From the Guild Mailbox

Craft Show November 9 Melanie Siegel has drawn our attention to Textile Artist. This gorgeous website is truly worth exploring for inspiration and information on what is going on in the world of textile art.

Nigel Cheney Textile Artist

Dorothy Ann Daly Textile Artist

The Knitting and Stitching Show

Sue Stone Textile Artist

Also check out ourFeatured Artist

Please continue to let us know about workshops, shows and websites of interest to our Guild.


More Textile Workshops in November


Guild President, Karen Chisvin invites us to the textile workshops being offered at her Karma Creative art studio

November 23:  The Delicate Side of Felt: Making fine felt with imbedded washi paper w/Sheila Thompson

Leaves on Ice

November 30: Assembling the Voices of Nature w/Alice Vandervennen

Whale Stones

Whale Stones

For detailed information please visit Karma Creative art studio and click on Programs

Gunnel Hag, who presented to the Guild in 2010 invites us to workshops being given in her Colour Vie Studio:

Nov. 23, 2013
“The World of Indigo” with Pam Woodward
$150 (+$15 materials fee)
Nov. 30,  2013
“Photographic Images on Fabric” with Gunnel
Dec. 7,  2013
“Printapalooza on Fabric” with Gunnel
For detailed information please visit and click on Workshops
If you take one of these workshops we’d love to hear about it. Please leave a comment.

So Much Going On

Sacred Stitches

The Pomegranate Guild is delighted to be participating in the exhibition, Sacred Stitches: Beauty and Holiness in the Needlework of Many Faiths, from October 24 – November 2 at St. James Cathedral. We will be exhibiting the Bigdei Ha’Kohen Ha’gadol, as well as several mezuzot that were part of our exhibition. In addition, there will be Judaic textile work submitted by individuals, some of whom are also Guild members.

An article in The Star describing the display says “Other pieces in the exhibit are textiles different faiths use in birth, marriage or death ceremonies. There’s a delicate christening gown of handmade lace that’s been worn by several generations of the same family, and a wimple, a Jewish ceremonial textile embroidered with a mother’s hopes and prayers for her son, that’s about 400 years old.”

Toronto Holocaust Education Week
 The Guild is co-sponsoring a screening of “through the Eye of the Needle” as part of Toronto Holocaust Education Week.

Through the Eye of the Needle
HEW flyer 2013 film

Melanie Siegel

Last, but certainly not least, Guild member Melanie Siegel is participating in what looks to be a gorgeous show and sale in Cambridge, ON.


Last Call and Planning Ahead

Closing Soon:

See how fibre artists from across Canada and the UK are pushing the boundaries during Higher Ground, an exhibition at Guelph Civic Museum by Connections, a group of contemporary fibre artists who explore the many diverse styles of contemporary textile art.

Guest curator Helen Hughes, a Guelph textile artist, has gathered together 40 pieces representing the group’s 28 artists, including five Guelph area artists. The featured artworks are diverse in style and push traditional boundaries of both process and subject matter in textile art.


Started in 1999, Connections is a group of fibre artists who wish to combine their various experiences and knowledge of different techniques, styles and mediums to create unusual and challenging textile-based work as individuals and also in collaboration. Following their mandate, the group “hope to combine our experience with experimentation to continue to develop and widen the boundaries of stitchery and fibre art, expressing our individual ideas and feelings in the process.”
Higher Ground is on display until October 20. Civic Museum is located at 52 Norfolk Street.
The Museum is open daily from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Admission: $4 Adults, $3 Seniors & Students. Free for Guelph Museums members.
For more information, call 519-836-1221 or visit

Last Stop:

This is the last opportunity to see Kippot for Biblical Figures by members of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Textiles, Toronto is currently on exhibit at
Beth Tzedec Reuben and Helene Dennis Museum
1700 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON
The kippot are on display in two cases outside the main museum doors. This will be the exhibit’s last stop.

Coming in November:

The Annual Oshawa Fibre Art Show will be held at the Centennial Retirement Residence, 259 Hillcroft Street, Oshawa, Ontario. Nov. 7th – 10th from 10 – 5 pm daily .

Over 100 original fibre artworks created by several Ontario artists will be on display and most will be available for purchase. A boutique of fibre art gifts and a supply shop for all kinds of fibre art enthusiasts are also part of the show.

Free admission! Any questions, please email Marilyn Whitbread at

Events of Interest in October

Happenings of interest at TMC (the Textile Museum):

Maya Textiles from Guatemala has been extended to January 12 2014.

Farandole: Perspectives on Western Canadian Metis Culture is on until November 14 2013

Origins of Judaic Symbols: artifacts from collection of The Morris and Sally Justein Heritage Museum

Opening October 20-30 2013


The Origins of Judaic Symbols exhibition surveys recurring symbols found on the art and artifacts in the collection of The Morris and Sally Justein Heritage Museum. These images provide a concrete representation of abstract ideas – divinity, identity, and culture – silently communicating significant meaning to the viewer. Artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection will be on display, ranging from Torah ornaments and ceremonial objects, to personal artifacts and symbols found in the home.

– See more at:

First Meetings of 5774

The first meeting of the year offered an opportunity for members of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Textiles, Toronto to show off Judaica from their personal collections. Seeing and hearing about these treasured objects and reconnecting with the members of the guild was a great way to start the year and fire up our creative juices for the year ahead.

September 30th was the opening of our exhibit “Jewish Ritual Objects: Traditional and Contemporary” at the Apotex Centre at Baycrest. In November this exhibit will move to Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda.

Holocaust Week

As part of the Guild’s commitment to the Jewish community we are hosting a presentation of Through the Eye of the Needle. This inspiring 30-minute award-winning documentary examines the life of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz – how she survived the Holocaust as a teenager and how she came to tell her life story in a series of 36 fabric collage and embroidered panels.

In preparation for this important event members of the Guild are volunteering to work with Holocaust survivors at Baycrest. Volunteers can help by sharing our expertise and ideas, offering a helping hand to stitch the squares together, and listening to the fascinating stories shared as we work with our hands and our hearts. The group meets at Baycrest on Wednesday afternoons from 1pm until 2.30 or 3.  Please reply to if you would like to participate.

Textile and Art Shows in Toronto

From time to time we will let you know of events of interest to our members and to textile artists and art lovers in general. You’ll be able to find links to the information on the Links page of the guild website. We encourage all members to tell us about exhibits, classes, workshops, and suppliers that could be featured.

There are a number of events in September to tell you about:

Our member Brenda Conway invites you to her husband Jerome Conway’s show at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery at the Columbus Centre, September 12 to  30.

The Textile Show at Gerrard Art Space features some of Toronto’s wonderful textile artists.
September 11 – 29
1390 Gerrard St. E.

Color and Light Group Show
August 27 – September 27
Arta Gallery, the Distillery District

Queen West Art Crawl
September 21 and 22

North York Visual Artists Show and Sale
September 28 and 29

Sew Sisters will be having their annual Birthday Sale on September 17th.

Our member Mitzi Zohar will be showing her work at the City Shul Charity Yard Sale
September 29 from 11am to 3pm
Christie Pits Park