If you’re in Houston, and a friend of Claire and Frans, this might be for you!
The “Tallit Prayer Scarf”
Today tallits come in many sizes, shapes, colors and designs. This is possible because their are no rules governing what the tallit as a garment should look like. The only part of the tallit that is prescribed is the tzitzit (tassels or fringes) at the four corners:
Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them that they shall make for themselves fringes on the corners of their garments, throughout their generations, and that they shall affix a thread of sky-blue on the fringe of each corner.
This shall be tzitzit [fringes] for you, and when you see it, you will remember all the commandments of G‑d to perform them, and you shall not wander after your hearts and after your eyes after which you are going astray.
So that you shall remember and perform all My commandments, and you shall be holy to your L‑rd. (Numbers 15:38 – 40)
I have found that the larger sizes of tallits are a bit, well, large for use in daily prayer at home, or while traveling. So I created the tallit scarf in the photo above.* It was woven on my rigid heddle loom, of 100% cotton. The tzitzit are hand tied.
If there is an interested , we will offer them in our Etsy and Amazon Shops at Ephods and Pomegranates.
Blessing for wearing the tzitzit (the tallit):
Blessed are you, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who has sanctified us with commandments, and instructed us to wrap ourselves in tzizit.
This shall be tzitzit [fringes] for you . . . It is said that this is one of the few commandments who purpose is carefully explained in Torah: and when you see it, you will remember all the commandments of G‑d to perform them, and you shall not wander after your hearts and after your eyes after which you are going astray. In a very real sense, the commandment to wear tzitzit is equal in importance to all the others put together, because its purpose is to remind us of them all.
There are several different designs of tallits in our Etsy and Amazon shops. Perhaps this tallit scarf, which I have woven for myself, will become one of them.
* The scarf shown is a woven representation of the climax of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which includes Schiller’s poem “Ode to Joy:
Freude, schöner Götterfunken,
Tochter aus Elysium,
Wir betreten feuertrunken,
Himmlische, dein Heiligtum!
Deine Zauber binden wieder
Was die Mode streng geteilt;
Alle Menschen werden Brüder
Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.
Joy, beautiful spark of the gods,
Daughter from Elysium,
We enter, drunk with fire,
Heavenly One, thy sanctuary!
Your magic binds again
What convention strictly divides;
All people become brothers,
Where your gentle wing abides.
Have you ever wondered what the sound of Bach looks like? No, not on an oscilloscope, but in the rich colors of woven cloth, in a way that works just like sheet music?
You’ve probably seen me post before about the connection between music and weaving – the similarities between sheet music and weaving graphs. My first [project was a portrayal of Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major. Next was the Czech National Anthem, a gift for my first violin teacher, Lucie Carlson.
Here we have Passacaglia in C minor for organ, by Johann Sebastian Bach. Each of the colors represents a different note, and the width of the bands indicates the time value of the note. If you have the key to the colors, you can play this scarf just like sheet music.
In woven fabric, this is what the sound of Bach Looks like, the first 40 measures or so. It begins and ends with the opening on the bass pedals. Listen below:
This Saint Brendan of the Ninth Wave altar cloth and celebrant’s scarf was woven by Will for use at home with our Eucharist Service from the Saint Brendan’s Missal. (Unfortunately, the purple in the design came out blue in the photos, but you can imagine!) Sometimes we actually weave things for ourselves!
We are proud to participate in the 2016
Studio Open House, Weaving Demonstrations, Items for sale, Refreshments
1805 Laurel Lake Drive, Monteagle
Friday & Saturday, February 12, 13
Studio Open House 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Weaving Demonstrations at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 14
Studio Open House 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Weaving Demonstration at 2:00 p.m.
Directions: Turn on to Laurel Lake Drive beside the Mountain Goat Market and go about 2 miles. We are the first driveway on the right after the big Bear Den sign. (Look for the red Fog Festival sign.
There will be a special 10% Fog Fest Discount on all items.
Here is some of our studio inventory of shawls, scarves, table runners, clergy stoles, etc.:
It was 19 degrees when we woke up this morning at Ephods & Pomegranates. But we have lots of scarves and shawls to keep us and you warm!
Some are available for purchase online at our Amazon Shop:
Some are available right here at our studio in Monteagle
Winter and Dress Scarves and Shawls:
Our “Mountain Goat” Line, 100% cotton
Hagar Shawl Sarah Shawl
Midnight Frost Scarf Starry Night Scarf
Some are available at Taylor’s Mercantile in Sewanee or through us.
Sewanee Cross Pattern: