It's Week 4 of
This week my canvas board base is
10" x 8"
and I used acrylic paints,
charcoal pencil and a book page.
I need to remind myself to be brave
and not always settle for the easy option.
I signed up for Lenna's
Prayer Flag Swap.
I haven't a clue why, because I don't know
one end of a sewing machine from the other
but, you know, maybe I was trying to
Anyway, after a lot of procrastination
I got on with them (which involved a lot
of swearing at the evil sewing machine)
and they went in the post yesterday.
I really hope they reach Lenna in time to
take part in the swap.
I made four -
three for the swap and one for Lenna
who is always so encouraging and helpful.
The flags are all much the same,
just with slightly different edging etc
depending on what I had in my stash.
I used some plain fabric along with an
old school dress of Hope's
(which had got obscenely short -
or have her legs got amazingly long?!).
Using her school dress inspired me to think
about learning about life and what
Nature teaches us, should we care to listen.
I sewed fabric ruler tape
at the top of the flag on the cord 'sleeve'.
I hand stitched,
"Learn from Nature"
on the front and using Staz-on ink
I rubber stamped a bee.
Our poor bee population is really struggling due to,
amongst other factors, the increased use of pesticides.
We need our bees for pollination and our
farmers are really worried for their crops.
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On the back of the flag I machine stitched
fabric tapes, including one which says,
"Thank you teacher".
These flags are very rough and ready
but the idea is that they are strung on a cord
and left outside, and as the elements work
on the flags, the wish or hope is taken off
into the atmosphere.
I didn't think nature would mind
a few loose threads!
I'm looking forward to receiving my swapped flags,
and I'll be making more of my own to go with them.