Top Secret Project

Here is the secret project page for the you-know-what for you-know who. Check back, because I’ll be posting pictures as I work.   I was going to do some sketches with pommegranates but as I was working them, they started to look very Christmasy, and I didn’t think you-know-who would be so fond of that particular look 😉

The voting closes on August 16th! And remember, this is top secret !!! ; )

Click on the images below to enlarge them.


If you want an easy online way to help fund it you can go to paypal.com and click on “send money”. Then follow the simple online directions. You don’t need to have a paypal account to do this.
The only info you need from me is my paypal email which is cozycoleman@hotmail.com

or

you can send a check made out to:

Sharon Coleman
1045 Reynolds Rd
Chepachet RI 02814

And the winner is: #3!

sketch 3

Actually there was a tie, so an executive decision was made.


Work begins today.

tallis sketch printed out

Step 1: Print out the sketch.

Step 3: Trace the sketch onto the fabric with washable marker.

Step 3: Trace the sketch onto the fabric with washable marker.

Step 4: Paint stripes. I tape off the stripes with painter's tape.

Step 4: Paint stripes. I tape off the stripes with painter's tape.

outlining in clear resist, part 1

outlining in clear resist, part 1

I must admit, this is my least favorite part of the process. Resist is very, um, well, mucousy.  It’s a bit like painting with snot. But, it is useful snot. It stops the dye from flowing into areas I don’t want colored.  It will dry overnight and I’ll paint the outlined areas. Then I’ll wash it off and re-apply for other parts…

And yes, the silk is sewn to a pvc pipe frame. It’s time consuming, but the best method I’ve found to get a nice taught stretch to the silk. Not to mention, I can take it apart when not in use, and anyone who has seen my “studio” knows I need to conserve space!

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Sept 7th, 2011

… Tropical Storm Irene slowed my updates quite a bit. We were out of power, water and stove for 6 days. It was quite an adventure. (Perhaps a regular post on the subject is in order.)  God provided gorgeous sunshine for a whole week after the storm,  which came streaming in the big bay window in my studio. To top it off, my incredible husband refused to leave my side during the crisis, and took the week off from work. He entertained the children outside for hours each day which allowed progress on this tallis.

partly colored in flowers

Here you see the flowers partly colored in.

Ari playing under the stretched silk frame

Ari playing under the stretched silk frame

and here, evidence of my tiny work space, my littlest playing under my silk frame. It reminds me of when I painted the Four Matriarchs tallis. Rowan laid down under the silk, looking up at the design for at least 20 minutes. She said it looked really neat from underneath. I’ll bet it was a bit like stained glass.

Pictures to come.  I’ll take some more tomorrow in the daylight. She’s done and gorgeous! Kippah is knit and being fulled as I type.


All Done!

It's done!

I can’t wait to see her reaction. It will be presented this evening at our Sisterhood meeting. I’ll try and snap some pictures if I can.

Cherry Blossom Tallis, front view

Cherry Blossom Tallis, front view

Cherry blossom Tallis, back view

Cherry blossom Tallis, back view

tallis set

Bag, Kippah, and Tallit.

The bag reads “Shoshanah Bat Eliyahu” I wonder who that could be. 🙂

  1. #1 by Paula on August 17, 2011 - 10:09 pm

    Hi! Which one did you decide on? I’m hoping #2 but know that either #2 or #3 will be GORGEOUS!!

    Paula B.

  2. #2 by kaboogie on September 13, 2011 - 5:57 pm

    You MUST take pics of her as she reacts!!!!

    • #3 by cozycoleman on September 14, 2011 - 2:09 am

      DARN IT! none of my cameras had a charged battery!

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