A Sukkah is a booth used during the fall festival of Sukkot to commemorate the booths in which the Israelites lived during their 40 years in the wilderness. The Pomegranate Sukkah was the Guild’s first group project. It was coordinated by Temma Gentles with the assistance of many other members. Work began in 1985 and was completed in 1988. Forty-six members volunteered 5000 hours to complete the project.
The Sukkah is an 8′ x 8′ x 8′ three sided wood structure. A needlepoint frieze runs across the top of each of the three thermal veil walls. There are six appliquéd, beaded, quilted banners, three on the inside, three on the outside. The designs are based on a set of five Israeli stamps. The sixth was designed by Guild member Sarah Silver. Inside the Sukkah there is a festival table. A soft sculpture embroidered and beaded silk Etrog container sits on the hand embroidered and crocheted tablecloth. Hand woven baskets, designed by Judy Dan, decorate the Sukkah. One is filled with soft sculpture vegetables. The Sukkah was donated to Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care.
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