I last wrote about finding a crafting coach for my garden flags and trying natural dyes from vegetables for my DYI flags. I confessed that next, I’d be trying artificial dyes (the ubiquitous Rit) because they’re easier, cheaper and much longer-lasting.
I learned how to use them by watching Rit-dye videos – not on Rit’s own site (why not?) but the excellent ones by the Online Fabric Store.
After cutting and dyeing 67 flag-shaped pieces of muslin, I decorated them with stencils.
Above, two birch-tree-foliage stencils, a paper-plate palette and acrylic craft paints. I’ve stenciled before using a foam roller but couldn’t find mine, so switched to a regular paint brush and it worked fine. These things are pretty foolproof.
I also already owned a few bird stencils, but I bought the fern stencils above, in two sizes, for this project – what I’m calling prayerless garden flags.
Now for the big reveal – flags-to-be in my favorite colors, with birds, leaves, and even some birch-tree catkins.
Or even better, a gratuitous extra photo with the very handsome Harry.
Next, my crafting coach showed me how she would sew the flags (with one fold-over, no hems) and I managed to get my 1950s-era Singer working long enough to do the job. After it’s warmed up a bit I’ll have them hung in my front garden where they’ll block my view of a parking lot.
Meanwhile indoors, I’ll next try some totally different techniques to create prayer flags for the back garden. Post to follow.
Does stenciling plants indoors count as a garden project?
In late January, you bet it does! So I’m showing you two stenciling projects from four years ago when I first moved into this house.
On the left, Japanese maple stencil over my bed. (Stencils won’t fall on me while I’m sleeping and kill me – an important quality in bedroom decorating.) This one mixes nicely with shadows from a real Japanese maple outside my bedroom window.
On the right is the aforementioned birch-tree stencil, which came with an assortment of birds, leaves and catkins and now decorates one wall in my living room.
I thank a now-forgotten gardener who stenciled a whole wall with the birch tree from Cutting Edge Stencils and posted a photo on Facebook for this idea. I have no freehand painting skills but found stencils to be unbelievably easy, requiring absolutely no talent and very little care.