Calendar 2015 – 2016

Our theme for the year is the Judaic version of the three r’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. Every program will have some relation to this theme. It based on the principle of Bal Taschit, and the following quote from Maimonides:

“Whoever breaks vessels, or tears garments, or destroys a building, or clogs a well, or does away with food in a destructive manner violates the negative mitzvah of bal taschit…..”.

Unless stated otherwise, all general meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month from September to June, at Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Avenue, Toronto, at 7:30 p.m. Please note the exceptions for 2015 – 16. In addition, a small group of members (“The Guildees”) meets every Tuesday afternoon in individual homes on a rotating basis. We work on either group or individual projects.  All members are invited to join the Guildees. For more information contact us. __________________________________________________

In Celebration is on view at Congregation Darchei Noam from January through June 2016. 864 Sheppard Ave W, North York, ON M3H 2T5.
We will be open to the public during Doors Open Toronto, on Sunday May 29 from 10am – 5pm. Come meet us and see our work.
June 15, 2016 – Temple Sinai
 “Show, Share and 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.
These great programs are already over. Join the Guild so you don’t miss any more!
September 30, 2015 – at Temple Sinai (Please note this is the fifth Wednesday of the month)
SUSAN AVISHAI guest speaker, and

Susan will discuss and share with us some of her amazing work using deconstructed clothing. Take a look at her work at

Bring in your stashes… so we can have a swap. Don’t forget to bring a bag to take away some new “old stuff”  you are inspired to play with, and  leave the rest with us to store for future programmes.

October 21, 2015 – at Temple Sinai
FUROSHIKI – with a presenter from the Japanese Cultural Centre and
The Jewish Presence in Japan –Bruria Cooperman
FUROSHIKI is a traditional Japanese system of folding to create wrappings for various items, such as gifts, lunches, boxes, etc.Bring a large square piece of fabric {between 24 and 30 inches} with you (A scarf would be perfect!) and learn how to make fabulous folds. You’ll be able to use this “new” old technique to wrap hostess gifts, mishloach manot for Purim, something for Shabbat. As well, learn something about the Jewish presence in Japan.
November 18, 2015 – at Darchei Noam
GET HOOKED – Barbara Goldstein
You’ll get hooked on the speed and ease of transforming rags into rugs! Rejuvenate crafting leftovers, past their prime fabrics, lost socks, way too old Tshirts,  stained tablecloths and napkins into funky home décor. You will totally surprise yourself with what results from this mix! Bring a crochet hook along with you (size 11 works well, darning needle, t-shirt – to be cut up – scissors or rotary cutter), and some of your stash or use some of the stash collection of  “yours, mine, and ours” that we have stored away from our first meeting.
December 16, 2015 – Beth Tzedec, Reuben and Helene Dennis Museum, 1700 Bathurst Street
A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM – Repurposed to Judaica – Dorion Liebgott

Dorion Liebgott, Curator of the museum will show and tell about some of the items in the collection that have been repurposed  from their original uses and become Judaic articles (for example, lace from petticoats used to adorn challah covers,  beads from dresses used to decorate embroidery,  bullet casings…..). Everything in the Museum has a story,  as do most things we accumulate  in our lives.  We would like to make this an interactive evening. If you have something that has come through the family that you have given a new life to…or that someone else has. ..please bring it with you to show and share its story.

January 20, 2016 – Temple Sinai
TRASH INTO TREASURE: Make a story brooch – Paula Miller
Make a piece of accent bling. It’s time to clean up the bead stash! Bring along a focal piece – some of those leftover beads, sequins, broken jewellery, old charms, the 1/2 of the pair of earrings (’cause you lost one), fancy buttons, bits of ribbon and trim left over from other projects to create a unique piece of  jewellery.
Please bring a sewing kit, including a beading needle. There may also be glue and paint around for you to play with, so dress for a possible mess. And if you have the work in progress from last year’s session with Anne Marie Desaulniers, if you want to build on that experience to create your masterpieces.
February 17, 2016 – Temple Sinai
DESIGNER TEXTILE GREETINGS – Marilyn Levy (the Tallit Maaven)
Delight your family and friends with your designer cards!
Marilyn will teach the technique of creating fabulous textile greeting cards that are themselves small works of art. The cards may outlast the gifts they came with!
Card stock will be provided, but please bring a couple of pieces of 4″ x 6″ textile art* to use for your cards, some contact cement, and your imagination.
*Textile art can be your choice of knitting, embroidery, needlepoint, cross stitch, quilting, surface texture design, string art, or any other textile art you want. And beads and embellishments. Check your UFOs for interesting pieces, or use materials from the Guild stash.
See examples of textile cards on Marilyn’s website.
March 16, 2016 – at, and co-presented with Darchei Noam
Finding the Story – Alice Vander Vennen
The finder who becomes the keeper now becomes the quilter. In this workshop, which plays around with combining the most unlikely elements, found objects become part of a larger story. Textiles form our starting point, and then it is fair play, stitching together  copper and  cloth, buttons and branches, or knobs and nails. This juxtaposition is obviously not for any guest-room bed. Instead it becomes a compelling piece of textile art.  Surprise yourself with possibilities by creating an art piece that is both personal and mysterious, one that speaks of roads travelled and stories found, one that becomes the keeper of stories.
April 27, 2016 – Temple Sinai
Creating Vessels – with Michelle Zikovitz
Vessels play a prominent role in Jewish texts and Jewish life. Michelle Zikovitz will lead us in a workshop to create vessels using found textile materials. More about Michelle.
May 18, 2016 – at, and co-presented with Darchei Noam
Textile 3D using Paverpol – Marlene Morton, Camerons Studio
Guest presenter, Marlene Morton will teach us how to use Paverpol to achieve amazing results. Paverpol is a product that hardens within 24 hours, and takes on the shape and drape of whatever you give it with surprising results in record time! No prior skill is necessary, only your willingness to try something new and get a bit messy.
• a white t-shirt to cut up (old, clean, please no writing/picture on it)
• any other interesting fabric or texture you might want to include – (natural fibres only, no poly blends)
• a cover-up to protect your clothes – this is more than just a good idea; gloves will be provided
• a plastic container to transport your work home as your masterpiece will not be completely dry by the end of the evening. Paverpol will not adhere to any form of plastic
Other important information for this workshop
• there is a MATERIAL FEE of $10.00 for all participants
• there are a two options to work on, as follows: A) a small canvas backing for a wall piece (provided), or,B) if you prefer, you may bring a small container/bottle form to work on, or a plate/bowl.
In order for us to be able to plan properly and prepare enough supplies for everyone, please confirm your attendance and choice of either A or B in advance to:

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