Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Chupah

It's been a while since the last post, sorry about that. Mostly it's been because of the move and starting the new job, well that and not having done anything the least bit creative.

So, the Chupah... For those of you who don't know, a chupah is what people get married under in a traditional Jewish wedding. It is usually white and plain and provided by the synagogue or venue, but it can be whatever you want it to be really, as long as it has 4 poles and is completely covered (I think). So, my brother got engaged a bunch of months ago and asked me (or I might have volunteered) to make the chupah cover part since I'm handy with a needle. I, of course, agreed. Then about six months went by. Then it was about three weeks to the wedding and my dad had a weird fit involving lots of yelling and threatening if I didn't actually come over and sew. So, I went over and sewed. When they originally asked for this quilted chupah masterpiece, I asked what colors they wanted and they said blues, so they could use it in the bedroom apres la wedding. The wedding was in October though and with fall colors (i.e. my dress was orange), so I decided they were wrong and made it autumn-y instead. My mother (who is also has the curse of creativity) got a little chupah-feisty and chopped down pine saplings (they were going to go anyway, don't worry) and got my dad to pour cement into apple buckets (my poor father has actually be touched with the gift of being able to create the weird stuff my mother and I dream up) which she then filled with flowers. Then she stuck a stripped pine sapling into each one and we suspended the quilt from it. The following pictures are the visual aid for the potentially unclear description above...

I meant to take pictures during the sewing process, but forgot. Here is the setting up of the frame and poles.

Putting the quilt on the frame. (this involved flipping the frame upside down onto the quilt and me bossing people around a lot)

It's up!

Close up

With the bride and groom, rabbis and chupah-holders beneath it.
The whole shebang!

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