Monday, March 23, 2015

Thrown to the Wind


Guila Greer

I was shopping for something else in one of our local crafty chain stores and saw this forlorn and forgotten package of burlap in the clearance section. It was already cut into 4 "prayer flag size' pieces but I don't think that was the original intent - nothing written on the package. Anyway I immediately jumped to that idea although I had never seen burlap flags or had made any myself. By the time my friend and I left the store I had sketched out in my mind a vague notion of how I would use them and couldn't wait to get started. It was a learning process from the beginning and I pretty much made it up as I went along.



 One caution - when making prayer flags one should avoid stitching into the area at the top that is supposed to be left clear for hanging, lol.
 Can't wait to get started on another set!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Prayer Flag Quilt

"On a trip to Tibet in 1990, I purchased some prayer flags and yak bells. The small flags are paper with the prayers printed on them. The other string is printed on fabric. They were not new so wear and tear are visible. The yak bells on the bottom of the quilt provided music throughout the country. Eyes on the top of the quilt are a Tibetian traditional design." - Beth Nelson

Tibet prayer flag quilt. W 21 in, H 30 in

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

Love


My prayer flag for Jill Berry.
The bird and sunflower are printed directly onto the fabric and then I colored them in with watercolor pencils.  The background fabric was created using a foam stamp and very wet Setacolor paint.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Plans for You

 I have Bible verses going along the stripes of the legs. They are the Living Bible translation and their locations are: Jeremiah 29:11 and Psalms 91:11   I live in Glassboro, NJ. I was filled with happiness creating this prayer flag for Jill.  Thanks, Kathy

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Love, Leap. Laugh

Libby Williamson, from California, made this beautiful Prayer Flag for Jill K. Berry. 
The front side has some "Leaping Legs" attached. 


The back side has a pocket stuffed with a few treasures and a personal note.
Thank you for sharing Libby!
Please email photos of prayer flags you would like to share to
prayerflagproject (at) gmail (dot) com

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Make a Healing Flag for Jill K. Berry

We invite you to make a 'healing' flag for Jill K. Berry to cheer her up while she recovers from open heart surgery.

Size - 5x7 vertical format
Can be made out of fabric and paper (must be easy to sew through on a sewing machine on the top), because all of the flags will be sewn onto bias tape or ribbon for easy hanging. All of the elements on the flag should be securely attached, no thicker than 1/4 inch, no heavier than 4 oz and please do not use glitter on them.

Suggested motifs - Jill loves images of leaping humans (think leap of faith), and of course maps and lettering.    Keep important motifs away from the top 1" because we will be stitching through that top 1" to attach your flag to some bias tape for hanging.    You can put a non bulky lightweight pocket on the back to insert a personal note to Jill if you want but please make sure that the pocket is securely attached.

Shipping your flags:
Deadline to receive flags by March 15
Send to Susan Brubaker Knapp
Deadline to receive flags by March 20
Kathy York
OR
Sue Bleiweiss

Please email me at prayerflagproject (at) gmail (dot) com for the mailing address.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Reconnection


Michele Bilyeu writes about her inner transition into a new year in her blog post:  Reconnection

She describes her newest prayer flag by writing:

"Birds have always been seen as special messengers of hope from above. While bird feathers, besides being engineering masterpieces, are often seen as symbols of reconnecting us with hope, and a belief in the unseen and as yet unknown.

I love finding feathers along my own path whether I am simply walking in my own yard in Oregon where feathers are more likely to have been left from one of my own flock of domestic chickens or along the beautiful beaches along the channels of ocean waters in my home state of Alaska where I reconnect with childhood, family, and the feeling of being home and truly returning to my own nesting rebirth year after year."...
You can read more about her prayer flag of hope and the joy of reconnecting at: http://www.with-heart-and-hands.com/2015/01/reconnection_19.html

Monday, December 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Happy Flag Project

There is a wonderful article on AL.com about the Dahli Lama's visit to Birmingham and the Happy Flag Project along with many photos.



This was a wonderful project to be a part of and as you will see in the photos it took a village to make it happen.  There were so many beautiful thoughts, prayers and art shared and from what I could see on the posts on Facebook the flags made the event even more special!
Thank you to everyone who made this possible!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Kindness Given

Anne Gailhbaud, from France, has shared many of her prayer flags with us and when her friend heard that Anne's husband was very ill she knew just the right thing to give to Anne:

Thank you Anne for sharing your friends beautiful prayers for you and your husband.  We wish you both many healing prayers and love.
Anne has photos of many beautiful flags on her Flickr Page: https://www.flickr.com/groups/1715420@N23/

Sunday, September 21, 2014

For a Friend


Anja Kieboom from http://www.scrapitch.over-blog.com wrote to share with us how she made a prayer flag for a friend who suffers from cancer:


I wrote the words down in the normal way on a piece of fusible interfacing that i ironed back to front to get the mirror image on the back to do the free sewing correctly.
 Every stitch i made was a prayer for her. I hope she'll find a lot of courage to battle this treacherous disease.At the same time I hope that the prayers will be carried to those who also suffer and hope they will find the strength to cope with it.


I used a big, old nail I found somewhere for the hanging. Nails, as we sometimes see in old paintings, are supposed to be the symbol of great suffering.  I added ribbons to help the prayers to be swept along.





I created the black and white flower pattern by using a gelli plate to finish the back of the prayer flag.

Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful flag with us Anja!  Her blog is in French but the beautiful photos and artwork speak volumes in any language!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Peace Bunting


With the Nato Summit taking place just down the road from here today, I am hoping my humble Peace Bunting will send some good vibes.

Peace Flags Deborah O'Hare

This is a project that used up a quilt looking for a new life.
Wishing Peace to you all! Deborah

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Celebration of Life




Michele Bilyeu:

"My sister-in-law, Shelley, along with my youngest brother, Rick, fought a courageous 10 month battle with her Stage 4  diagnosis of small squamous cell cancer late last year. She lost that battle a week and a half ago while staying in Seattle, where she had been going every three weeks for chemotherapy, flying from their home in Juneau, Alaska to Seattle for chemotherapy.

They had tried and exhausted every kind of chemotherapy drug, and even tried experimental therapies in hopes of prolonging her life. That she lived a full 10 months with a terminal, late stage diagnosis and survived long enough to meet her first grandson is a testament to the determination of the human spirit against impossible odds......."
read more at: A Celebration of Life...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Splash

The prayer flags were created during the community event, Splash from Loveproject.
The event was to helps save our water.






Splash prayerflags were unique as the youth not only created the flags but they had to take photos and turn them in to digital media.






- Karen