Fiber Art for a Cause: Prayer Flags

I’ve been thinking a lot about prayer flags the last few days. I’ve been contemplating the way they can be so many things for the people who make them and they can mean so much to the people who see them.

Yes, making prayer flags can be a great way to try out new fabric art techniques, but they can be so much more than that if we let them. They can be therapeutic for those of us who make them. They can build strength, release tension, and create connections. They can inspire, encourage, and even envelope us with a sense of community.

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Lisa Chin creates inspirational fiber art banners with sun shibori, transparent paint, and stencils.

Here are a few blog posts to get you inspired to create the next opportunity you have to print, paint, or embellish prayer flags:

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Vivika Hansen DeNegre uses stencils, stitching, and embellishment techniques to create the flag pictured here.

Discover the history of prayer flags as a form of Fiber Art Written on the Wind. Learn what a prayer flag is along with its historical roots in Tibet. You’ll also get background information on the Prayer Flag Project, which was started in 2011 by Vivika Hansen DeNegre and a group of fiber artist who created prayer flags as a “living, breathing, kinetic journal.” For more information about prayer flags and the Prayer Flag Project read the full blog.

If you’re not sure where to start on your prayer flag journey, begin with a tutorial on How to Make Your Own Prayer Flags. There is no right or wrong way to make your flags because they can be any size or shape you desire. If you want to learn how Vivika, founder of the Prayer Flag Project, makes her flags read the blog here.

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After sewing a line of blanket stitch across the flags Faye crochets into the stitches and between the flags.
(Flags and image by Faye Cook.)

Not sure how to link your flags together? Learn how to String Prayer Flags Together with Crochet. This method is a great way to integrate vintage linens and yarns from your stash that have embroidery or trim on them. To read Faye Cook’s full tutorial, check out the blog here.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve made hundreds of prayer flags or none; whether you spend one hour or many to make them; if you paint on fabric, block print on fabric, or stitch on fabric; give prayer flags a try and see what they bring into your life. I’d love to see what you make so I invite you to share your prayer flags on our social media, as a comment to this post, or in the free member galleries on the website.

Happy creating,

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2 thoughts on “Fiber Art for a Cause: Prayer Flags

  1. Thank you Brenna for this blog about prayer flags. A few years ago I read an article about prayer flags in Quilting Arts Magazine by Vivika Le Generes.Since then I have been inspired to create prayer flags for friends facing surgery or moving to far off places. Recently I made a series of prayer flags for my churche’s Peace Garden concerning social justice issues. The creating of them intensified my desire to see change in the world. Is there any way prayer flags about social justice issues can be exchanged? The connection to other fiber crafters about theses issues would be powerful.

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