There are lots of ways to embellish your tallit and personalize it, whether through color or embroidery stitching. Below ere are just a few of the ways, but for more inspiration, check out the embroidered atarot, atarah/corners sets and embroidered corners:
The corners of the tallit can all be the same, though many of my customers have selected a “theme.” These are a few samples, such as the four seasons of the year, names of the matriarchs and Jewish symbols.
Every custom tallit has an embroidered label inside the neckband for personalizing, such as the bar/bat mitzvah’s name in English and Hebrew along with the simcha date. But a few customers have used the lining of the tallit to embroider family names/dates:
The atarah (or even the entire tallit) can be banded with a coordinating or contrasting silk:
Additional embroidered designs are often placed at the ends of the atarah:
Some embroidered designs look great when stitched directly onto the fabric.
Custom dyed fringe is a nice way to continue the color scheme:
Or “corners” that really aren’t square corners:
The wool tallit imported from Israel are woven on a loom, so extra warp threads are left to make a knotted fringe. On most wool fabrics, the weft threads can be pulled out to make a self-knotted fringe:
This is a technique known as “couching.” These were individual strands of needlepoint thread that were sewn directly onto the silk in a free-form waves pattern.
For this tallit, the lining was made from the client’s grandmother’s wedding dress!
And this tallit used a grandfather’s bar mitzvah garment for the lining!
Or a hand-tied fringe? The one on the left is rayon chainette (like graduation tassels) on a silk tallit; the right one is silk/wool boucle weaving yarn for a wool tallit.