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.