Does a tallit prayer shawl have to have stripes?
Tallit

Does a tallit prayer shawl have to have stripes?

Stripes are not required for a tallit, although they are strongly traditional in some communities. In Ashkenazi Jewish communities –communities that trace their roots to Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages—prayer shawls traditionally have black or blue stripes. The stripes call back to the blue dye used to color one of the tzitzit strings in … Continue reading

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The Sacred Space of Teaching
Spiritual Audacity / Tallit

The Sacred Space of Teaching

Yesterday evening we finished a four-day tallit making class at a local synagogue. Eighteen students participated, most of them around bar and bat mitzvah age, but some as young as eleven and also several adults. Yesterday’s class was dedicated to finishing tying the tzitzit, which we started the week before. So much positive energy. Every … Continue reading

New Sewing Pattern in the Shop: Pomegranate Atarah for a Tallit
Atarah / Bar-Bat Mitzvah / Patterns / Tallit

New Sewing Pattern in the Shop: Pomegranate Atarah for a Tallit

Our newest addition to the Sew Jewish Shop is a pomegranate-themed atarah (neckpiece) and corner pieces for a tallit. The pattern comes with step-by-step instructions and illustrations as well as lots of tips, so even beginning sewers can get great results. Visit the Sew Jewish Shop for the pomegranate atarah pattern. Maria Bywater is the … Continue reading

Here’s an Easy Way to Sew Tzitzit Holes in Your Tallit [Video]
Bar-Bat Mitzvah / Projects and Tutorials / Video

Here’s an Easy Way to Sew Tzitzit Holes in Your Tallit [Video]

When you’re sewing a tallit, making holes in the corners for the tzitzit strings can be tricky if your sewing machine can’t make eyelet circles automatically. We’ve come to the rescue with a technique you can use with any sewing machine. This video explains. It’s full of details and tips, so even beginning sewists can … Continue reading

To Easily Sew a Neat Tzitzit Hole on Your Tallit, Don’t Make a Circle, Make a Hexagon [Free Printable Pattern]
Bar-Bat Mitzvah / Free Patterns / Projects and Tutorials

To Easily Sew a Neat Tzitzit Hole on Your Tallit, Don’t Make a Circle, Make a Hexagon [Free Printable Pattern]

Update: You’ll find a video version of these instructions here. If your sewing machine has a setting that automatically creates nice, circular eyelets, that’s a great way to make reinforced holes for the tzitzit on the corners of your tallit (tallis, tallith). But if your sewing machine doesn’t have that capability, making neat circles using … Continue reading

Free Atarah and Corner Pattern for Your Handmade Tallit [PDF]
Bar-Bat Mitzvah / Free Patterns / Projects and Tutorials

Free Atarah and Corner Pattern for Your Handmade Tallit [PDF]

Are you making a tallit? As promised, here is a pattern for an atarah (neck piece) and corner pieces. Earlier, we posted instructions for making a tallit that used a purchased atarah. Now, with this pattern, you can make your own. Neither the atarah nor the corner pieces are strictly necessary for a tallit, but … Continue reading