Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Part of Something Bigger

Today I wanted to share with you one of my works-in-progress. My mother-in-law emailed me an article from Hadassah magazine on a project to create a hand-stitched Torah (Jewish bible). Temma Gentles, a textile artist in Toronto, has created this project and has invited cross-stitchers around the world to participate.

This project is intended to be a work of art to be displayed in a museum, and/or as a travel exhibit. When the project originated, the artist was not sure she would ever get the 1463 volunteers needed to complete it, but after some good publicity and already 600+ stitchers it is well on its way!

I really could not pass up the opportunity to be part of such an amazing project, so I ordered my kit and waited (very, very) patiently until it finally arrived! I am diligently stitching my verses and will post pictures when I am further along.

Another thing the project is collecting is personal stories, and I have a doozy: I was randomly assigned a Torah portion, and it happens to be my husband's Bar Mitzvah portion! So stitching this has even more personal meaning to me.

If this project interests you, please read more about it here:

Torah Stitch By Stitch

If any of my local friends/readers decides to participate I would love to get together and stitch!

Here is a collage of some photos the project has collected:


  1. A true labor of love.
    Please continue to update.

  2. What a mitzvah! Can't wait to see your finished portion!