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Links and resources [Aug. 29th, 2006|03:16 am]
Interfaith art and crafts for religious purposes


Welcome, everyone! Does anyone have any suggestions for links and resources I could put in the user info, or just ideas for adding to or changing the user info come to that? Someone gave a link for a rosary supplier in the previous post, for instance. You could also mention books which may be useful, or other communities which would be good to link to (and if you want to advertise there, please do).

I'm your friendly moderator, and I'll probably co-opt a few more if anyone's interested. Despite practically everyone on jewishwomen having volunteered, I think it'd be good to have mods from other faiths to begin with. I'm Jewish, living in the UK, and I embroider mainly. You can see what I've been working on here: I made myself a tallit [prayer shawl] last summer, and I'm now designing a challah [ritual bread] cloth for my best friend's sister, who's getting married in a couple of months.

[User Picture]From: purple_obsidian
2006-08-29 02:59 pm (UTC)
I have a cross stitch chart maker, that is brought out by DMC, that converts a picture into a cross stitch chart and gives the floss usage and colours needed (in DMC threads), Its very cool, They sell them at our local fabric store for around $30 (AUS).

If anyone ever needs a picture made into a chart, I could probably do it.

So I've been having fun making basic charts. Only done one of them yet (not much free time!), which was Goddess names I made into a long belt on that bookmark aida cloth.
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[User Picture]From: elettaria
2006-08-29 03:13 pm (UTC)
That sounds really useful. Unfortunately I do freestyle and more or less create my own designs (sometimes adapted from a picture I've found online), so I have to work out designs myself and fret over stylisation and stitches, but hey, it's more fun. The floss usage and colours needed facility would be fantastic, though. I'd probably still end up spending ages at the fabric store checking colours right by the door to get the best light, of course.
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[User Picture]From: purple_obsidian
2006-08-30 12:14 am (UTC)
Some of us are artistically challenged :)

For our wedding, we exchanged "favours" (as in the pieces of fabric - like on the movie Braveheart) rather than rings, and we did those by hand. They were cross stitch sewn onto velvet. Mine was a basic design, but hubby did an eagle he designed by hand. I was very impressed.

I made him a pouch to hold his dice one year, and I did his name on the front with cross stitch, but I cheated - I printed out the name on paper and while it was wet I pressed it against the cloth to give a bit of a guide of where to go :)
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[User Picture]From: elettaria
2006-08-29 03:14 pm (UTC)
P.S. Thanks for the kind offer. Do you have pictures of the Goddess belt?
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[User Picture]From: purple_obsidian
2006-08-30 12:19 am (UTC)

I couldn't be bothered filling in the white, so it's just the cloth. I backed it in ribbon to hide the other side.

I used the program to design the chart - you can also just type in the words and it converts them into the chart, so thats what I did.

I'd eventually like to make an Altar cloth with the sabbat (festival) names done like this and sewn around the edge like a trim. I just need to work out how long it would need to be (I assume LOOOOONG).
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[User Picture]From: napoleonofnerds
2006-08-30 12:31 am (UTC)
I once made a prayer rope which had the names of Saints on it so I could recite a litany without paper. I gave it to somebody (as I usually do with stuff like that) but it was similar. Your script is much prettier, though.
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