Saturday, June 14, 2014
I will hang the Prayer Flag
While I was spending time in Idaho, when I was not watching the birds, or watching the garden change daily and cutting flowers, I did some stitching. I sat by a window in the sun room where the light was natural and with the window open, I could hear the fountain in the pond, and the birds chirping. I free form stitched a few things. I practiced my French knots on a small banner, and I did this prayer flag, in honor of my Father. I used denim from an old pair of my husbands jeans, and bits that I had cut from a few of my Dads' well worn western shirts. On the back is a blue plaid panel from a different shirt than the piece on the front. The buttons are from an old vest that his sister had made him, and the deer was embroidered on the vest. I cut around it and attached it to the flag. The other fabrics are recycled as well. As I stitched, I thought about long ago memories of my Dad and how well he took care of me and my siblings, how hard he worked, how his sense of humor kept everyone who knew him smiling. It was very meditative, sometimes emotional, but it was healing for me. On the 19th, it will have been 5 months since his passing. I've been avoiding thinking about Fathers Day this year. However, tomorrow, I will find a suitable place to hang this flag outside where we can see it every day.