Illuminations kits Summer 2017

101 Sharon’s Olives

These illuminations are strategically placed to fill out column lengths to 78″ (2 m), which we have established as the height of the text area of the assembled scroll. Quantity is very limited, and only one of each design will be issued . They are packaged and sold as a kit for $18, including aida cloth, coloured floss, needle and counted cross-stitch diagram.

Fill out a new registration form and send it in an email to <> stating your first and second choice.

Please consider submitting your own designs that relate to specific Torah narratives or general themes
. This might be a good opportunity to express an idea you had while stitching your verses, but found yourself short of time or space on your canvas. Time permitting, we can wrangle your sketch or collage into the software to produce a rendering to be stitched by yourself or someone else.  Size range is 5-15 cm (2″-6″ ) high; and colours within the established palette.  Refer to these pages for guidelines and suggestions:
If you know of other artists – professional or not – who would likely contribute original designs, please contact us.

Sharon Binder is a distinguished artist, calligrapher, and one of our stitchers. She has given us permission to interpret her Shiv’at HaMinim/Seven Species series showing the special produce of the Promised Land.

107 Sharon’s honey dates

103 Sharon’s barley


Labyrinths will represent the wandering of the Israelites in the dessert. From prehistoric to modern times labyrinths have had deep meaning in many cultures. Unlike a puzzle maze a labyrinth has a single path, and following it with intention is believed to be a progress towards reward or enlightenment.

073 Seven-Circuit labyrinth 074 Chartres-style labyrinth

073 Seven-Circuit labyrinth
074 Chartres-style labyrinth

076 Minotaur Labyrinth


Section headings for Deuteronomy have an aqua background.

090: Deuteronomy 1:1–3:22 header “Words”

091: Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 header “Pleaded”

092: Deuteronomy 7:12–11:25 header “As a result”

093 Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17 header “See!”


These panels are inspired by mosaic tile work of cultures around the Mediterranean. Being non-figurative, they will be used among the sections exploring concepts of Creation in the Qur’an in Arabic.

118 Arabian mosaic pattern


Celtic knot designs inspired these patterns. You may interpret them in colour(s) of your choice.

116 Key knot border 1

117 Key knot border 2


Classic Japanese patterns will be stitched with indigo-coloured floss.

108 Nami/Waves

132 Asanoha/Stars


A series of floral borders, including grapes for the section in Numbers when the spies return bearing evidence of the richness of the Promised Land.

133 Grapes of Canaan

131 Art deco grapes

119 floral border 1

120 floral border 2

121 floral border 3