© 2019 by Rachel Braun.  Embroideries generously scanned by Philip Brookman. 

Rachel Braun explores how Jewish and Biblical texts can be embroidered – literally and figuratively – in original needlecraft designs. The results have been elegant and inspiring, and have graced the walls of libraries and places of worship.  Rachel is a high school mathematics teacher, Torah chanter, and synagogue service leader. Her talents – artistic, spiritual, and mathematical – come together in this work.  For her first book, Braun presents color photographs of nineteen new designs, forty embroidery motifs, and ten new embroidery alphabets, in Hebrew and English, accompanied with illuminating commentary on the designs’ spiritual lessons, needlework techniques, and the underlying mathematical structures of embroidery designs.