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« Reply #130 on: July 16, 2012 05:45:18 AM »


Is anyone putting things on that weigh the flag down? The Tibetan prayer flags are so thin and light-weight that any light breeze sends them fluttering, and I think that might be part of the point. Every little element added to the flags is going to make them heavier. Are things like buttons, beads, or even quilting too weighty/bulky for the purpose of prayer flags? Discuss.
(Yes, ultimately it's going to be a personal decision, but I'd like to hear opinions about it.)


Oh yes, I'm going heavy with embellishments;  my flags won't be flapping in the wind, that's for sure!

I thought I should say a word about mailing the prayer flags. A DC# is required if you are mailing within the US, so if your flag is thin and light enough to fit in an envelope, you should probably add something (like a crumpled ball of paper) to make it bulky enough to be considered a "package" by the post office.
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« Reply #131 on: July 16, 2012 03:27:08 PM »

Your question about "flapping in the wind" is a timely one, Calluna, as I realized yesterday one of my flags is going to be very un-flappy. I hadn't intended it that way, but on the other hand I didn't give it any thought when I was coming up with my brilliantly strange idea. I'll try for fluttery on the other one and see where that gets me. Cheesy

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« Reply #132 on: July 16, 2012 03:39:30 PM »

Is anyone putting things on that weigh the flag down? The Tibetan prayer flags are so thin and light-weight that any light breeze sends them fluttering, and I think that might be part of the point. Every little element added to the flags is going to make them heavier. Are things like buttons, beads, or even quilting too weighty/bulky for the purpose of prayer flags? Discuss.
(Yes, ultimately it's going to be a personal decision, but I'd like to hear opinions about it.)

I'm making one flag that will probably be heavy, and one that will probably be much lighter- I didn't really think about the flutter element.  To me, the thought and good wishes that are being put into the creation of the flag is more important than anything.  I'm very much just going with what "feels" right to make for each of my partners.  The wind will be able to reach it no matter what anyway, it just might not have much effect.  Wink  (By the way calluna- yours is the one that will probably be lighter, lol!)
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« Reply #133 on: July 16, 2012 04:04:08 PM »

EEEEP.  You guys are stressing me.  I thought I had this whole thing figured out...  make a flappy ephemeral flag to waft wishes on the wind.  Now I'm reading all these comments about heft and weight and I am thinking that I haven't got the hang of it after all.  
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« Reply #134 on: July 16, 2012 04:18:14 PM »

I think mine will be on the heavier side as I planned to paint the fabric or stencil or tie-dye and I am planning to add lots of embellishments also. So mine will not be fluttery.

Also, I think both my partners are hanging their flags inside - as am I - so nonfluttery works!
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« Reply #135 on: July 16, 2012 04:35:20 PM »

EEEEP.  You guys are stressing me.  I thought I had this whole thing figured out...  make a flappy ephemeral flag to waft wishes on the wind.  Now I'm reading all these comments about heft and weight and I am thinking that I haven't got the hang of it after all.  

ROFL...I'm sorry, but I have to laugh.  I was thinking about this too after I posted, like I'm waaaaay overdoing this thing, and I should be doing something wispier, airier.  Not so many layers and embellishments and frivolity (yeah right, like I'll ever stop being frivolous).  I really do believe though that what it comes down to in the end is making something meaningful with love in your heart (wow, I'm sappy).  Whether it floats on the breeze or solidly weathers a hurricane, the feeling you put into it is what really matters.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.  Cool
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« Reply #136 on: July 16, 2012 04:38:55 PM »

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I really do believe though that what it comes down to in the end is making something meaningful with love in your heart (wow, I'm sappy).  Whether it floats on the breeze or solidly weathers a hurricane, the feeling you put into it is what really matters.

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« Reply #137 on: July 16, 2012 08:16:21 PM »

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« Reply #138 on: July 16, 2012 08:35:54 PM »

I too tend to over-think things but for some reason I'm letting all that go out the window and going with my gut!

I took my 95% done first flag to knit nite tonight and boy did I get some awesome feedback!
It's kind of hitting a soft spot for me as most of the fabric is from my little boy's outgrown clothes.
EXTRA GOOD VIBES in this flag!

I can't wait to start flag #2 hopefully on Wed. That new technique may turn into a whole crafter noon with the kids doing their own little flags.
We'll see how ambitious I get...
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« Reply #139 on: July 17, 2012 05:31:22 AM »

I'm realising now that I have way too many ideas for these. It's a good job my partners and I have similar tastes because I can see me being able to string up a mile of these by the time I'm done!
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