Because of the significance of the peacebuilding work of Peace Fleece company, all are encouraged to use their yarns in this project. In addition to co-producing yarn with shepherds from the former Soviet bloc countries, Peace Fleece has worked projects with sheep farmers in Israel and the West Bank. Peace Fleece’s “Baghdad Blue” yarn contributes especially to peacebuilding in Israel by directing all proeceeds from the sale of this yarn to the bi-cultural Jewish and Palestinian village of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam in Israel and the Seeds of Peace youth camp for Palestinian and Jewish Israeli children. This bright blue yarn is a symbol of peaceful coexistence in Israel – please do use it for any of the knitted elements in this project. Peace Fleece also makes a number of lovely shades of greens, including Shaba Green, Kamachatka Seamoss, Anna’s Grasshopper, Hemlock. Any of these yarns would contribute to the beauty of our peace tree.
- Peace Fleece’s “Baghdad Blue” worsted wool, or any other green or gray yarn (worsted weight wool, cotton or acrylic); the variety of hues of the knitted olive leaves will only enhance the beauty of our collaborative sculpture.
- use the patterns provided or linked on the Patterns page , vary them as you like, or use your own, work in single or double strands of yarn, felt them or sew them. Just make your leaves approximately 5-8″” long, with 10-12” tails so that they can be tied securely to the tree.. The beauty of the tree will also be enhanced by the variety of leaves contributed, including “mistakes” and “sloppy” stitches.
For peace doves:
- any worsted or white or cream yarn (wool, acrylic or cotton), or Peace Fleece’s “Baghdad Blue” or Antarctica White, can be used with the patterns provided on the Patterns page.
- Again, please leave long tails so that the doves can be attached to the tree. Birds larger than 8″ may not make it onto the tree (on account of size and weight), but will be included as part of a flock gathered in its shade.
- Any worsted weight white or cream-colored yarn (wool, acrylic or cotton), or Peace Fleece’s “Baghdad Blue” or Antarctica White, can be used. Try to keep candles no taller than 10″ (including “flames”). You can use the patterns provided as a guide, or your own, and leave long tails so that the candles can be attached to the sculpture platform.
When you’re done, drop your leaves into an ordinary envelope (no special padding or packaging should be needed); candles and/or doves may need some padding (but boxes won’t fit through the mail slot). Feel free to include a brief explanation about your reasons for participating in this project, and/or special wishes or prayers for peace in Israel and the mid-east; these will be featured on the website and eventual installation.
Then send them to:
The TikkunTree Project
c/o Ready to Hand Studio
731 South 22nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Deadline: while we hope to have an olive tree art exhibit organized and installed eventually in Philadelphia, the TikkunTree Project is currently an open, rolling community endeavor, and the emerging branches and foliage are shared as they visit knitting circles and other venues. However, since tying the leaves to the tree is labor intensive, you are encouraged to send your leaves as soon as possible so that they can enrich the tree and encourage others’ participation.
Thank you very much for participating in this special peace project.
Any questions or additional information can be sent to:
tikkuntree (at) yahoo (dot) com.
Join our project’s communication group for ongoing information about patterns, workshops, and peace efforts we can share.
Group name: thetikkuntree
Group home page: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thetikkuntree
Group email: thetikkuntree (at) yahoogroups (dot) com