I have been inspired by a good friend of mine, and one amazing spiritual sister, Tyrene Hickman https://www.instagram.com/p/Brt3miAglXs/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1a2lznzldegtd to come up with a word for next year.
I pulled cards from four different oracle and tarot decks for guidance as to my own word for 2019.
After some reading of the meanings behind the cards and some meditation on the right word for me, it became apparent my word for 2019 is “GROWTH”. Other words associated with the cards were abundance, nurturing, instincts, inspiration and protection.
So, also inspired by Tyrene, I decided to create a prayer flag for next year, around my word and goal of “growth”.
I began with a green gingham placemat as my base for my flag. I’ve had it for a long time, it came from a relative and has been in my fabric stash for years.
I gathered some other fabric from my stash in colours I associated with growth.
I wanted to create a patchwork effect on my flag, so I cut some cardboard pieces to fit.
Then I cut pieces from my collection of fabric to fit the pieces, as I do for patchwork.
once I’d sewn my pieces together….
I needed to sew them to the flag. It was important to me to hand sew all of the elements of my flag, so my hopes, thoughts and prayers were immersed in the creation of my flag.
I also wanted to sew some leaves to the flag, using embroidery thread and chunky stitches.
Once the leaves were sewn, I needed stems for my leaves to grow from. Wool, sewn down with embroidery thread fits the bill.
Some additional embroidery embellishments and some tassels added further details.
Using bright yellow embroidery thread, I seed the flag to the hanging stick (a piece of eucalyptus), and then I used puff paint to write my word on the flag.
With a plaited wool thread to hang from, my flag is done! I’ve hung it in my living room, where I can see it every day.