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Two atarot...DONE!!!!

Usually when I do a project it is a collaboration between me and my client.  These two atarot are a collaboration between my client, my sister (who did the calligraphy) and me.

This is the atara for the bat mitzvah girl.


Below is the atara for her mother.



I didn't want the two to be identical despite being made using the same fabric and the same paint colors.











I want to show you how I built up the decorative stitching at the ends of the atara.


First I stitched rays in straight stitch using gold metallic thread.


I thought the diamond shaped stitching would add the right amount of punch. I use a thin bronze colored thread. It is meant to be used in sweater knitting to add a bit of elegant sheen. The thread was not made to run through a sewing machine. If you aren't used to the thread it breaks often and causes the user to do a great deal of cursing.  After so many years ( I have a giant cone of this thread) I have terrorized the thread into behaving nicely.



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