Besides being a Rabbi and Hazzan my mom is also a Jewish Ceremonial Artist in the fiber arts, with work displayed in the Skirball Museum and the Judah L. Magnes Museum. She uses the technique, Trapunto, Italian for "to embroider," which is a method of stuffed quilting that creates sections of raised surface of a fabric design. She uses this style for Judaica pieces like Torah covers, Chupahs and hanging wall pieces. And she makes Mezuzahs and Tallit in her own modern folk art style of patchwork and quilting with embroidered and beaded embellishments.
During the 1970s she would also sew clothes for herself and my father. Later she did the same for us kids. Both of us would wear matching mother and child Laura Ashley outfits when we went out. As I got old enough she gave me her old sewing machine and taught me how to sew, quilt and embroider.