After the Seder, my newly woven runner goes on the table . . .
Two new Tallits, just off Will’s loom and awaiting finishing.
“Capernaum” on the Left, and “Siloam” on the Right
I’ll tie the tzitzits if you like, or provide cord from Israel for you to tie your own
Approximately 20″ x 7, – Mercerized Cotton
Coming Soon to the Woven Judaica line in our Etsy Shop
We will be teaching weaving classes at the Liturgical Arts Conference in Mississippi October 20-25. You can see all the details at https://www.liturgicalartsconference.com/
And especially at https://www.liturgicalartsconference.com/weaving-worship-the-souls-warp-and-weft.html
An important part of Ephods & Pomegranates is our Woven Judaica line by Will, including Tallits (prayer shawls,) Challah Covers, and more. Tallits are usually a special order item, but these three are currently in stock in our Etsy Shop.
Available with tzitzit, $10.00 additional.
My first venture into the art of the handweaving of Baroque music on a loom is complete. I am willing to bet that, unless you have been following this blog, you have never seen anything like it.
The horizontal color bands on the scarf are actually the musical score of the beginning theme from Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major (for violin) by W. A. Mozart. Over my right shoulder it reads from bottom to top; over my left shoulder from top to bottom. The color indicates the note, the width of the bar indicates the length of the note. A wide black bar separates measures; a narrow black bar separates notes.
Thus, the first measure (top left, just under the violin) is a dotted quarter note B, an eighth note C, and a quarter note B. The final measure (bottom left or top right) is a whole G. You can play by reading the scarf just like a musical score.
The plaid effect comes from the multi-colored warp. The warp threads are arranged in the Fibonacci Series of numbers (1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21 – then back down again. In the center is a single narrow Golden thread, which signifies the Golden Mean. Golden Mean is another name for the “Golden Section, or Golden Ratio,” the division of a line so that the whole is to the greater part as that part is to the smaller part (i.e., in a ratio of 1 to 1/2 (√5 + 1)), a proportion that is considered to be particularly pleasing to the eye. It is the basic concept in esthetically pleasing architecture, and the foundation of Sacred Geometry, used in the construction of the great Cathedrals and the Jerusalem Temple. It is a ration that exists everywhere in nature, for example the spiral shell of the nautilus.
The Golden Section has great significance in many Gnostic traditions, including esoteric expressions of Freemasonry. And Mozart was indeed a Freemason, as am I.
The point of the project is the close relationship between musical scores and weaving graphs. The weaver and the musician are one; a genuine meeting of the Bow and Shuttle.
If you are curious, here is what the scarf “sounds like” when “played” on a piano:
The scarf is woven of mercerized cotton, and is about 8′ long by 6″ wide.
Will has just produced a series of three Rainbow Clergy Stoles, great for any celebration, but especially for celebrations of equality. There are three stoles, one each with a weft of silver, red, or green.
The warps for each stole is black, gold, green, purple, blue, and red, in the Fibonacci Sequence of 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21. A slender gold thread in the center signifies the Golden Mean.
These are hefty stoles – definitely not for the timid! They measure about 8′ long x 6″ wide, and are made from 100% mercerized cotton. They are the only three of their kind that will be produced here at Ephods & Pomegranates.
Special discount in June for students in the Sewanee summer advanced degree programs.
I have two Personal Prayer Stoles currently available – they are about 62″ v 4.25″, made of mercerized cotton. They are for everyone – not just clergy, and a wonderful way to wrap your own sacred space around you for prayer, wherever you are.
Price: $35.00 each plus $7.50 shipping in the U.S.
(Custom Orders are Available)
Left: “Nashotah” Right: “De Colores”