Hanging out these prayer flags made it feel fresh and spring-like here this Easter weekend, even though it was cool and overcast. The display is located in a grove of trees behind our garden and next to the horse paddock. I hung them while husband Jack was out there riding in order to introduce the colorful flags carefully and make sure they did not spook the horse. You just never know what a horse will take exception to! He was fine with them. Me, too. I just enjoy seeing them fluttering there, and plan to add some more.
I made a few of the flags, but others were given to me by friends or received in a swap I participated in at Creative Lenna’s site. This one is rusted fabric with stamping and embellishments sent by quilting friend Joanne. I added the lace topper and tied some handmade paper beads (also from a Creative Lenna swap) on the sides.
Joanne made this one, too. Some friends raise poultry and exotic birds, so I'd collected some feathers from their yard. Just had to add some to form the bird’s tail!
This Stitch and Sew flag contains pieces of leftover art cloth (donated by a number of people) on a crazy batik background, along with a trimmed off piece of embroidery I just could not throw away. I won the spool and scissor images in a blog giveaway. These prayer flags are so freeing to assemble and sew. And it gives a home (a rather pretty one I think) to those things that hide out in the sewing room just waiting for a use.
This one also gave me a chance to try free-motion writing. Somehow making prayer flags are like making cards- while I’m working on one, the next one is already formulating itself in my head. I have piles of pieces and fabrics that look like they just need to get together in a flag. So another creative session of assemblage is coming up!
My one concern is that we have a coyote in our neighborhood. He steals our newspaper from time to time and shreds it up in the field next door. I hope he leaves these flags intact. Otherwise, they are out there on their own. We’ll see how colorfast and storm proof they are. Let the deterioration begin!