Before I reveal the first design chosen for the Torah Cover Project for Temple B'Nai Israel, I just want to touch briefly on the principal of Hiddur Mitzvah. A mitzvah is a good deed. An example of hiddur mitzvah is the good deed of the beautification of our places of worship and ritual objects in order to glorify G-d and G-d's commandments. It is interesting that this concept of adornment and beautification flows through many religions. So as you follow my progress as I transform ideas and pieces of cloth into meaningful and beautiful torah covers, we are fulfilling a mitzvah.
This is a conceptual drawing done with color pencils. The rectangular area depicts what will be seen on the front of the cover. I make the covers so that they are like a wrap around skirt. This makes them easier to slip on and off, especially since I line them with a slippery fabric.
The next step is to enlarge this design to the actual size. I tape a few pieces of paper together and I mark the center. Then I redraw the original design. Since there is such a difference in scale, I redrew it rather than just enlarge it.
So these are my fabrics that I have chosen to start with.