Show Share and Qvell

Show Share and Qvell – June 18, 2014
Anna VanDelman reports:

Our June meeting was a treasure trove of textile art by members!


Shirley Gossack showed her completed cross stitch piece for the Torah Stitch by Stitch Project co-ordinated by our own Temma Gentles. Several members of the Guild have committed to this incredible project of stitching the entire Torah.

Karen Sanders has been totally wrapped in completing baby blankets  – 26 of them, along with one baby sweater. She moved from knitting to crocheting and back to knitting. Karen opened her storage stash to show us a blanket she made 39 years ago, a quilt with animal pattern. She showed us a 43-year old blanket her own grandmother made for her children, and she also knitted a baby hat that she will be bringing on her trip to South Africa to welcome a new grandchild. Karen is taking along a long pine needle basket made by her late mother. Safe trip, Karen and Michael.

Anna VanDelman showed a renovated Torah Mantle. The mantle was created by her Rabbi, Jarrod Grover’s, late mother in honour of his Bar Mitzvah twenty years ago. It needed renovation as the Torah it covered was rewritten and was now too long for the old mantle. In the spirit of collaboration, Anna brought the mantle to Temma who in her talented wisdom chose a perfect bronze-coloured fabric as a base to re-apply the multi-coloured rainbow needlepoint. Anna did the dedication inside the mantle.

Melanie Siegel showed exciting new pieces as she continues to experiment with her new felting machine.

Chaya Erez’s “Dice Drawing” based on throwing dice on the paper hoping to hit the centre producing a random piece. Chaya decides the rules, but the final product comes by chance. Her numbered grid of 6 rows by 6 with pulled out fabric, random shapes, random sizes and placement produced a finished product. You can only see this at the Pomegranate Guild where talent and creativity meet.

Honey Mitchell showed us a quilted square with embroidered centre evoking family memories.

Nora Freund used bits and pieces of left over wool from Eileen Jackson’s mountains of mittens project to make square dishcloths, and one in particular with a red maple leaf that only shows when held at a certain angle.

Juana Sleizer showed two beautiful tapestries, black and white abstracts reproduced from her daughter’s paintings.

Gwen Orriell shared a gift to her from friends recently returned from Japan. Two large pieces of specific Japanese patterned fabric. Gwen also showed her beautiful letter Shin made at one of our programmes earlier this season.

Bruria Cooperman showed a new piece using an ancient technique known as encaustic. Wax is poured on a board fused and repeated. Colour becomes embedded in the wax to complete a wall hanging.

pmiller1Paula Miller showed two Passover ties, one featuring a glass of wine which has spilled and the other the Stanley Cup of Hockey fame. (No explanation necessary).

Paula also showed Challah covers made by her students at a seven-week silk painting class she gave at Beth Emeth Synagogue.  Paula brought her students with her tonight. Yascher Koach to all.

Elaine Genesove showed a beautiful completed first square of a chuppah. Glad to know you need a chuppah, Elaine!

Dorothy Klein showed two challah covers. One cover had her wedding photo transferred onto fabric and applied to the fabric; one cover featured the days of creation.

A hearty Yascher Koach to all Guild members for sharing their work, inspiring us, and for giving us all the opportunity to qvell.

Happy Summer to all!

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Since 1982 the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Textiles has brought together people who are interested in studying and creating textile art and needlework based on Jewish themes. We welcome people of all ages and skill levels, from professional artist to novice stitcher. Anyone with a desire to learn new techniques and/or anyone with an interest in Judaic textiles is asked to participate.

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