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!”

25% Off Needlepoint Canvas Sale Happening Right Now

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Hi everyone, who wouldn’t want to get some of Pepita’s famous canvases at 25% off? No true stitcher could possibly resist that! Go shop at pepitaneedlepoint.com or judaicaneedlepoint.com and use promo code HOLIDAYS-2014 at checkout. All canvases in any category are included (except for custom designs).

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!

Camel Tartan Plaid Tefillin and Tallit Bags

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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!

Same Idea, Different Results

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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!