Mazel Tov to my dear son, Yossi, on his Bar Mitzvah! Yes, I know the tefillin bag was ready over a year ago. Well, he is proudly using it every morning. He’s getting lots of compliments on his bag. His Bar Mitzvah dinner was beautiful. He outdid himself with his speech. Mazel Tov to the Frank and Friedman families! Yossi, we hope to have lots of Yiddish Nachas from you and all our children.
Our customer Phoebe B. placed a custom order with us for a tallit tree of life canvas with pomegranates growing on the trees in lieu of the flower buds usually there. Look at her stunning results! The contrast of the rich colors is what I like best about the finished bag. It is also immaculately stitched.
Thanks, Phoebe, for giving us the opportunity to enjoy the “fruits of your labor!”
Hamsa, otherwise known as a hand amulet for good luck, is a luck symbol in many religions. This Judaica piece has the word “Chai,” which means life in Hebrew, stitched in the center. The rope/stem stitch gives the border a 3D effect. Buy the canvas or the kit at judaicaneedlepoint.com. This stitched sample is not for sale, but a customer at a craft show begged to purchase it. Sorry, Alice.
The stitching is perfect on this classic stained glass design.
This customer wanted shades of blues, greens, and yellows. All “girlie” colors were omitted.
This tallit bag was built out, or finished with a velvet border to enlarge the tallit bag. The background was stitched with DMC #939 dark navy, so the stained glass colors stand out brightly.
This is a yamulka expertly stitched by a customer. The professional finishing is top notch.
The variety of results amaze me even though the canvases all started out identical. The matching yarmulka is a perfect companion.
Shmuel S. is celebrating his bar mitzvah this year. He loved the tefillin stained glass design, but we needed to incorporate his long name into the design. His dad used his prior experience as a graphic/marketing designer and came up with this brilliant concept. Shmuel’s grandmother then stitched the tefillin bag. Mazal Tov to Shmuel!
Thanks to our talented customer, Erica B., we have this gorgeous tefillin bag stitched in a camel tartan plaid. I admire the preciseness of her stitching. The results are rich and classy. This design is available in tallit, tefillin & yarmulka canvases. Gavriel Chanan (that’s the name stitched in Hebrew) is one lucky boy!
This is it. The navy and copper challah cover banner style that I referred to in the last post. It is finished in copper and navy ultrasuede. It is stitched in the diagonal hedge row stitch in DMC perle cotton #3 alternating with Kreinik medium braid #16 060.
It’s fascinating how the same idea can be stitched differently. The two challah covers don’t even look like first cousins.
The summer projects are all back from the finisher. Check back often as I show off some of my customers’ masterpieces!
In May this year I blogged about how to quickly stitch a challah cover by just stitching the center. Here is another idea, where I stitch a swath across the middle from end to end, and add material to the top and the bottom to fill it out. This reduced stitching time by about two thirds, and the results are very impressive.
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.
Sammi is one lucky girl. Her aunt, Ronna M., stitched a magnificent custom made pillow with her name on it. Her name is the essence of the design. Ronna knew Sammi loves purple. She emailed us with the details, and we sent her a custom proof via email. Once it was perfect, Ronna placed the order. I pulled threads in bold shades of purple with subtle colors complementing the design. Well, the pillow is back from the finisher, and take a look at it! Sammi must be thrilled!
A couple of months ago, I designed a name needlepoint for a newborn baby boy. Baby Gabriel was just three weeks old when his mom, Karin T., contacted us to custom design his name on canvas. I can’t wait to see a photo of it when it’s completed. Good Luck to Karin! I applaud her efforts and am impressed that she is taking time out for herself to stitch while taking care of her newborn.