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, chana.weaves@comcast.net .

Introducing Anita Heist

As we have grown in the Messianic/Hebrew roots perspective of Scripture, we have been blessed to have an ever increasing circle of fiends and acquaintances.  Many are names you would be familiar with, but once in a while we run across an unknown gem that everyone needs to know for one reason or another.  Anita Heist is one such lady.

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A pretty rack of colorful thread… She has TONS of thread in differing materials like cotton, linen, wool, etc.

A senior lady who has been on this walk for most of her life, Anita is wonderfully gifted and knowledgeable.  Her heart is to teach and her library and interests include a broad variety of sustainable and ancient technologies that would be a treasure in any community, but weaving is her passion.

A world-class weaver who has been commissioned to reproduce exact matches to ancient garments and antique auto interiors, she has worked at the loom hand-weaving custom tallitot, challah covers, robes, and other Judaica for decades.

Recently, Kelly and I along with Tommy and Dorothy Wilson had a chance to share a meal at her table as we passed through Athens, TN enroute to the B’ney Yosef Plenary Session.  What a blessing that time was!!  Without a doubt, I can attest, Anita is an Ephramite National Treasure! Continue reading “Introducing Anita Heist”