Monday, July 9, 2018

Judaica, Old and New, With and Without Charlton Heston

Judaic studies professor Jodi Eichler-Levine wrote a beautiful essay about Judaica and "riffing on tradition," published in the Association of Jewish Studies' magazine, here. I'm beyond honored to be mentioned. Here's he full matzoh cover that she discusses.
And the detail that caught her eye:
Doesn't everyone put Charlton Heston on their matzoh covers? I blogged about it several years back, halfway down the page. Thank you, Jodi. It's amazing to be understood
In tallit news: One disadvantage of being an empty nester is that my kids, who used to serve as fresh, unpaid supermodels, are no longer available. Fortunately, my fresh, unpaid supermodel husband steps in, if I plead and promise to maintain his anonymity. So here is an anonymous person modelling a tallit for a girl who chose the colors. the batik fabric, and the design, specifying that the stripes be uneven widths and uneven distances from each other. 
And here it is a few weeks later, on the actual gorgeous girl! (With her gorgeous family, also unevenly distributed.)
It's much more difficult to make stripes uneven than the same size. Closeup:
I outlined the letters with silver metallic thread, using freemotion techniques. The method is explained toward the bottom of this page. The Hebrew blessing for donning the tallit is made easily with my "atarah on a roll" pdf pattern, which you can download for free here. The quilted case, with the bat mitzvah's Hebrew name, is below.
Opened, from the back:

The matching kippah is very simple....
...and reversible....

(My not-quite-free book on how to make plain as well as complicated reversible kippot is here. )


And speaking of complicated: Tallit-and-kippah maker extraordinaire Marilyn Levy used a pattern from my book to make this kippah, with the extensive machine embroidery that she does so beautifully: 
Find more of Marilyn's exquisite creations, including kippot and tallitot, at her website, here.


And finally, moving from the sublime to the ridiculous, I must sheepishly admit that I do occasionally get commissions for bark mitzvah hats - yep, canine kippot. Meet Cody (and a feline photobomber): 
(What kind of a Jewish name is Cody? I forgot to ask his Hebrew name). I got a little fancy with fussy-cutting the four panels of Cody's headgear, for a kaleidoscopic effect: 
And the inside: 

It has a gold lame binding - what dog doesn't love bling? - and can double as an eyepatch. Not recommended for cats. The pattern is also in my book, here.


  1. My favorite part of your post is Cody's kippot!

  2. Wow, that was a lot to cover in one post! From matzah covers, to talitot to kippot for dogs. All your work is beautiful. It's hard to know where to start.

    My husband is usually my quilt model. He use to joke that he was told that he had a face for radio. Now he has a face to be a quilt model too :).

    I really love the way that you fussy cut the fabric for the kippot. It adds so much to the design!

    It's all really stunning work!

    1. Thank you, Rena. I'm so glad to hear that I'm not the only one exploiting my DH!

  3. I was worried someone would say that!!!

  4. I do love your blog...the original and funky