Monday, August 30, 2010

When two Arts Meet

With Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur coming up soon I think it is due time to feature the work of Mordechai Rosenstein. His stained glass work and serigraphs can be found world wide and the Needlepoint industry in blessed to have his work available to stitch. Below are just a few of the standard pieces available and any of Mordechai's work can be considered to be reproduced exclusively by Aviva, who is licensed to interpret his work. It just so happens that both are located within a few miles of my shop and it makes it all the more real to have met both of them. I think his work can be interpreted so well to canvas because of his broad and interesting shapes that he he uses to illustrate Hebrew calligraphy translate so naturally to stitches and texture. And color! Nothing is more intense or saturated than his palette. Please email me for further information or inquiries. Most pieces shown are available for immediate shipping.

Dor L'Dor Kippot

Dor L'Dor Tallit bag

The Hebrew alphabet is the essence of the art of Mordechai Rosenstein. "The flowing forms of the letters have been an inspiration to me since my youth." Mordechai's love of these forms is evident in every piece he creates. His vibrant shapes and colors enhance synagogue interiors, tapestries, paintings, murals, and silk screen prints. Gifts and awards of Mordechai's works have been presented to President George Bush, President Yitzhak Shamir of Israel, authors Elie Weisel and Chaim Potok, the Pope and many others throughout the world.

Who is Content? He who is happy with what one has.


Do Di Li

detail of Do Di Li

Mordechai Rosenstein Mezzuzah designs by Aviva:

placed in box top

Finished in acrylic case

Friday, August 13, 2010

Best in South Jersey

Its so flattering to be featured in the Best of Shopping in SJ magazine. I'm amazed how many haven't noticed that I'm listed as the best knitting shop! Though many shops do have knitting, the Nimble Needle in Moorestown really doesn't.** But knitters are always welcome here to see what a threaded needle can do! Either way positive publicity is a great thing and I'm fortunate to have my pic included too.

** I do carry Renaissance Dyeing crewel weight wool, perfect for lace knitting. I have patterns for knitting a versatile hood / scarf but would need to order hanks of the wool rather than sell you a bag full of skeins. Skeins are 25 meters, which is ideal for needlepoint, embroidery, crewel etc.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pretty in Pink

Couldn't wait to show off a customers version of Shelly Tribbey's Lady. Its another perfect example of how silk ribbon, and in this case Riversilks, works beautifully into a piece where I'm not sure of what other fiber could work quite as well. Bouquet flowers are done in the spider stitch, the detail in the stems! I'm not sure what the stitch used in the hat would be called, but for now I'll call it the ribbon stitch, as nothing else but a ribbon, narrow or wide, can be folded back upon itself. The last piece is someone's else's stitched piece worked up into a lovely pillow by who else but Marlene's Custom Pillows. I'd like to end this with nothing but positive thoughts but my eye tells me otherwise. I have this canvas for sale and having seen now 2 versions somehow I want the dress / skirt to be more pronounced and even more so; have the upper background retreat into the background. Is it the color, the stitch or both but it almost plays this optical game between coming infront and my eye wanting to push it back. Its a beautiful piece in so many ways and I just think its all about her.