Thursday, June 20, 2013

Long May They Wave...

This joyful prayer flag emerged from the piles of scraps in my last post. It's the second of three I sent to a quilting friend for her birthday. They've arrived in Pennsylvania, and may even be waving over her garden and yard right now. It is so satisfying to combine the fibers and embellishments that have been just languishing in the sewing room longing for a home. There are handmade fabric beads in this one, along with hand-dyed fabric, and hand embroidery. A little lace and some yarn to accent the charming bird stenciled on linen (part of a prize package I won), and this flag is ready to fly. There are several more just awaiting assembly. They're kind of like potato chips!


I read about rust-dyed fabrics and just had to try it for myself. So one of the muslin-turned-rust pieces became the background for this flag. Then I bought a copy of Dianne Hire's book "Vivacious Curvy Quilts", and I just had to try it for myself. The curvy, improvisational leaf was the result of that. My sewing room is loaded with little experiments and I'm happy to find a use for them. There are many days when I like to play with fabric and just sew something... anything. That's when "just have to try it" things like rust dyeing and curvy leaves happen. And I'm a happy stitcher!


5 comments:

Susan said...

These are so beautiful!

sonja said...

and they are calorie free chips for sure!
and a great way to put to use bits and pieces and art bits too precious to toss !!

Susan said...

Beautiful flags, Nancy! I love your dyed fabrics! I hadn't heard of rust-dyeing before but it looks so great!

Dorothy Donna Parker said...

LOVE the rust dying effect. The flags are magnificent - she will treasure them for a long time. Beautiful work, Nancy - as always. hugs, Donna

Valerie said...

So cheerful! Brings joy to your day to see these.