For students/parents/grandparents participating in the tallit workshop, I offer custom embroidery of atarot/corners and can make tallit bags and kippot to complete your project. I would recommend that you fill out the embroidery order form which will give me all the information I need. And remember, this workshop is part of my regular business where I have other orders in progress, so please respond to my emails in a timely fashion. Here are some specific answers to the common questions:
Q: What kind of fabric should I buy?
A: I prefer silk, cotton or wool (natural fabrics.) Polyester tends to pucker and not yield the best results unless it is a strong, non-stretchable fabric. I apply a fusible cotton backing to all fabrics to make them more stable. Also, if you are having a border sewn around the edge, remember to balance the weight — the main fabric and border fabric should be approximately the same weight (not a thin silk for the main part and a heavy silk for the border.)
Q: How much fabric do I need to send?
A: For an atarah, I need a strip 6″ x the full width of the bolt. Typically this is 44″/45″ but many silks come in a 60″ width. For a set of corners, I need a piece that is 6″- 8″ x at least 30″ Please indicate if you want a hole for tzitzit stitched and punched out. Do not pre-cut your fabric to size. I will return any leftover fabric.
Q: What about an atarah/corners with a contrasting border?
A: I make a bordered atarah or corners by sewing a strip of the contrasting fabric around and hem finishing. It is usually approx. 3/8″ wide; however you can specify if you want it wider. For this application I need 2 pieces of fabric (see above for size requirements.) Also see comment above regarding fabric balance in “What kind of fabric should I buy?”
Q: What blessings can I use?
A: There are no rules as to what can be embroidered on an atarah! Text can be English or Hebrew or no words at all (decorative images/design.) Most customers choose the traditional tzitzit blessing but you are certainly not limited to that one. I have a PDF file with lots of others or you can choose anything that speaks to you, i.e., from the Siddur, your Parsha, a psalm or proverb, just to name a few.
Please feel free to browse my website for inspiration. There are atarah samples (all were made for previous customers) on the atarah and atarah/corner sets pages. Many corner designs are also on the atarah/corner sets page and the corners and the corner sets/themes pages. Also, on the right hand menu of any page, there is a link to design collections where many popular designs are organized by theme. And for even more there is a link to new designs which I update as quickly as I can digitize them. There are also many places online to purchase embroidery designs. If you find one that you want, send me the link. I may be willing to pay for it to add to my inventory; if not, it is usually a nominal expense.
For tallit/tefillin bags, kippot or other Judaica, please email me directly to discuss options and cost.
For other specific information, please go to my FAQ page.