Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Prayer Flags for "Learning"

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 and now that they have been delivered, I would like you to have a peek at them.
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.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Prayer Flags

I absolutely love making prayer flags. The small size means they are quick to finish compared to most of the pieces I create and there is so much scope for creativity.  Even when I make multiple sets  of prayer flags each one is slightly different.  They are a perfect little project for taking along when you are waiting for appointments, or flying from A to B.

Most of these prayer flags have been created from hand-dyed or hand-painted cotton, although there are some that are on silk (the pinky-purple one above is silk) and some have a few beads added as well as the hand stitching.  Eventually, I will offer some that can have text of the purchaser's choice added to the flag.

I am now listing these prayer flags in my Etsy shop  so drop by from time to time to see what is new and feel free to suggest themes that I might not be covering yet . . . I think the possibilities are endless.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Northern Lights quilts published

I have just received my copy of the Summer 2015 Art Quilting Studio magazine ... with a five-page article on my Northern Lights art quilts.  It is such a delight to see my work in print in such a beautiful magazine.

I was approached by Stampington and Company last year about submitting an article on one of my purses and subsequent to that, about an article on the Northern Lights art quilts.  For this article I sent the art quilts to them in California so that they could photograph them for the magazine.

These are from my Northen Lights series of art quilts that have the sky needle felted to quilt batting and the silhouette of foreground trees is created from cotton batik. They are free motion machine quilted.

Here is a look at the cover of this magazine ...look for it at your specialty magazine shop or quilt shop.