Early registration is open for the International Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework’s annual convention, which is coming to Atlanta from May 21 to 23.

“The mission of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework is to pass needlework traditions to other generations of women and men through the sharing of knowledge and techniques needed to create handcrafted items intended for both Jewish ritual and cultural use,” says the guild’s website, www.pomegranateguild.org.

Pomegranate Guild 2017 convention

Pomegranate Guild 2017 convention

The convention provides an opportunity to gain that knowledge and learn new skills in Judaic needlework.

The Atlanta chapter of Peach State Stitchers (www.peachstatestitchers.org) is hosting the gathering. Convention co-chairs Susan Big and Barbara Rucket have worked for months with a committee to make the convention educational and enjoyable.

Convention workshops and other programs will be held at the LeMeridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel, where dietary laws will be observed. Congregation Or Hadash Rabbi Analia Bortz, a physician, bioethicist, artist and Judaic textile needleworker, will deliver the keynote address Sunday night, May 21.

The event will include vendors with Judaic and needlework items, as well as exhibitions of needlework by members from around the United States and Canada.

Workshops on May 21 and 22 will include opportunities to learn creative and innovative techniques of needle art and design processes. Classes cover such skills as blackwork, crochet, tallit creation, dollmaking, applique techniques, needlepoint, embroidery and mixed media.

Peach State Stitchers member Flora Rosefsky will lead a workshop May 21 titled “Create a Jewish Inspired Design: Your Vision … Your Voice.”

Pomegranate Guild members and nonmembers may attend one or both days at LeMeridien, as well as a field trip Tuesday, May 23, to the Breman Museum and the Center for Puppetry Arts on Spring Street in Midtown.

Current guild members may take advantage of early-bird registration rates ($275 for one day, $450 for two) through Feb. 3. The regular rates ($525 for both days for members, $600 for nonmembers) kick in Feb. 5, when nonmembers may begin signing up.

More details about the convention are available at www.pomegranateguild.org/convention2017.html. For convention questions, email pomatlanta2017@aol.com.