Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Late winter, Part 2. Sewing group project: Tibetan prayer flag.
Kathy's oldest daughter graduates college this spring. So, she presented an idea to the sewing group for each person to make a modified Tibetan prayer flag for Annie. She plans to put them together in a garland for her graduation. Annie is a fantastic girl. A true leader for good. Always rises to the top of any situation. I wanted something to represent her strength. So, I started a Pinterest board with ideas from the Internet and there was one flag titled "Luminous" and was a beautiful embroidered piece with a moon and layers of fabric. Gorgeous. I would link to it here but I can't seem to find the exact picture. Apologies.
The piece is knit, naturally. 1 strand of thin Merino wool in ivory run together with 1 thread of metallic silver and 1 thread of matte silver. Size 4 needles. The pattern is just simple lace faggoting -- Row 1: K2tog, YO, repeat. Row 2 and 4: Purl. Row 3: YO, K2tog, repeat. Edge stitches are consistent K and P. You're actually seeing the knitting at a 90 degree angle to the direction it was knit. At the end, I dropped the first 8-10 stitches and then bound off the rest. Unraveling the dropped stitches creates the hanging looped fringe. I also strung a crystal bead at the start of every right side row so each loop of fringe has a small bead on it. Hard to see unless you look closely.
The whole piece is mounted on some interfaced silk that Kathy provided to help define the color scheme. I chose a neutral green, of course.
All in all, I'm happy with the result. I told Kathy to feel free to trim the fringe or remove the "you" and "girl" to just have the single word "Glow" on the piece. Whatever she wants. Annie definitely glows. I'm excited to see what happens in the next chapter of her life.