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The Inspiration of Friends

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Inspiration of Friends

I met my friend, Sheila Stern, for lunch yesterday and we had a great time catching up.  We always enjoy showing each other what we’re currently working on so we can get constructive feedback.

She happened to have her granddaughter’s attarah and kepah from her bat mitzvah.  Actually, she had two, one for each granddaughter.  She pulled them out of beautifully beaded envelopes made of ultra suede and silk charmeuse with amazing beading around the edges.

She created a quilted scene of Jerusalem out of tiny bits of silk which she stitched to the garment.  The photos don’t do justice to the artwork at all.  But I had to give you a glimpse!  These were originally a video I took of the long scene but it was too close and I knew it would give you vertigo to watch it.  I resorted to several screen shots.  Just imagine the three photos linked together in a panorama.

Inspiration of Friends

Inspiration of Friends

Inspiration of Friends

Here is the little kepah her granddaughter wore on her head.  Hand beaded!

Inspiration of Friends

Here is the scene she quilted for granddaughter number two.  This she called, Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Inspiration of Friends

Inspiration of Friends

It’s hard to see but all those little oranges and grapes are beads stitched onto this work!

Inspiration of Friends

Here is the kepah for granddaughter number two.

Inspiration of Friends

I’m just blown away by the evidence of such love and caring Sheila put into each stitch of these keepsakes for her grandchildren. She now has a grandson who is looking forward to his bar mitzvah.  Can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

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PS – Just thought I’d add this photo of one of Sheila’s granddaughters wearing her creations at her cousin, Noah’s, Bar Mitzvah.

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  1. Rhoda lubetkin says:

    Wow! Love the Pieces!

  2. Diane Foos says:

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful works of religious art.

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