Moving right along
Today ( and yesterday) I pretended that I was drawing with my sewing machine and made feathers for Natalee's, Wings tallit. I really enjoyed how easy it was to adjust the width of my stitches, making it easy to taper the tips of the feathers down to nothing, giving the whole thing a more naturalistic feel.
Natalee was adopted from China. When kids come from a mixed background, as Natalee does I like to try to aknowledge their place of orgin in the tallit. I don't want the tallit to look costume-ey. But being able to nod to the birth family at this important milestone is probably a good thing.
Natalee liked the idea but didn't want the tallit too look too Chinese. We found the prefect solution in my fabric stash. This Chinese brocade silk fabric has large flowers as part of the brocade design. Some are blue, and the others are green. We thought that having the blue flowers in the center of each corner piece--with just a hint of the red background would be perfect. The eyelets will be in the center of the flowers.I backed each of the flowers with white shantung. They are ready to be sewn on once the whole tallit is assembled.