Friday, February 26, 2016

Sew a Prayer Flag

February 2016
Sheree McKee

A prayer flag, sometimes also known as a peace flag, symbolizes community, caring, positivity and goodwill.  

In many cultures, they hang outdoors in the wind, intentionally allowed to weather and wear down to threads. The winds are believed to send the prayers and positive thoughts throughout the world.  The remaining threads then fall downward and return to mother earth.

Prayer Flags aren't difficult to design and sew.  They are relatively quick sewing projects.   Commonly, they are quite small, but they can be created in any size or shape.  The ones I have been swapping are approximately 5" wide and 8" tall, just a little bit bigger than a fabric postcard.
Blessings by Sheree McKee 
of Michigan

Blessings by Susan Brandli 
of Virginia

Our PostCardMailArt swap community (a Yahoo Group)  has offered several modern Prayer Flag sign-up opportunities this past year.  We have kept ours rectangular in shape for these swaps.

I believe a lot of my creative friends will intend to hang these modern versions indoors, or give as thoughtful gifts.  They can be hung on a wall, a fireplace mantle, as a window valance, or draped across a doorway.

There are  few styles I am attracted too.  I adore those using vintage linens and torn edge fabrics.

Our Swap Guidelines:
  • Finished size 5" wide by 8" tall
  • Must have a 1 1/2" open casing at top for stringing on a ribbon, cord, or rope.
  • Made from fabric
  • Embellished in a variety of textile methods
Joy by Sheree McKee 
of Michigan

Joy by Joan Lane
of Florida

 Themes ~ anything 
you can pray for:
Blessings, Bloom, 
Compassion, Courage, 
Dreams, Energy, 
Faith, Friendship, 
Forgiveness, Growth, 
Health,  Healing, 
Love, Nature, 
Peace, Sunshine, 

Here are some wonderful websites 
and blogs to get you started 
on your first Prayer Flag:

Sunshine by Sheree McKee
of Michigan

Sunshine by Sue Balchak 
of California

February 2016
Sheree McKee
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