The New Ephods & Pomegranates Studio

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Our new studio is finished today, just in time for Glyn’s Birthday! And the weaving begins!

 

 

The Tallit, or Prayer Shawl

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Part of our Handwoven Judaica line is the Prayer Shawl or Tallit. Three new ones are about to go on my loom.  They will be offered in our Etsy Shop, but special oredrs are available.  Email me at w.william.melnyk@gmail.com

The Tallit Prayer Shawl

Prayer Shawl Will      Prayer Shawl Glyn

These Prayer Shawls are for your personal use in prayer, shown here
in light or dark blue stripes,
but other colors/designs are possible

They are approximately 21″ wide by 8′ long (plus fringe)
and can be fitted with Tassels at the four corners.
They are made from 100% mercerized cotton and are gently washable,
though we recommend dry cleaning.

What makes a Tallit Kosher?

Our Tallits are about 21″ – 22″ wide and 8′ long plus fringe, which makes them the narrower, around the shoulders version rather than the larger over the head type.  They are made from a single fiber, 100% cotton, and the four fringes (tzitzit) are made from the same fiber.  They are tied in our own style, with five knots.  Of course you could add your own, in any of the traditional styles.  There are many opinions about what makes a proper Tallit, but we feel confident ours are appropriate to wear in Temple in most places, as well as at home.  Our reference is this excellent article in Ben’s Tallit Shop.

Check with your own Rabbi about wearing in Temple.

Price:  $225.00

If not in Stock,
Allow 4 – 6 Weeks for Delivery

The Tallits shown here were woven by Will.
You can ask for your design and color for the stripes, within some limitations.

Woven Music!

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Mozart Scarf 3My 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

Fibonacci Rainbow Stoles

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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.

Price:  $125.00

Special discount in June for students in the Sewanee summer advanced degree programs.

SEE THESE IN OUR ETSY SHOP

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Interfaith Celebrant’s Stoles

In time for Summer Solstice, Will is producing several “Celebrant’s Stoles” appropriate for all spiritual traditions, from Animist to Zoroastrian. They are especially appropriate for those who celebrate the sacredness of the Solstice.  Their rainbow design also makes them especially appropriate as Marriage Equality Stoles, and their use of the Fibonacci Sequence and Golden Mean make them meaningful for all Gnostic traditions, including Christian.

These stoles are 8′ long (plus two 3″ fringes) by about 6″ wide – a substantial stole in brilliant colors to make a substantial point.  The warp threads are black, gold, red, green, purple, blue, gold, and red – in the Fibonacci Numbers Sequence of 1,1,2,3,5,8,13, 21.  The extra golden thread in the center is emblematic of the Golden Mean (see below.)  The two shown above have wefts of white, and red.  There will be two more stoles in other colors.

Each or these stoles is unique, one-of-a-kind, and will not be duplicated.  They are woven from 100% mercerized cotton, and are gently washable.

Price:  $110.00 (plus shipping)

Order now through the EphodsandPomegranates.com website, in time for Summer Solstice.

The Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Mean

The mathematics of the golden ratio and of the Fibonacci sequence are intimately interconnected. The Fibonacci sequence is:

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987, ….

The closed-form expression for the Fibonacci sequence involves the golden ratio:

F\left(n\right) = {{\varphi^n-(1-\varphi)^n} \over {\sqrt 5}} = {{\varphi^n-(-\varphi)^{-n}} \over {\sqrt 5}}.

A Fibonacci spiral which approximates the golden spiral, using Fibonacci sequence square sizes up to 34.

The golden ratio is the limit of the ratios of successive terms of the Fibonacci sequence (or any Fibonacci-like sequence), as originally shown by Kepler:[20]

\lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{F(n+1)}{F(n)}=\varphi.

Therefore, if a Fibonacci number is divided by its immediate predecessor in the sequence, the quotient approximates φ; e.g., 987/610  1.6180327868852. These approximations are alternately lower and higher than φ, and converge on φ as the Fibonacci numbers increase.

The Golden Mean (1.6180327868852…..) is a key component of Sacred Geometry, significant in many spiritual traditions as the expression of meaning in the Universe.

Now available in this limited number of Fibonacci Rainbow Celebrant’s Stoles.

~ Will Melnyk

 

 

 

Two New Personal Prayer Stoles from Will

“Resurrection”                                      “Iona”

Personal Prayer Stoles are a wonderful way to wrap your personal sacred space around you wherever you are.  Not jut for clergy!

“Resurrection” – The gold, green and purple colors of resurrection and spring.  100% mercerized cotton.  About 64″ x 4.5″  Price:  $35.00  Order in our Etsy Shop

“Iona” – Reminiscent of the green grass and purple heather of the West End Hills on the Holy Isle of Iona.  Made from the same Acrylic Homespun yarn as our popular Iona Shawls.  About 74″ x 5″.   Price: $50.oo       Order in our Etsy Shop