Thursday, October 10, 2013
A Mezuzah For Indoors
Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
Deuteronomy 6:5 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
Deuteronomy 6:6 And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart:
Deuteronomy 6:7 And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.
Deuteronomy 6:8 And you shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
Deuteronomy 6:9 And you shall write them on the posts of your house, and on your gates.
With these words from the Torah in mind I designed a mezuzah to be placed inside our home next to our bedroom door.
First a size was selected and a pattern made accordingly. The shape of the mezuzah was cut out and adhered to the cream colored inner border with a heat bonding material. Then it was decorated with metallic craft paint and glitter glue. That in turn was sewn onto the first layer of the blue background. A slit was made in the second layer of the background for a place to insert The Shema. I made the three little tabs at the bottom each with two layers of felt and did a blanket stitch around the edges and placed them between the two background layers. The two background layers were then joined with a blanket stitch edging. Finishing touches were adding the beads at the bottom of the tabs and sewing a ring on the back to hang it by.