Threadworks in Bruce County – take a drive in the country

A message from Sheila McCoy at the Ontario Needleworkers’ Network:

Hello everyone –
Bruce County Museum has created this lovely poster for Threadworks 2014.(
If you are in the area – out for a drive – perhaps you could drop in to see the Show.2014 Threadworks poster (2)



Fabric of Survival Exhibition

Last year we co-hosted a screening of Through the Eye of the Needle, the story of the work of Holocaust survivor Esther Nisenthal Krinitz told through her fabric collage and embroidered panels. This year at Temple Sinai you can see the exhibit it inspired from November 2 – 21. A special screening of the film is part of Holocaust Education Week on Sunday November 9 at 10am. Esther’s daughter Bernice Steinhart will introduce the film, and Ian Leventhal will lead a discussion following. The exhibit continues at Temple Sinai until after our next Pomegranate Guild meeting, so be sure to see the detailed work of this extraordinary artist. hew_poster

Guild Members’ work on view at the ROM

Arlette and JuanaJuana Sleizer and Arlette Shulman have work on view at the ROM for the museum’s centennial year. The opening ceremony and party were on March 19th, and members can continue to see the work when visiting the ROM until March 29, 2015. The exhibit is located in the Canada Court Level 1.


Oracle boneJuana’s work, Oracle Bone is a small format tapestry reproducing an ancient artifact. Arlette’s work is an interpretation of an arrowhead, reputed to be the oldest in the ROM collection.arrowhead

For more information, as well as great pictures and stories about all of the 78 submissions, see ROM100. Click each picture to reveal the artist and artist’s statement.

Congratulations Juana and Arlette on your participation in this exciting, celebratory exhibit!

Dress Codes: Revealing the Jewish Wardrobe

Dress Codes at the Israel Museum is “a new Israel Museum exhibit [that] explores the roots of fashion in Jewish traditional clothing around the world from the 18th through the 20th centuries. Click the link for a sampling of the riches on view – we can’t copy the pictures for you. The exhibit is open until October 25, so for members travelling to Israel, put this on your “must see” list! Thank you, Paula, for bringing this to our attention.

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]