I just received this book and am very happy with it. It is an over-size book and will make a nice match with the author's
Needlepoint Designs from the Mosaics of Ravenna
which I also own.
The designs here, yes, are mostly based on Jewish designs but to me are not necessarily relegated to Judaism. There are Arabic, Byzantine and mostly secular designs along with the seven-branched menorah. The Birds on Lotus Flowers is from the Church of the Miracle of Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, obviously Christian. The mosaic that most interests me is the circular Greek-based zodiac with the seasons displayed in the four corners of the square...with all writing in Hebrew.
While I really like the duck, leopard, pelican and tree with gazelles, I am probably going to make the geometric patterns and decorative borders. Pleasant framable designs are offered but these latter designs can easily be extended and manipulated into nice shapes. On pages 32 and 33, the author has conveniently shown a picture of her living room and dining table with all the patterns shown as made into useful items including wall hangings, cushions, a tea cosy, tablecloth, and rug. In the back, she shows how to make a mini pile carpet using smyrna knots as well as a kelim carpet. All the projects are show in a large color photo--on the right-hand page, again, in this oversize book, and the graphs all cover 2 full pages. As with the above book, my only complaint is that the grids go to the very inside toward the spine so you'll be hard-pressed to photocopy it. It will already be difficult to fit them onto your printer because of the size of the book. I guess these are projects I'll just have to be satisfied doing straight from the book.
I also own this title by the author:
AMERICA IN CROSS STITCH
America in Cross-Stitch: Designs by Ann Roth
I am tempted to get this one as well:
Jerusalem In Needlepoint and Embroidery
which would match the above, being pictorial landscapes rather than designs.