Prayer Flags Flying High (and mini tutorial)

I thought for sure that I had posted about making prayer flags but not so!  Prayer flags have a long tradition and they can be seen in many different configurations.   There is no right or wrong way.  There is a blog devoted to Prayer Flags at :  ThePrayerFlagProject.blogspot.com      There you will find tutorials and many examples of how various artists have interpreted and created their own Prayer Flags.  (mine are posted in March this year 2015)

I had thought about making and hanging some flags for well over a year and was waiting to be inspired it seems 🙂   A few months ago I was walking down the aisle of a local craft shop and found a package of burlap banner shaped pieces in the clearance section.  The first thing that I thought of was that they would be perfect for Prayer Flags.  And if I messed up, then the investment was minimal.

There were four of these burlap shapes in front of me looking like this:

burlap for flagseach measured 5 1/2 ” by 7 1/2 “

The first thing that I did before anything else was to stay stitch inside all the edges of all the flags to minimize fraying.  Burlap frays. I didn’t mind that,  It enhanced the rustic look that I was trying to achieve.  But I did want to contain the amount.    I used black thread and a zig zag stitch and stitched each flag on every side about 1/4 inch in from the edge.IMG_3498

        I figured there was no hiding of the stay stitching so I incorporated it into the overall design

You are goiing to need to attach a narrow muslin muslin hanging sleeve attachedsleeve to the top.  Do that now by machine UNLESS you are going to use that top space for your hand stitching later.  In which case you will attach the sleeve as the last step with each flag.

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Gather your fabrics and threads and design your flags.  I used muslin for the inspirational words, and a variety of fabrics: cheesecloth, bits of organza, felt, burlap.  Use whatever your design calls for!

hope_loveI also added a few beads, some ribbon and buttons and hand stitched with embroidery cotton of various sizes.      

The final step was to string the four finished flags together by running a length of hemp through the sleeves.

Details of the Four Flags Belowdetail_hope

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Sneak Peek – Latest Earring Creations for Fall (and late summer too)

Hi y’all!  On this 108 degree day in the Southland in a week that has seen a murderous 113 (and more they say), my thoughts are turning to Autumn.  And in addition to promises of cooler breezes I visualized the beautiful color scape that Nature brings to us in the fall.

I took some time out from stitching to design some new earrings and just started listing them on Etsy.  So you get to see most of them before everybody else!

Breakfast in Santa Fe

Breakfast in Santa Fe  $12.00

Lunch Date in Taos

Lunch Date in Taos  $12.00

Bronze Melody

Bronze Melody

 

Copper Melody

Copper Melody  $12.00

Fall Classic

Fall Classic  $14.00

I Heart Autumn

I Heart Autumn  $14.00

Mystic Morn

Mystic Morn  $ 14.00

Citrine Swings

Citrine Swings  $14.00

Rose Quartz Romance

Rose Quartz Romance  $14.00

Butterscotch With a Kick

Butterscotch With a Kick  $ 12.00

Red Polka Dot Flirt

Red Polka Dot Flirt  $10.00

Amber Dreams

Amber Glow  $ 10.00

Butterfly Blues

Butterfly Blues  $ 8.00

These are all available for purchase in my Etsy shop:  http://honeyquilts.etsy.com

 

Monday is try something new day – in this case a soldering iron

Heya blogees, I’m about to open the package and get out my new soldering iron.  These here are just a bit of delaying tactics in case you didn’t realize.  I’ve never used one of these contraptions but have been busily scouring the google and the youtube 🙂  to do my research.

All that I want to do is to solder a few jump rings.  I usually don’t have a problem getting them to stay put (and the earring or whatever to stay together) but every once in awhile there’s a wayward badass among ’em.

So, wish me luck and I’ll let you know how my experiments worked (or not as the case may be, lol)

Have a wonderful week y’all!

Guila

Back to Beads

We just got back from a few days in San Francisco and I’m loving being back in the “studio”.  Most of all I love playing with fabric, fibers, paint and so on but for the past couple of days I’ve turned my attention to BEADS!!!  My inventory of hand crafted earrings needs replenishing (yes!) and I’m just in the mood to design away!   I made about a dozen over the last couple of evenings and as soon as I’ve finished taking all the pictures I’ll have them posted on Etsy and now on Bonanza too (I’ll post the link as soon as the inventory is in place.)

In the meantime here’s a preview for you.  Let me know if anything in particular strikes your fancy.

Festive Red Bracelet Added to Etsy

Remember to use your 20% off coupon on any item until the end of December/2011. No additional charge for shipping within the U.S. until end of December.

http://honeyquilts.etsy.com

When checking out enter coupon code:    20HOL2011      enter exactly as shown

This beautiful bracelet measures 7″ from bead to bead.  Add about 1/2 inch for the sterling silver toggle closure.

The list price (before coupon discount) is $29.00.

New items Added to My Artfire and Etsy Shops

There are convenient kiosks right on my facebook business page:  Creations By Honey

This means that you don’t have to leave facebook to shop.

Here are some recent additions:

20% Off Coupon for my Facebook Friends on My Shopping Sites + Free Shipping

Visit Honeyquilts’ Studio
SAVE 20% Off All Items
Use Coupon Code:
20HOL2011
during checkout.
While shopping at Artfire you can add items to your Amazon wish list!!

SPECIAL COUPON FOR ETSY – 20% OFF ITEM PRICE – AT CHECKOUT ENTER THE FOLLOWING CODE:  20HOL2011 AND YOUR DISCOUNT SAVINGS WILL BE APPLIED.

http://honeyquilts.etsy.com/

 

June Haiku Art: Waterfalls

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My theme for this month seems to be “change” – new directions, new resolve, fresh ideas.

I first thought that I would have to take a pass on the June Haiku project – so much else going on this month. But when presented with the prompt word:  Waterways – I knew that I’d have to do something.  The Haiku came pretty easily.  Having grown up on the Great Lakes and steeped in the history and lore of the St. Lawrence Seaway I immediately thought of Niagara Falls.  And a more recent Falls discovery – Minnehaha Falls.

Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis, MN

I am currently working on a couple of water related quilt art projects and did not want to start another one right now.  So I turned to another art form and designed and made Waterfall earrings.  Our Haiku Art project can be in whatever form we wish.  
Waterfalls    the Haiku

cascading splendor
mists rising torrents swirling
mighty falls thunder
and the Art
Waterfalls

Swarovski Crystals and Sterling Silver