Eugene Chernin is Closing

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I’ll miss you, Eugene Chernin.  You believed in me when I had this tiny business all those years ago.  You gave me wings to fly and soar. You gently taught me the ropes about pearl cotton #3 and #5.  Recently you opened a website, and I was able to place my orders online.  Nevertheless, there was always someone warm and friendly to talk to.  I knew my orders were taken care of.  You had that old fashioned charm.

So thank you, my friends George and Mark!  If you ever need any needlepoint canvases, you know where to find me.  Good Luck and like you always said, Zei Gezunt!

The Story Behind My Fancy Pillow

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Audrey Rosner, CPNP, is one of my favorite friends. I was a pediatric patient at her office when I was a little girl, and now care for my children.  Audrey is a grandmother by now, and she stitches a gift for each grandchild. Girls get siddur covers, and boys receive tefillin bags.

Audrey wanted to stitch a weave pattern for her current project.  I reconstructed the stitch from a sample she provided and was intrigued enough to stitch it too.  Barry requested a pillow to coordinate with our brown leather couch.  As I stitched (on a blank canvas, mind you),  I was hesitant since it really looked like nothing special.  But lo and behold, the finisher finished it so awesomely, it is now a stunning addition to my stitched sample menagerie.

And thank you, Audrey!  It is an honor to have you as my customer.

Mazel Tov to Yossi Frank on his Bar Mitzvah!

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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.

Tallit Tree of Life with Pomegranates

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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 Chai is our Latest Stitched Hamsa

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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.

More on Stained Glass Designs

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The stitching is perfect on this classic stained glass design.

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This customer wanted shades of blues, greens, and yellows.  All “girlie” colors were omitted.

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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.

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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.

Tefillin Stained Glass with the Star of David

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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!