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Jewish Threads


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Introduction Part One: At Home 1. Susan's Tree of Life Wall Hanging 2. Ruth's Hamsa Wall Hanging 3. Arna's Ahavah Needlepoint 4. Donna's Quilted Shalom Wall Hanging 5. Barbara's Felted Grapes Purse Part Two: In the Synagogue 6. Eleanor's Tree of Life Runner 7. Esther's Crazy Quilt Shulchan Cover 8. Lois's Sefer Placekeepers 9. Sukkot Torah Mantle 10. Shavuot Torah Mantle Part Three: Celebrating Holidays 11. Esther's Crazy Quilt Challah Cover 12. Menorah's Challah Cover 13. Donna's Apples & Honey Challah Cover 14. Heather's High Holy Day Inspiration 15. Claire's Ushpizin Quilt 16. Eleanor's Chanukiah Vest 17. Ruth's ChanuCats Quilt 18. Dancing Hamantaschen 19. Lesley's Purim Puppets 20. Shellie's Ten-Plagues Matzah Cover 21. Claire's Afikomen Envelopes 22. Zoe's Knit Seder Plate Part Four: Through the Jewish Life Cycle 23. Hannah's Baby Quilt 24. Vicki's Cross-Stitch Wimpel 25. Julia's Bat Mitzvah Challah Cover 26. Julian's Traditional Tallit 27. Judy's Garden of Eden Tallit Bag 28. Debra's Tallit & Tallit Bag 29. Stuart's Healing Quilt 30. Shalva Quilts Inspirations NCJW, West Morris Chuppah Arna's Tallit Bag Another Chuppah Hannah's Woven Shalom Wall Hanging Women's Torah Project Bimah Cloth Final Threads General How-To's for Quilt Making General How-To's for Lettering Stitch Guide Resources The Blessing of Working Together Projects for Holidays An Array of Techniques Jewish Imagery From Sea to Shining Sea ... and Beyond Suggested Reading for Beginners Acknowledgments

About the Author

Diana Drew is a prize-winning former daily newspaper reporter, a longtime book editor and a publicist with Stella Hart Public Relations in Randolph, New Jersey. Robert Grayson is the author of many lively, topical books for young adults. An award-winning former daily newspaper reporter and cable-TV talk show host, Robert, also, writes magazine articles on arts and entertainment.


"A seamless and mindful meshing of instruction and inspiration, transmitting the beauty of Jewish traditions and the power of the needle arts to enhance them.... Offers not only patterns and ideas for projects but invaluable blueprints for connection. A book to cherish." -Linda Skolnik, author, The Knitting Way: A Guide to Spiritual Self-Discovery "A rare book, one that deepens its reader both aesthetically and spiritually-and teaches so much along the way." -Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author, Jewish Literacy "Invites us to celebrate Judaism. A treasure for all who already enjoy working with their hands, as well as for those who want to get started." -Karen Bacon, PhD, The Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean, Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University "Bravo for getting us back to our needles, thread and sewing machines to create beautiful Judaic objects! A wonderful guide for every artsy-craftsy Jewish education-through-the-arts type of person, whether it be for your home, your synagogue, your Hebrew school or your community Jewish museum!" -Ellen Premack, executive director, Mizel Museum "Reinforc[es] the intrinsic worth and spiritual connections of Jewish textiles.... Rethinks categories, concepts, and tradition to break new ground in the field of textile art." -Laura Kruger, curator, Hebrew Union College Museum "Valuable.... This highly researched book is a wonderful gift for yourself and anyone interested in learning how to make Jewish fabric crafts." -Marcia Jo Zerivitz, founding executive director and chief curator, Jewish Museum of Florida "A cornerstone book for any serious fiber artist and a must-read for anyone interested in including an aspect of Judaism in their crafting. Truly inspiring ... the reader and crafter will come away with a sense of artistic and spiritual fulfillment." -Stanlee Stahl, executive vice president, Jewish Foundation for the Righteous "Celebrate your Jewish identity with joy and pride! This breathtaking range of creative expression has something for everyone, and inspiration for the most meaningful, personal gifts you could never imagine without it!" -Eleanor Levie, quilt book author and producer "Illuminates yet another portal to Judaism." -Rabbi Jamie Korngold, The Adventure Rabbi; author, The God Upgrade: Finding Your 21st-Century Spirituality in Judaism's 5,000-Year-Old Tradition "Inspiring. I loved having the instructions for the projects I might want to do, right there, after each story in the book." -Marian Kugelmass, Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework, North Jersey Chapter

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