Crafts

A Facebook post by Menlo Park resident Amy Bayersdorfer got our attention. It was a photo of cross stitch panel that we learned was part of world-wide movement called Torah Stitch by Stitch.

Started by well known fibre artist Temma Gentles, more than 1400 stitchers of all faiths in 27 countries are cross stitching the first five books of the Bible, four verses at a time. Its size at completion — the length of a football field — would make it theoretically possible for people to walk amidst Scripture.

“I’m not the strongest cross stitcher, and while I’ve done a few panels, I’ve also been working with the organization to justify the letters, shrinking or stretching the panels,” explains Amy, adding that she believes there are a number of others local people working on the project.

According to its website, Torah Stitch by Stitch has been invited to present “Tapestry of Spirit” from June 12 to October 27, 2019 at the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto, occupying all 10 of the museum’s upper-level galleries. It will feature the entire books of Genesis and Exodus, along with the final third of Deuteronomy.

To place the Creation theme in dialogue with the other Abrahamic faiths, the exhibit will also include selected passages from the Scriptures in Greek and the Qur’an in Arabic.

New stitchers are still welcome and can sign up online. Fundraising for the project is also continuing.

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Family Holiday Tree and Gift Tag Workshop on Dec. 8

Bring the family to create and decorate a mini 3-D paper tree, and to design unique gift tags and cards! All craft materials provided. The event takes place on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10:30 am to noon. Registration required. For ages 4 and up; adults are invited to participate, but must be accompanied by a […]

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Create tabletop art from re-purposed books at the Menlo Park Library on Nov. 16

Build and decorate your own tabletop art on Nov. 16 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm by repurposing a retired book to create a tablescape, using paint and other materials as well. Art facilitator Christie Inocencio will provide all the materials you need to let your imagination soar. This adult program is free, but space is […]

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Mandala Art Workshop is event at Vallombrosa Center on Oct. 20

There will be Mandala Art Workshop at the Vallombrosa Center (250 Oak Grove Avenue) in Menlo Park on October 20 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Registration is $40 and includes lunch. A mandala is a symmetrical design composed of circles and squares. Mandalas have been made throughout history by all cultures, and can be thought […]

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Cool Crafts for Kids K-5! Book bags on July 3

Create a unique tote bag for your library books on July 3rd from 2:00 to 3:30  at the Menlo Park Library, which will provide the bags, fabric markers and plenty of great craft materials. Drop-in, while materials last. Last entry at 3:00 p.m. For rising grades K-5 only -thanks for your cooperation. Children under 10 […]

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Cool crafts for kids K-5! Brilliant beading on June 26

Tuesdays for grade schoolers: Craft Day features beading on June 26 from 2:00 to 5:30 pm at the Menlo Park Library. Kids grades K-5 can make some bling for their summer outfits. Beads and stringing materials will be provided. Craft a necklace or a bracelet for yourself or a friend. Drop-in, while materials last. Children under […]

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Make Mother’s Day crafts at Belle Haven Library on May 12

Bring a friend along and joins us at the Belle Haven library to create a craft that will show mom how much you care. Make handmade crafts for your mom, grandma, or that special someone! All materials are provided. Children 10 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required The event takes place on […]

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Festive ways to use chocolate rabbits for Easter

It all started during Easter years ago. My kids received so many adorable chocolate bunnies that I thought there has to be something more to do with them besides nibble off the ears. Bunny Milk became a fun tradition that we still look forward to. It seems as though chocolate rabbits are multiplying more than ever. The […]

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Make mosaic boxes at Menlo Park Library on Jan. 23

Get in touch with your creative side at the Menlo Park Library on January 23 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  Art facilitator Christie Inocencio provides all the materials you need to decorate your own mosaic box to take home and enjoy. No registration is required, but space is limited. Christie Inocencio is a teaching artist […]

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Create a Fabulous Flexagon on Jan. 6 at the Menlo Park Library

Kids are invited to create and decorate a Fabulous Flexagon Collage Calendar on January 6, 2018, from 10:15 am to noon at the Menlo Park Library Learn the secret to folding and flexing a single piece of paper to reveal 12 months. Design and personalize each month. For grades 2-6; the project is not suitable […]

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Holiday crafting for children and their adults set for Dec. 9

Take a few moments to relax with some crafts at the Menlo Park Library on Dec. 9 from 10:30 am to noon. The experts from Create Cafe will demonstrate how to make fancy gift tags and cards, lovely colorful votive candles, and straw dolls. After that, you will be turned loose to get creative. There […]

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