I owe Chana an apology. About eight or nine weeks ago she completed and mailed Kelly’s handwoven tallit. Busyness, health issues and a few other minor complications got in the way of my promised final pictures. Well, yesterday evening, I used my limited camera skills to snap a few in our newly painted living room. After taking the pics, I have to say I really like the location and the way they turned out.
Lighting could have been a little better, but the picture behind adds so much depth and richness to the subject and reason for the tallit.
Made entirely of linen and colors changed very often to assemble the beautiful pattern, this is a one-of-a-kind tallit that will last for decades or more. Truly, a very special and functional piece of wearable art. Thank you, Chana!!
Here are a few more pics of Chana’s beautiful work. May Abba bless her hands as she ministers in this special manner!!
Last night, I received an email followed closely by a phone call from Chana (Anita) who has been hand-weaving a custom tallit for Kelly. You may recall a few of the updates I have posted besides the original article about meeting this very dear gifted lady.
Well, the pics of this beautifully crafted piece are well worth sharing!! Several have come earlier, but last night’s detail of the eyelets for the tallit are special! Enjoy!
It appears she has tied off the fringes, so the next step, as I understand it, is to wash and work it a little which will tighten up the weave and make it look like cloth versus a screen. Then, she will throw a few stitches in it to shape it so that Kelly can wear it without having it fall off of her very small frame.
We are very excited about this work of art! For those interested in a hand woven article of any type, from challah covers and pot holders to full dresses and shirts as well as tallitot and all types of Judaica, please contact Chana. Her email address is in a previous post. 😉
Ms. Anita sent me a few more pics of the progress on Kelly’s handwoven non-traditional tallit. I spoke with Anita last night, and we shared a few thoughts from the Torah portion. My questions to Anita had to do with all of the woven garments the High Priest and priests wore. One point I specifically remembering her making is how incredibly difficult it is to scour the linen to remove the tannic acid. Continue reading “Update on Kelly’s tallit…”
A few days ago, I introduced you to Anita Heist and her hand woven craft! Well, late last night I received a note from Anita with a picture of her progress on Kelly’s tallit:
In the email, Ms. Anita explained,
…the cloth looks window-screeny on the loom. This is correct. It will “bloom” in the wet-finishing. In the mills, the non-wet-finished piece is called greige goods. After that the piece can be hand-washed any time you want to. It will be stable. sot, and not have the spaces between the threads like it does on the loom.
This is an educational process in addition to being visually stimulating.
If you would like to contact Anita for something special and unique, firstname.lastname@example.org .