Calendar 2018-2019

Pattern dot dot dot

Unless stated otherwise, all general meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month from September to June, at 7:30 p.m.  Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda, 100 Elder Street.

New for 2018/2019, join us for our joint Thursday afternoon Creative Drop In with Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda.  For more information contact us or  email

After our celebratory 36th, what does the Pomegranate’s 2018/19 season hold in store?

More great monthly program nights, more intriguing techniques to explore, more inspiring artists to meet, more outreach opportunities and more special events, in other words, more of the same!

The precedent is set, so let’s repeat the fabulous.

Our theme this year is PATTERN dot, dot, dot. Which from a textile point of view covers a lot, so we added the dot, dot, dot. Our program will include hands on pattern making in 2 and 3-D with guest instructors; members sharing their particular skills; and a pattern challenge.

Does history repeat?



Wednesday, September 5, 2018  (1st Week)  HEADS UP! Where’d you get that hat?

Members will be embellishing hats and in keeping with the Guild’s  chesed  mandate, some of the hats will be distributed to those undergoing treatment.

Bring your sewing kit and whatever exciting embellishments you’d like to add to your creation.

To ensure that we have sufficient hats and basic supplies, please register on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 (3rd Week)    MEZUZAHS

The commandment to affix a Mezuzah is widely followed in the Jewish world, even by Jews who are not religiously observant.

While the important part of the Mezuzah is the klaf (parchment), designing and producing Mezuzah cases has been elevated to an art form over the ages.

This is your opportunity to design and produce a one-of-a-kind Mezuzah case.

Sign up on Eventbrite,  and here are the are the specifications for the mezuzah.

Moms' Program Mezuzahs

Mezuzahs created in our Moms’ Program

Please note that there is a limited number of each shape.

We’ll remind you to bring your design and materials to the meeting.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 (3rd Week) TEMARI

Temari is thought to have its origin in kemari kickball game, introduced to Japan from China.

Then onna-mari (Lady ball) were made from silk thread by palace maidservants in competition to please their princesses.

When cotton became available during the 1600s, the common people were able to use the affordable fiber to spread the craft.  Children used temari to play tossing and juggling games.

The craft evolved from making homemade toys to works of art.

Please sign up on Eventbrite by Sunday, November 18th. 

As the creation of the Temari Ball base takes a great deal of time only a limited number of 25 are being prepared.

These will be distributed first to those who have registered on Eventbrite and the remaining on a first come first served basis.

The instructor has asked that each participant bring the following:

  •  1 skein of Perle cotton # 5 own choice of colour.
  • Pin cushion
  • Narrow tape measure
  • Sharp point needle. Darner #18 needle is a good one
  • Small sharp scissors
  • Pins with coloured heads.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 (3rd Week)  Creative Kits for JFCS

Brought back by popular demand from both members and JFCS, we’ll be putting together creative project kits for all ages of clients at JFCS.

Stash busting and community support – what a great combination!
Register here on Eventbrite.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (3rd Week) Stencilling and Stamping of Fabric.  It’s A Pattern Potluck!

Fun, fast, pattern making as a team sport.

Working together with simple tools and supplies we will make pattern yardage to share.

Bring along an item that can be used to make a mark, for example; a discarded cork or sponge to stamp with; a piece of highly textured cardboard or doily to print through (stencil); an interestingly shaped shell or utensil to colour around.

We will play with the ideas of ‘mark-making’ and pattern types to collectively create some patterned fabric samples.

Each participant will receive a portion of the cloth at our February meeting.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 (3rd Week) Paint With Felt

Requiring very little expertise and a lot of imagination, we will explore the art of needle felting.

By using a felting needle and a large variety of delicious shades of fine fleece, we will create pictures – anything from Judaic themes to landscapes and abstracts.

Needles, boards and fleece will be provided.

Bring pencils to create your own designs.

 Register on Eventbrite here.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 (2nd Week) Tying the Knots
The tying of knots for both the creation of fabric and for religious purposes has a very long history and is found in many cultures around the world.

It first appears as an important part of Judaism, in the Torah, in Bamidbar (Numbers), where we learn about wearing fringes or Tzitzit on the corners of the garment known as a Tallit.

Knots play a part in Hindu culture, Chinese and Japanese dress, and of course, in textile work and design in areas of embroidery, sewing, embellishments, and of course the Macramé craze, which has gone in and out of popularity in 1970’s and has a come back again into fashion.

You can’t go camping without knowing how to properly tie down a tent, and any sailor will tell you that we couldn’t have had any major exploratory adventures without tying decent knots to control the sailing vessels!

There are endless artistic possibilities, so come, learn and try for yourself!

Register on Eventbrite here.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 (2nd Week) Marbling
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 (4th Week)
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 (3rd Week)  “Show, Share & Qvell”
Join us for our annual celebration of members’ work. It is a great chance to catch up with what everyone has been doing all year, and it’s an opportunity for members to showcase the Guild to other members of the community.



Throughout this year we have additional programs and activities that emphasize teaching and learning in the textile arts.

“you shall teach them to your children” Exhibit

Miles Nadel JCC September 30th to October 24th

Beth Tikvah 3080 Bayview Avenue December 2018 – January 2019


Mom and Baby Arts & Crafts Adventure Workshop Series Fall 2018 & Winter 2019

Come, connect and create with other new Moms or Dads.

Join in learning and creating hands-on pieces of Judaica for your baby or your home in a welcoming baby friendly group.

For More Information and to Register 


Thursday Creative Drop-In 

Want to meet with others who share your love of being creative?

Join us for our BEBY & Pomegranate Thursday Creative Drop-In 1:30 – 3:30pm

100 Elder Street, Toronto

October 18th – November 29th and January 17 – February 28th