Thursday, 1 July 2010

Prayer flags

I don’t think I have ever worked that fast before, but the prayer flags were done and hung outside before noon yesterday – right on time for my dad’s surgery.
Most of the fabric scraps were white, and I didn’t really want bright white fabric scraps hanging in my garden, so, inspired by all the lovely dye work by Judi of Approachable Art, I decided to alter them. I did not have any fabric dyes, but I do have quite a collection of fabric paints, including two new ones, a deep purple and a bright orange. I filled two containers with a little water, splashed a little paint in each, stirred a little and soaked the fabrics and the leftover string from the bundles. I left them on newspaper to dry, but did not have the patience and ironed them dry between sheets of newspaper. I did hope some of the print would come off onto the fabrics, but no such luck.


I did leave one little scrap white for writing prayers however, and these are now safely tucked and stitched in between layers of bright colourful scraps and with string running through them for hanging.
Somehow working on these put my mind to rest. I feel happy and calm knowing that my prayers for my loved ones are blowing into the universe. They are hanging in the dead tree where the bundles were, at least until husband comes home. I hope they can stay out there; I would love watching them sway in the wind and change over time.
My bundles have come to a full circle, and I’m happy to report that all is well with my dad.

I'll be adding this to Amylou's Sew & Tell on Friday.

26 comments:

  1. Glad to hear your dad is doing fine. It’s awful you can’t be with your mom and dad, but I’m sure you contributed to his well being by making thse wonderful prayer flags, I like to think of them as acts of love. The wind has blown your wishes to your dad. I hope he will fully recover.
    Take care!

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  2. Wonderful! I hope your Dad has a full recovery and that all will be truly well. These flags are very special and I think an incredibly creative way to use your bundle fabrics. You're amazing.

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  3. I'm glad to hear your prayers were answered and all is going well with your Dad. I love your flags, and the processes that went into them, I hope you can leave them hanging in your trees.

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  4. Hi Nina Lise,

    I'm sooo glad to hear your father is doing well. I love your the look and idea of your prayer flags...the colours are great too. I haven't heard of prayer flags before. I'm sure they helped.
    Hugs, Sharon

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  5. Glad to hear your dad is doing well. Your prayer flags are beautiful on several levels. Take care,

    ; )

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  6. These flags are wonderful and so meaningful!
    To me they offer such a feeling of hope.
    I am glad to know the story behind them!
    Hope your dad continues to improve.

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  7. Glad you dad is doing well. Your flags are spectacular and I hope they can stay where they are.

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  8. What a wonderful idea prayer flags are and I certainly enjoyed reading about the process of making them. They are beautiful. Glad your Dad is doing well and I also pray for his continued recovery.

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  9. How did I know your flags would be purple and orange!!!!!! These came out great. Hope your dad is doing well....xox Corrine

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  10. Really nice prayer flags! Love how they turned out, and how they look hanging on the dead tree.

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  11. The prayer flags are beautiful and I'm so glad your dad is doing well. Hugs!

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  12. Thank goodness Nina, that's wonderful news. I really like the flags, especially those colors.

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  13. Hello Nina, It,s cottonreel .I always find your blog interesting, I have never heard of prayer flags . I have seen something similar on factual t.v programmes .

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  14. Wow, these prayer flags are just wonderful and so beautiful - they really speak to me and I think I have to make some up - I have lots of prayers for the health of friends and family at the moment. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  15. Beautiful flags and beautiful story. Glad to hear your Dad is doing well. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :o)

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  16. What a great way to direct your energy and heart while you waited to hear about your father! Very meaningful. Glad to hear the good news.

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  17. I have not heard of prayer flags before. Yours are very creative, and I am glad you shared the process. I'm glad to hear your Dad's surgery went well and I hope he continues to improve. Hugs, Rene'

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  18. These are very unique! This is the first I've heard of prayer flags. I like the color combination. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Hope you dad continues to improve. I'd never heard of prayer flags, but I love the concept! How wonderful ... thanks for sharing.

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  20. That is such a great idea, I love it. I hope your dad recovers quickly!

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  21. I'm so happy to hear your father is doing better. Amazing how those prayer flags help in so many ways. I found them inspiring and definitely want to make some. Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs, many hugs. You are in my prayers too!

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  22. Thank God all is well with your dad.. I Love the prayer falgs. I never saw those before. I think I will make some. I always seem to have something to pray for. Thanks for sharing. Very inspiring.

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  23. What a pretty and creative way to use your fabrics. I hope all is well with your Dad.

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  24. these are perfect....beautiful, delicate and intricate and with meaning. great finsh

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  25. Så fridfullt och skönt att se dina böner hänga där i vinden..........en idé att ta med ombord på segelbåten i sommar......har en del böner att "sy in"...
    Tack för ett så förtröstansfullt blogginlägg.

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