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!
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!
"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......."