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« on: March 17, 2008 03:42:27 PM »

My friend S is converting to Judaism, and I found out last week that her conversion ritual and public ceremony are today.  So I worked as fast as I could to do this:

It's the first three verses of Psalm 96, in the original Hebrew.  She's taking the name Shir, meaning "a song", and the synagogue where her ceremony is taking place is Shir Hadash ("a new song"), and of course she will herself be a "new song".  The passage begins "Sing to G-d a new song" and seemed perfect for the occasion.  I stitched with #5 pearl cotton on 14 count aida.  I now think it would have come out smoother if I'd used #8, or two strands of floss, rather than the #5.  The words are backstitched in a Hebrew font I designed, and the border is double running stitch.  I framed it very simply, without stretching, just sandwiching it between glass with a blue paper backing to keep the carry-overs between letters from showing.  (I started a new thread for each word, but did carry-overs from letter to letter within a word.)  Since I dodn't mount or stretch it, she can sew it onlo something if she likes, such as a tallis bag (bag for carryign a prayer shawl).

I'll put the alphabet up on my website for others to use, since I couldn't find a backstitch aleph-bet online.  (I'll add a pointer to it from this post when I've done so.)

Here is the framed piece:



Edited to add: if you want to see the whole aleph-bet so you can stitch something in Hebrew, you can find it here.
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2008 03:45:41 PM »

that is beautiful, and so thoughtful! great work.
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2008 03:51:42 PM »

That's gorgeous! I'm sure she'll love it.
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2008 04:00:22 PM »

that is beautiful and so thoughtful!  you are a great friend.
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2008 04:37:08 PM »

I'm not of Jewish faith, but I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying a gift as beautiful as that!
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2008 10:43:37 AM »

What a nice thing to do...
Really pretty too, wonderful workmanship.
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2008 06:04:00 PM »

Your work looks really beautiful, and I love that psalm. I'm sure she'll love her gift!
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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2008 06:42:42 PM »

That is really great! I especially love the border. I am impressed with your speed as well.
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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2008 08:12:39 PM »

That is really great! I especially love the border. I am impressed with your speed as well.

Thanks!  I adapted the border from something in The Beginner's Guide to Blackwork.

As for it being fast work, well, my main responsibility is taking care of my two babies, and when they're playing contentedly (which is more often than you'd think) I can get some stitching done -- if I'm sufficiently motivated!

Thanks to all for the positive comments.  My friend enjoyed the gift, and her daughter-in-law made sure to let me know there are lots of Bible verses containing her name, too, if I felt like making another.   Grin  (Her name is Mayim, meaning "water".)
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