Stitching the Torah

Religion is a bit of a tricky thing for me. I’m very open-minded with regards to what other people believe, but I’m a bit confused about what I believe. I’m actually in the middle of a project that involves exploring many faiths, mostly through reading their holy books. So, as you can imagine, when I found out about the Torah Stitch by Stitch project, I knew it was something I needed to do.

Torah Stitch by Stitch kit

Torah Stitch by Stitch kit

In a nut shell, Torah Stitch by Stitch is an attempt to recreate the entire Torah (Jewish holy book) through cross stitch. You needn’t be Jewish, or even religious, to participate. You don’t even need to be an expert stitcher. After submitting an application and paying a small kit fee, you are provided with instructions, your charted section of the Torah, aida cloth, and black DMC. You’ve got six months to complete your section, and there are areas where you can personalize it using a prescribed colour palate.

My section is Genesis 21:19-22.

Close-up of my stitching

Close-up of my stitching

The project currently has 420 stitchers, but ultimately needs 1463 panels stitched. I know that the resulting scroll will be amazing! I think I have a bit of a soft spot for the project because it is being organized by textile artist who lives and works in Toronto.

If you’d like to participate, head over to the Torah Stitch by Stitch site and read all about it. Remember, you have six months to work on your panel, which is piles of time for expert stitchers like all of you! And, you don’t need to be Jewish, Christian, or any kind of religion. Opening yourself up to other faiths is an excellent way to get to know both the people you share this planet with and yourself.

Thank you to Lynn of Kearnel’s Korner for first posting about Torah Stitch by Stitch! You can see her panel in progress here.

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