Harriett Ringold

My “Weaver’s Journey” began when I realized that I could make the perfect fabric to be used for liturgical creations. I was able to merge my passion for weaving with my love of sewing, free-motion and computerized embroidery.

I had been using purchased fabric to make tallitot (prayer shawls) and the traditional Chuppah (wedding canopy). To enhance and embellish my finished pieces my path has led me to numerous courses in weaving, dying, and various artistic techniques. These ranged from a four-year course of London City and Guilds Embroidery Certification, photo transfer, and classes that enriched my understanding of weaving and the creative process.

I find it very satisfying to be able to combine my emotional and spiritual self with my weaving. I get to work with children and adults as I translate their life experiences into unique and religious designs that will be interpreted through fiber, colors, structure, and picture embroideries on their tallitot or a Chuppah. I invite the person or family to participate in the weaving and the tying of the ritual knots. This can be very emotional for all involved.

I love to enter my tallitot and garments in the Convergences that are sponsored by the Handweavers Guild of America. I have had tallitot Juried in the Liturgical Shows and have had garments in the Fashion Shows. I was awarded Third Place for weaving in the Scarves Show at the Vancouver Convergence. My work has been displayed locally and nationally at various exhibits and museums.

I coauthored DESIGNS OF JUDAICA, A Needleart Handbook.


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