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 prayer shawl (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 shawl. 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.
Here is the little kepah her granddaughter wore on her head. Hand beaded!
Here is the scene she quilted for granddaughter number two. This she called, Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
It’s hard to see but all those little oranges and grapes are beads stitched onto this work!
Here is the kepah for granddaughter number two.
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!