Jewish and potentially Jewish fabric, online or mail-order
When local shops don't have what I want, I look online. Use search words like 'Jewish' 'Hebrew' 'Star' 'Hanukah' (Channukah, Chanukah, Hannukah, Hannuka, etc.). Scour 'Holiday' and, yes, Virginia, always peek in the 'Christmas' section, too. Here are some of my favorite sites. (Warning: This section could keep your credit card up way past its bedtime.)
1-800-Dreidel.com (Formerly 'The Jewish Fabric Store'). Fantastic collection of Judaic-themed fabric, including a matzoh fabric. Phone is, yes, 1-800-Dreidel.
Fancy Delancy Intentionally Jewish fabrics, plus fabrics that might not have started out with Tribal intentions but can be recruited - like 1890 indigo reproductions (with 6-pointed stars). http://www.milechai.com/jewish-fabrics/index.html . Request a paper catalogue, at firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 303/893-6942.
Fabric Paradise. www.fabricparadise.com This shop specializes in novelty fabrics of all kinds, including many Judaic fabrics. (Enter the word 'Judaic' or 'Chanukah' in their search box).
Bearpaw Quilting. For people of the (college text) book. I couldn't find any Jewish-themed fabric in their shop, but it does carry more than 30 licensed cotton college prints. (They also have many military, sports, and other novelty prints. Go to http://www.bearpawquilting.com/cgi-bin/Store/store.cgi.
eQuilter.com. Huge selection - great place to find novelty and theme fabrics for every topic under the sun (from Bingo to Zorro), at fine quilt shop prices (plus shipping and handling).
Quiltconn.com. Good selection, service and prices.
Let's say your daughter is into trombone, ballet and volleyball, and you want those themes on her bat mitzvah quilt. Where do you find all that on fabric? If the LQS (local quilt shop) doesn't have it, enter the key words into one of these high-powered engines:
http://quiltshops.com/search.htm. ">Quiltshops.comSearches more than 50 online quilt shops. Enter your words, click thumbnails, and see snapshots of all the fabric on one page!!! Price variations are fascinating. Making a 'plague' matzoh cover? Type in 'frogs,' and see what hops up! Speaking of which,
Fabric Shop Hop. http://www.fabshophop.com/fabsearch.asp Similar to the service above, it searches dozens of shops with one click. You can even do their online 'shop hop,' which for an advertising gimmick is a lot of fun. (If you happen to like fabric).
Stitches by Sue. www.stitchesbySue.net Several aleph-bets, and more Stars of David than you can shake a yad at. She recently added a darling Passover "plagues collection" (Insofar as plagues can be darling.) Sue is a rabbi, so you know she spells things right!
Cactus Punch. www.CactusPunch.com. Some two-dozen Judaic machine-embroidery designs. Put 'Jewish' in the search window. Designs can be purchased in a store, or downloaded directly. Toll free number is 1-800-487-6972.
DesignsSewJewish At http://members.shaw.ca/sewjewish/SEWJEW Stephanie Shaeffer, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, offers several cute Jewish designs--one a fanciful children's aleph-bet, the other - hope you are sitting down - adorns your, uh, kosher wine bottles with, uh, bibs, dresses, tallitot, vests, skirts, capes, and of course, tutus, with words like 'Shabbat Shalom' and 'Oy Vey!' Oy vey! She also sells patchwork patterns.
Buzz Tools. Hobbyists share their original designs at this site, and several are Judaic, plus an aleph bet. Click on 'Free Designs' 'Alphabets and Symbols,' and on 'Free Designs' 'Religious,' at www.buzztools.com.
Fancy Delancy Offers a lovely Hebrew font which works with Brother (.pes), Babylock (.pes),. Bernina (.pes), Pfaff (.pcs), Viking (.Hus), Elna (.sew) Janome/New Home (.sew), Singer/P.O.E.M. (csd), Tajima (dst), and Melco (.exp). Email them for a picture at email@example.com, tel. 303 (893)6942, or write them at 1635 Osceola St., Denver, CO.
Stamping on velvet, for a rich, embossed look, is hot (it involves an iron). Great for challah covers and the like. Learn how to do it from the Hot Potatoes Rubber Stamp folks, at http://www.hotpotatoes.com/velvet.asp.