Hands-On Workshops

Tallit Kit Workshop Maria Bywater Sew Jewish
Workshop participants have fun creating Jewish-themed projects while learning beginner sewing and embroidery skills. Workshops use ready-made materials kits. All the stitching can be done by hand -no sewing machine necessary. Most workshop projects are designed for one session of 1.5-2 hours. During that session, participants can finish the project or learn the basic techniques to finish the project at home. The handmade tallit workshop is a multi-session project that can be tailored to fit your community’s needs.

To arrange a workshop: If your organization is a member of the Jewish Book Council Network Author Tour, contact the JBC to arrange a hands-on workshop. If you’re not a member of the JBC Author Tour, contact me directly about arranging a workshop using the form at the bottom of the page.

Kits: The kits are also available to purchase if you’d like to plan a workshop with your own local instructor.

Pomegranate Pillow Kit

Two Pomegranates Pillow

A pair of pomegranates add warmth to your home on this little pillow. The finished pillow is 6 1/4″ x 9 1/2″ (15.9cm x 23.5cm).

Kit contains:
– Pattern
– Stitch reference guide
– High-quality linen for the pillow
– Cotton/poly quilting fabric for the appliques
– Needle
I supply: Fill, Thread to share, Scissors to share
Cost: $18

Jewish hoopla hoop art dove hamsa

Sew Jewish Hoopla Art

A dove or hamsa to hang in your home — or incorporate the finished square into another project you’re working on, like a quilt. We’ll make a fusible applique, then finish and embellish it with easy embroidery stitches. Learn the blanket stitch, backstitch, and french knot.

Kit contains:
– Pattern
– Stitch reference guide
– Fabric
– Cotton embroidery floss
– 4″ (10cm) Embroidery hoop
– Needle
I supply: Fabric markers to share, Scissors to share
Cost: $6.50

Penny Garden Hoop Art Sew Jewish

Penny Garden Hoop Art

Create your own hoop art garden –personalized with your Hebrew name– to hang on your wall, while learning three stitches for embroidery and hand applique.

Kit contains:
– Pattern
– Stitch reference guide
– Traceable Hebrew letter guide
– Background fabric
– Felt
– Pearl cotton embroidery floss
– Button (color and style varies)
– Ribbon for hanging loop
– 3.5″ x 5″ (8.9 x 12.7cm) Embroidery hoop
– Needle
I supply: Fabric markers to share, Scissors to share
Cost: $10

Hamsa Embroidery Kit Sew Jewish

Hamsa Tassel

Learn two stitches for embroidery and hand applique and create this folk symbol of good luck to hang anywhere.

Kit contains:
– Pattern
– Stitch reference guide
– Felt
– Pearl cotton embroidery floss
– Needle
– Tassel
– Bead
Note: Style of tassel and bead may vary depending on availability
I supply: Fill, Fabric markers to share, Scissors to share
Cost: $10

Dove with olive branch ornament kit

Dove with Olive Branch Ornament

Make this super sweet –and super easy– dove ornament while learning three simple sewing and embroidery stitches.
Kit contains:
– Pattern
– Stitch reference guide
– Felt
– Pearl cotton embroidery floss
– Needle
I supply: Fill, Fabric markers to share, Scissors to share
Cost: $5

Tallit Kit Workshop Maria Bywater Sew Jewish

Handmade Tallit

Participants make their own personalized tallit by hand. The project is designed to be completed over several sessions. The workshop can be arranged during a series of after-school or evening classes or during a multi-day retreat. The cost per kit will depend on the materials and techniques we use to fit your organization’s needs. This is a wonderfully flexible, meaningful, and fun workshop.

Contact Maria about Arranging a Workshop

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