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« on: January 13, 2008 07:31:11 AM »

This was originally posted in bags, but I think for the stitching it is more appropriate here.

Okay, I'm in need of advice/help anything. I'm stumped with this project, and I'll try to be brief.

My Rabbi asked me to remake this tefillin bag that belonged to his Grandfather that passed away in 2007. Basically, all he wanted to save was the area with the stitching.

Before, you can see the velvet has some damage.


Warning: Please keep in mind the sewing is a rough version till I decide what to do with the bag.

Since it would be impossible to match the velvet I thought the best way would be to incorporate both black and blue. Then I thought doing it in a miter pattern would work, which brings me to here.


Then I considered adding some kind of stitching along the seam lines would help combine the old and new. Both in the velvet and thread. Either embroidery brier stitch maybe, or perhaps a machine zigzag?

Matching thread that is over 50 years old is not easy either. Here are the two threads I got that were the closest match. Which do you think?


Any advice, help, direction would be so very appreciated. I'm just stumped with this one.  Sad
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2008 10:36:08 PM »

I love the idea. I think a more decorative stitch would look great with it and in the lighter color to match the embroidery on there. I like the black velvet too.
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2008 04:16:55 AM »

Thank you kittykill! I appreciate the help. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2008 06:12:50 PM »

personally, i think i would have gone with an ivory edge instead of the black
but for thread i think i wouldn't try tyo match at all, I think I would have gone with a contrast with a gold or silver closest to the original stitching then an ivory colour farther away so that any differences in colour won't be as noticeable ...
maybe somebody in the quilting forum could give you better insight for this?Huh
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2008 04:20:41 AM »

Thank you so much for the input twylag!

I need some help on this as I've not progressed on it at all. It is very frustrating since I usually know what I want to do. I think I'm nervous since it is for my Rabbi. Smiley

Maybe I will check in at the quilting forum. :]
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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2008 09:49:49 PM »

Does the design have to be in the corner?

I think I would put  the design upright in the middle, so the piece is a diamond shape. Then add triangles to the sides to make a square. The triangles could be the black.  Then add blue sides to make a bigger square to right size bag.

I hope you can understand what I was trying to say there. I tried to find a picture of that pattern, but could not.
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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2008 03:55:06 AM »

Yes, I understand completely and that sounds good. I will layout the pieces to see how it looks.

Thank you! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2008 10:25:03 PM »

I think it wonderful that you are doing the recon for your Rabbi.

He will have a bag all his own, with family history that he loves.

Going to keep an eye on this thread to see how it works out.
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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2008 03:29:37 AM »

Hope to get this worked on some this week. I appreciate your help, very much. Smiley
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