Thursday, July 26, 2012

Prayer Flag Practice...

Making these little textile banners certainly has become popular. And it's no wonder... they're just the right size for exploring some fabric and technique fun while expressing a positive thought. Right at the same time as my quilting friend Joanne shared an article with me on making prayer flags (if you believe in coincidence), Lenna at Creative Swaps opened her latest trade with... what else?.. prayer flags. So of course I signed up. Swap participants will be making three 5" x 8" prayer flags using their choice of supplies, materials, and sentiments. My first effort is the one above. It's made using a base of hand-dyed fabric given to me by Robbie of Robbie's Paw Prints. I did some reverse applique, to which I added embroidery and paint. The message, "friendship and peace, may they bloom and grow" is from a song of blessing we sing during Kairos Prison Ministry weekends. And just to give the banner some flutter-in-the-breeze elements, I also added fabric beads made in a previous Creative Swap. I think this will look bright and lively in someone's garden or on their porch.


This is my second effort, and it includes a stamped message from Scripture, "peace, peace, far and near". I made it using insertion strips of fabric, and couched twine and yarn. The backing is a piece from a fabric sample book. And the garden print is just a scrap I love. Another handmade bead tops the flag. It feels very creative to pore through my fabrics and supplies and come up with ideas for these flags. I have one more to make for the swap, but I'll likely made several and then choose which ones to send.

8 comments:

sonja said...

i 2 love to make flags that send wishes and hopes on the wind.
they are like chips, one is never enough!your flags are great!

Robbie said...

The booklets are wonderful Nancy!!! I thought the first piece of fabric looked familiar. So glad you were able to make use of it!!

Robbie said...

Oops...I didn't mean book!! I have books on my mind!! I'll be sending you an email about your list for woman's prison craft...

Susan said...

Beautiful flags. I'm going to have to do a bit of research on these. I can see how you can be captivated by their messages and beauty.

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

This are quite unusual! I bet they are fun to make, something to get finished fairly quick!

You have made yours so colorful!!!

I.LIKE.

Donna, Doni, Lady D said...

They are fun to make aren't they! Yours are beautiful - the colours - well what can I say. I can just see them flying in the wind sending out their messages. That's a rather lovely thought isn't it. xoDonna

JansArtyJunk said...

Thanks for your kind comments on my blog...I'm having so much fun making these little prayer flags...Yours are lovely and vibrant...love the dyed fabric one...Can't wait to see what we get in our swaps!!
Jan x

TinaW said...

Gorgeous flags! I'm also in Lenna's swap, and I've been on a flag making kick myself. Let me know if you'd like to swap flags. You can see some of mine at my flickr page: www.flickr.com/photos/witt0071.