Sacred Stitches

The exhibit is over, but our memories linger on. Anna VanDelman reports on Sacred Stitches, at the Cathedral Church of St. James:

Sacred Stitches: Beauty and Holiness in the Needlework of Many Faiths was a rare treat for the eyes displayed at the Cathedral Church of St. James. This magnificent exhibit opened with an elegant reception on October 24, and ran through 8 days, closing on November 1, 2013. Rabbi Arthur Bielfeld along with The Very Reverend Douglas Stoute and Imam Michael Taylor gave the opening speeches. Dianne Algera, committee member, created an amazing cake with a replica from the Cathedral windows of the young woman stitching. The exhibit was a celebration of ritual textile art of many faiths, celebrating the growing awareness and recognition of the role that embroidery and textile art has played in the creation of beauty and atmosphere for worship down through the ages. As well, the exhibit celebrated women who have given so much of themselves through these creations. The Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Textiles, Toronto displayed our very own Bigdei Ha-Kohen Ha-Gadol – our representation of the priestly garments. [Continue reading]