I am very excited as I have finished the prayer flags for the Global Piecers' swap. The sun came out this afternoon and I was able to hang them in the garden before packaging them up and sending them flying off around the world. I've used one of the photos as my new header! I know I promised to share my progress with these pieces but I have been so inspired by them (and the weather has been so wet) that I have been sewing almost continuously since I started.
I'm obviously not going to say which flag is going to which lovely lady but they can have fun guessing. Written on each flag are words summarising my prayers for each person. Here's a close-up of one of the flags:
Slow stitching! As I said above I have been stitching by hand, hour after hour, day after day. These flags hold my prayers, in some cases my tears but I hope I avoided adding my blood. My fingers are severely punctured. I wish I could get on with a thimble but I can't and some of the fabrics, especially the batiks and the kimono silk felt as if I was sewing through concrete. At one point the fat end of a sashiko needle, complete with perle thread, was embedded in my middle finger! I got through seven needles. I don't mind a bit.
I hope the ladies like their prayer flags, I have loved making them and I must add a big thank you to Angela Daymond. It was during her slow stitch workshop a couple of weeks ago that I realised what we were doing with her was perfect for making the prayer flags, thanks Angela. I'm now looking forward to receiving my prayer flags from around the world and hanging them in my garden, more photos will follow, and have just heard that one lady is planning to string her flags under her avocado tree!! Wow, I'd love an avocado tree! I do recall growing a stone, supported over water by cocktail sticks, many years ago. It did shoot, grew about three inches and then died. Maybe it's time to try again.