shuk on the Main Line

We are exhibiting our designs and stitched samples at the Israeli Shuk at Adath Israel in Merion Station, PA, on June 1, 2014:

Bring the entire family to visit The Israeli Shuk: The Marketplace on The Main Line, where you’ll experience the sights, sounds, fragrances, and flavors of a Shuk in Old Jerusalem. Buy Israeli products and Judaica, taste popular Israeli foods, enjoy Israeli music and dancing, and connect with non-profit organizations. The children’s area will engage pre-schoolers through teens in Israeli-themed activities, games, story times, craft projects, and dancing. Free admission. Wheelchair and stroller access.

The Israeli Shuk is presented by Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, Main Line Reform Temple, Har Zion Temple, Beth Am Israel, Beth David, and Adath Israel, and sponsored by Joseph Levine & Sons, Inc. It promises to be a wonderful experience.

Siddur Ceremony Season

Needlepointed Siddur Cover

Needlepointed Siddur Cover

It is Siddur Ceremony season.  Some know it as Kabbalat Ha’Siddur.  It is the culmination of a year’s work of learning and studying the Hebrew language. Youngsters start in first grade by learning how to read Hebrew letters and vowels, and by the end of the school year,  they are ready to use a Siddur, a Jewish prayer book. Schools schedule this special day almost a year in advance for parents and grandparents to reserve the date and participate in the festivities.  It is heartwarming to see the grandparents’ joy, particularly Holocaust survivors, as they watch a new generation upholding their traditions.

Many mothers and grandmothers needlepoint Siddur covers for this event.  The school provides the exact dimensions of the siddur, which are used to size the design.  Pepita Needlepoint add the Hebrew name to the design for free.  We’ve done Siddur covers featuring rainbows, basketballs, planets, flowers, and other interesting design elements. The completed canvases can be mailed back to us to be professionally finished as book covers. It is a matter of pride and honor for us to have a prominent part in this tradition!

Save Time When Stitching a Challah Cover

Pepita Needlepoint Challah Cover

Challah Cover

 

I love stitching challah cover needlepoint kits. They are big canvases with plenty of room for creativity. But for some customers, stitching a project of this magnitude can be daunting.

Creating a large challah cover doesn’t need to take so long. Try stitching just the center of a challah cover and have the finisher do the rest. This reduces the cost of canvas, the amount of thread required, and most important, stitching time.

I designed the Challah Cover Chocolate Stained Glass backwards.  I found faux crocodile leather in a chocolate bark color.  I loved the sheen and texture.  I loved the richness of the hues of browns ingrained in the “pleather.”  The stained glass design is originally a tallit bag in royal blue and colorful glass, but I tweaked it to work as a challah cover. I matched thread to the material and started stitching.

You can see the results in the image at the top of this post. At the moment, it is in a window display on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

I have another challah cover design at the finisher that uses a variation of this technique.  It is a banner style finished with strips of suede on top and on bottom of the canvas. I stitched the banner strip in shades of dove blue/teal using DMC perle cotton # 926 and 927 and Kreinik #16 4012.  As soon as it’s back, I’ll blog about it.