Sunday, October 6, 2013

Live at Pomegranate Guild National Convention, Philadelphia

Hard to say what to make of the event today but it's always a pleasant surprise to meet someone special and right away I knew I liked Debbie. She had on display some lovely Judaic huck embroidery pieces.  Yes what an unlikely style you may say? Forget the traditional swedish huck patterns you see on Nordic Needle. Tomorrow I'll take some pictures.  What's so interesting about Debbie aside from her creative needlework is she is a fourth generation cantor and the founder of The Womens Cantors' Network.
Karen  and Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray

Here is the right half on her buck embroidered tallit.  Just graphically it looked so appealing to me from across the room.

Tallit by Cantor Deborah Katchko Gra

Upon close examination to me, my first impression was this looks like structured thread doodling.  I've never tried huck embroidery but I find it so fascinating that my simply weaving a thread upon the surface one can make very creative, very powerful lines that are also meaningful designs.  The circles on the right you can see are simply loop-dee-loops made from a thread drawn through the weave of the fabric. The waves to the left are so interesting!

Close up detail

Below you can see that when you flip the ground fabric over, the design thread nevers goes through the surface but rather is just woven on the surface .  The ground fabric used here is referred to as popcorn fabric, and I believe its 7 count.  I think one could make wonderful table runners or wall hangings.  Debbie was taken by the Painters Thread Perle 5 threads I brought.  Perle 5 works well on 7 count and the variation in color makes the huck embroidered patterns that much more interesting  and visually pleasing.
Reverse side of tallit

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