I embroidered this challah cloth as a wedding present for the sister of a
friend of mine. Pomegranates are a common symbol in Judaism, and I
liked the look of a pomegranate tree, adapting an image I found online.
I embroidered "Shabbat Shalom" ("Good Sabbath") on either side of the
trunk, and put the bride and groom's names on top of the twin trunk.
The text around the edge is a quotation from the Song of Songs, and I
think it was the part about, "My beloved is mine, and I am his." The
embroidery is mostly done in chain stitch, with some feather stitch for
Challah is the traditional plaited loaf eaten at the Friday night
Sabbath meal, and it is always covered with a challah cloth before the
prayer is said over it. The couple is Orthodox Jewish, and I knew that
the challah cloth would get a lot of use.
Materials: linen fabric, embroidery threads, metallic thread, glass seed beads.