Thank you, Stephanie, for sharing this beautiful handmade full-size tallit, personalized through a mix of creative techniques. Stephanie started with the tallit instructions in the Sew Jewish book, choosing the variations for the full-size tallit. Then she sewed on ribbons for stripes in a mix of blues, purples, and teal. She used fabric paint to add a pair of doves with olive branches. She tapped Jan Gorelick to add machine embroidery to the atarah (neckpiece) and the corner pieces.
It’s a great example of the wide range of techniques you can use to add your unique touch to a tallit.
Are you thinking about making your own tallit? If you haven’t already taken the Sew Jewish tallit making poll, I’d love to get your thoughts to guide me in providing more tallit-making resources. It’s only six questions long: Take the Tallit Making Poll. Thank you!
Maria Bywater is the author of Sew Jewish: The 18 Projects You Need for Jewish Holidays, Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebrations, and Home. She teaches hands-on Judaica sewing workshops.