These little gems were created for blessings of nature. They are a BOM I created to teach embellishing techniques. Each month we do a different technique. Embroidery, discharge dying using rubber stamps, Yo-Yo 3-d flowers, photo transfers for the moth wings, wire wrapped birds nest, etc. - Susan Edmunson
I was asked to make prayer flags that will be given as gifts to speakers, musicians, course leaders and others at Sorrento Centre this summer.
They were created by using hand-dyed fabric (blue) that I tore into the appropriate size strips and then dipped the bottom edge in bleach to discharge the colour ... then I painted that edge with golden and greenish textile paints to create meadows and hills. I then screen-printed a tree on each flag and followed that with hand embroidery of a few flowers before adding the hand-lettered "learning" patch. The top edge was turned over and hand stitched to hold a twig of red dogwood that I gathered at Sorrento Centre this spring. These are single-sided flags and all the edges are left ragged so that if they are left outside in the weather they will fade and fray away, but they will maintain their colour if kept inside, out of direct sunlight.
They were a delight to make and I love that we chose the word learning for these flags, from their motto, Sorrento Centre: A holy place of transformation for learning, healing and belonging.
Three friends have lost loved ones in the past week. Today I made 3 flags using hand dyed gauze, reclaimed quilt fabrics, book pages, and embroidery in honor of my friends and their beloveds. Join me in wishing Jen, Meg, and Susan the peace that passes all understanding during their difficult times.
"In the spirit of prayer flags, as I folded, clamped, dyed and stitched, I thought of blessings for our Country, prayed words of hope and gratitude for our Veterans, and meditated on Freedom and Peace worldwide."
Cindy Lohbeck has created a tutorial on how to create your own version of these lovely flags on her new blog "Diary of a Dyehard".
My flags are usually created in an intuitive way and whatever happens in the process is the result, it sort of develops on the way.
These last flags I created were for a specific reason. A new mother-to-be in our family celebrated this coming event not with a baby shower but a blessingway ‘party’ and the woman in our family created a prayerflag for this spiritual event.
I made beads from gelliprinted scraps hung on glittery thread for a bit of sparkle like hope. In both flags I added bits of Tyvek ironed to get a great decorative effect. I added organza in one flag that I wrinkled by use of a heatgun.
I pray for her to have the courage to undergo surgery for reconstruction.
I free motion machine stitched shell like patterns.
Gal. 5:22-23 - My inspiration for this project, 1st of allies the Bible verse. Secondly, whenever I am faced with a challenge, or am on a mission trip, I pray these verses daily. I believe that if each one of us focused on these Fruits of the Spirit, our world would be a much better place! My technique: I'm not much of a planner, so I just sort of design as I go. (I don't recommend that, it often times gets me in trouble!) I used loosely woven white fabric for each flag. I painted them with diluted paints after spraying them with water. This way the fabric still has a soft feel. I stamped different designs on them and did some sun printing on one. I added torn strips of fabrics, some lace and left all threads uncut. Each flag is backed with silk fabric I purchased in Cambodia. I was privileged with a mission trip to teach young ladies how to sew in an orphanage there, Shelter of Love.
Very many green for the respiration and the blue of the sky. In french, the rays in the sky are called "God 's fingers. I hope that God protects my husband; the flag is in my garden (with flowers, protective charms).
Kind regards and thanks for this project. Sewing has opened a window for me, and a protection for my family!
Incorporating hand stitching into a prayer flag helps me to pray
and ponder over the person(s) I am creating the flag for.
Hand embroidery can be used to create text, as Sue Rideout did in her flag, or. . .
. . .to emphasize shapes, as Jamie Fingal did in this flag, or. . .
. . .to create images, as Annika Lund and her embroidery students did in these lovely flags.
There are a plethora of stitches that can be used on prayer flags. Many more than just a straight stitch and french knot (even though those are both great stitches). Rather than rewrite the book on embroidery tutorials here on the Prayer Flag Project, we are sharing some links to some top notch hand embroidery tutorials.
I hope they will inspire you to incorporate a new stitch or two into your prayer flags, and then fly your flags by sharing them on the blog. If you know of a tutorial not listed, please feel free to leave a link in a comment.