I design tefillin and tallit bags for many customers. Most are moms of Bar mitzvah boys. A large portion are proud grandmas who want to leave heirlooms for their grandchildren. So our designs tend to be traditional and mature. Here and there I get a request from a youngster who wants to design his own custom tefillin bag. If his mother or grandmother doesn’t mind stitching his preference, then why not let him.
Around a year ago, a fine young lad requested a design with Jerusalem and the ThirdTemple (Bais Hamikdosh) on a mountaintop behind the landscape. I had never designed the temple mount for anyone before, and I guessed that the boy must have learned about it in school and found the subject fascinating. So I designed the bag for him, and he loved it. His mom is in the process of stitching it. I hope she finishes it soon since his Bar Mitzvah is this summer. Anyway, I added his design to www.judaicaneedlepoint.com. And it’s a hit! This boy was right! This is a design that today’s kids relate to. This photo is a completed tefillin bag stitched by a wonderful customer of ours. She worked fast, and the finisher did amazing work. I have learned to never underestimate the ideas and creativity of our kids.
I loved stitching this project since it never got boring. There are many colorful areas that are small, so I stitched each area in one sitting. I would not recommend stitching all the letters in French knots like I did. That was tedious work. I don’t frame my work with glass, so it is touchable and the texture of the French knots adds a 3-D dimensions to it.
I stitched this design using an assortment of threads, fibers, and embellishments. I incorporated 18 shades of Twinkle Gem threads from www.gonestitching.net. This is a new line of rayon metallic thread that Renee and Michelle at Gone Stitching have developed. I used a double strand on the needle since my canvas is 13 mesh. My favorite color is the Comet 020. It is a black thread with colorful metallic threads running through it. I stitched the letter “Samach” with it. (That’s the letter in front of the book in the center of the design.)
I stitched this unisex baby onesie to be used as wall art décor for a baby nursery room. It would make a perfect baby shower gift especially if the expectant couple does not know what they’re having. Others have a designated nursery in their home and want it to remain neutral. Either way, it was my first unisex piece to stitch, and I like it! I am so used to stitching blue for boy, pink for girl, that I forgot about the happy medium of other pastel colors. I stitched with Caron Watercolours wisteria, silk lame braid, Kreinik metallic brown, and DMC perle cotton #3 209. I embellished it with a coordinating crocheted flower I found at a local trimming shop.
I take the subway around once a week. I marvel how individuals waste/spend their time waiting and riding. Some daydream, others sleep. Students cram and study. I’ve seen a woman file her nails, and at least one lady in each compartment is reapplying her lipstick. Men read various newspapers and magazines; women are buried in novels. But 95% of the riders look bored and uncomfortable. Reading while in motion isn’t for everyone; some feel nauseous while others can’t concentrate.
I love doing needlepoint on trips via the subway. I pack a small preschool style scissors (nothing too sharp), a small sized canvas, and 5-6 skeins of thread. I place them all into a large Ziploc bag and am on my way. At the station, I grab a seat and needlepoint. I continue on the train and needlepoint till my destination. In fact, I’ve noticed that I prefer the train rather than driving myself since I get to complete various projects this way. Hey, this is even a good way to promote using mass transit and public transportation!
People constantly comment on my needlepoint canvas. They ask where I purchased the canvas, exclaim what a great idea it is to stitch on the train, is it easy, hard, etc. I recommend commuters to take along needlepoint supplies; the whole experience will change for the better.
Tip: Write your name and telephone number on the edge of the canvas with permanent marker. This way if your project gets lost somehow, it has a better chance of finding its way home. Also, have a special subway canvas that is inexpensive and easy to replace in case it does get misplaced. The smaller the canvas, the better. Don’t bring along your whole stash of thread; choose only a few strands of colors you definitely need.
I added a whole boat load of new header images to my blog. They are selected at random and displayed on top of the page. Refresh the page to see different photos of Pepita finished works of art! There are eleven images in all.
I retired the old images, which were just lifted from Flickr and were not Pepita projects. I think it should be obvious that a Pepita Needlepoint blog should be graced by its own designs. Can’t imagine why it took me so long. Well that’s another to-do item I can cross off my endless list. Have a nice weekend!
This is my stitched rendition of Hamsa Nature, a popular canvas of Pepita’s. This design is also available in a simplified version as a siddur (prayer book) cover. Contact me for details if you are interested.
Presenting my latest creation. This canvas is part of the Home Sweet Home collection. I recently painted one of my bedrooms light gray, but my teenage son insists that it looks like purple. Now I can show him what a purple bedroom actually looks like.
Hi everyone, take a look at our latest finished needlepoint design, Hamsa Rainbow. A “Hamsa” is a good-luck amulet shaped as a hand which is popular in Middle Eastern countries. It is said to ward off the Evil Eye and can be fashioned into jewelry, keychains, door knockers, wall hangings and lots of other cool stuff.
This design is part of the Hamsa Category of designs at Judaica Needlepoint. I framed it in bright red, inspired by another popular good-luck charm, namely the “Red Bendel,” a red string tied around one’s wrist.