Thursday, August 29, 2013

Feast Of Trumpets

The Feast of Trumpets, Yom Teruah, is in the seventh month of the Biblical calender Elul. It is a two day Festival that takes place next week. On our calender that is 9/4 Wednesday sundown to 9/6 Friday sundown. It is the only one of Yahweh's Feasts that starts on the new moon. 

Lev 23:24 Speak to the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall you have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.

Num 29:1 And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have an holy convocation; you shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets to you.

Num 29:12 And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month you shall have an holy convocation; you shall do no servile work, and you shall keep a feast to the LORD seven days:

My project this week is a quilted banner.

This banner measures approximately 30 inches wide by 57 inches long.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Help On The Door Of My Refrigerator

I've wanted to learn the Hebrew language for some time and I've had an on-again-off-again experience with it. I just get so far and then slack off for a while so it's back to review time and time again. I've come up with a project that might be an answer to my dilemma and one that might inspire a reader or two.

I'm sure you've seen those colorful, plastic letters with magnets on them. You know...the ones that children like to play with on the door of the refrigerator.  These magnetic letters are available in Hebrew but bright, primary colors and plastic are not my favorite form of decor so I've devised my own version of Hebrew letters. While attempting to find material in my own stash of supplies, I've gone back to good old felt.

First I made simple block letter templates of cardstock.
I decided on what word I would spell out first...shofar. I cut out the appropriate size background felt for my letters...white. But because my refrigerator, where I would be displaying my word is white, I decided to place the white background onto a larger piece of green felt. That would make each letter stand out better. I cut out both the white and the green felt with pinking shears to give it some character.
I traced each letter onto the white felt and outlined it with embroidery thread. Then I cut out a less full letter of the green felt to apply inside the outline. Lastly I glued sheet magnet to the back of each letter.
The letters progress until...
I haven't completed all of the letters I will need to spell out words in the future but I will add them until I have enough to do the job.

The finished word 'shofar'.

Each week I'll post a new word or two. Because I am often passing by the fridge I can't help but have the word posted implanted in my memory.

As I was composing this post I realized that I forgot to add the vowel marks to this word. I will add them next week and connect the word shofar to that post.

And what is a shofar you ask? According to Wikipedia, a shofar is a horn, traditionally that of a ram, and used for Jewish religious purposes. But that only scratches the surface of the matter. Come back next week and see how this applies to the Fall Feasts.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

This Little Tune Kept Going Through My Head...

...and I had to act on it. This week's project is the name of our beloved Tzion spelled out in a display.

First I drew my chosen letters on mat board and cut two of each out using a straight edge and an craft knife. I also cut the same shapes out of thin (1/4 inch) styrofoam that was came in packing material. I proceeded to glue together each letter sandwich style...a set of two letters with the  styrofoam in between.
Raw materials

The letters cut out.
Sandwiched layers.
After gluing the 'sandwiches' together I trimmed the edges with gold lame type ribbon. The the letters were glued onto a base made the same way as the letters.
You can see the gold ribbon trimming the edge of the letters.

I ran out of gold ribbon and trimmed the edge of the base another trim instead. It seems to work.
 I've seen tutorials on making 3D cardboard letters but this method went a lot faster. 

I hope you enjoy the following YouTube video...a song about Tzion.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

In Anticipation Of A Future Journey

I, like many of my viewers, dream of a trip to Israel. The option isn't available to me at the present time but I thought I'd have fun with a little fantasy. I found an small and unfinished wooden suitcase at the local craft store. It measures about 3 by 5 inches with a depth of 1 3/4 inches.
I lightly sanded it and painted it with an acrylic base coat. Then the fun began. I made a copy of a map of Israel, shrunk it in size and printed it up on my copier. Next I typed up words in English and Hebrew on my office program and printed them up. I cut the border off of the map and cut the words out. Everything was glued onto the suitcase and sealed. I felt that it still needed something so I floated a darker color acrylic paint on the edges of the suitcase.

I may not be able to travel to Israel for now but this continues to wet my whistle for the Holy Land. And I plan to be packing a much larger suitcase when the opportunity arises. :)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

A Simple Little Key Fob

This idea came to me earlier in the week and I found it pretty quick to accomplish. I started with a pattern drawn on card stock and cut out. I find that card stock, being a little heavier than regular paper holds up better for patterns.

Next a piece of wool felt  was selected on which I traced around the pattern with a felt tip pen. Then the felt was cut out.
Each key fob was inserted through a metal keyring and folded in half on itself. Heat fusible webbing was placed between the two layers and set by using a hot and dry iron. Each was decorated differently.

In the first example I used a stencil to outline the letters I wanted to use on a contrasting color of felt. I cut them out and glued them to surface of the key fob. Then the letters were outlined with a bottle of glitter writer I had in my stash of supplies.

 In the next example I embroidered my Hebrew name on what was to be the back of key fob before I bonded the front and back together.
The back
This is the front of my name key fob where I used the first letter of my Hebrew name. It was attached in the same manner as the first key fob. (Please excuse the color outlining the letter. It is glittery and the color is much better than what the camera shows.)

My last key fob was the most fun to make.  Rosh Hashanah (New Years) extends from sundown on September 4 through 6 this year and heralds the soon coming Fall Feasts. Already I have been thinking about projects for the Fall Feasts so this one is getting me in the right mindset.

And there you have all three examples. Let your imagine run wild and try these yourself. They're a great little gift idea too.