The Quilting Path: A Guide to Spiritual Discovery Through Fabric, Thread and Kabbalah
In the popular trend of connecting spirituality and art, professional quilter and quilting instructor Silk seeks to connect her craft with the mystical Jewish tradition of Kabbalah. While a likely connection exists between creativity, mysticism, and quilting, the book is largely unsuccessful at illuminating it. Each chapter presents one of ten divine attributes posited by Kabbalah, along with a spiritual practice and instructions for a quilt, but there is too little of each of these to be helpful, and the segues between paragraphs and between sections are weak. One chapter, for instance, jumps from a detailed description of how different each of her children is, to a discussion of chesed (unconditional love), to angels, to the Buddhist practice of lovingkindness, and finally to directions for making a baby quilt. The thread-pardon the pun-that connects all of these elements is often unclear. Quilting instructions are minimal, usually two pages per quilt, and the illustrations aren't labeled, making this a book only for experienced quilters. While Silk is clearly knowledgeable about Kabbalah, spirituality, and quilting, she combines too many elements here, creating a mulligan stew that will probably not satisfy either spirituality readers or quilters.
Reviewed on: 08/07/2006
Release date: 08/01/2006
Paperback - 280 pages - 978-1-4596-7970-2
Ebook - 192 pages - 978-1-59473-426-7
Hardcover - 192 pages - 978-1-68336-416-0
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