Friday, July 23, 2010

Bunting Flag Birthday Project

 

 

 

 


My friend, Angela's daughter...

...will become a teenager this Fall, and she's asked for some help with a project.

She wants to have a minimum of 60 bunting flags...

...to hang for a birthday celebration.

I can appreciate the enormity of the tasks she's laid before herself...

...as I was a rather zealous mother, myself, when I was younger. Grin.

She's smarter than I was about asking for (and accepting) help, though...

...the result being a greater diversity in bunting flags, plus new connections forged with others.

I consider thirteen to be a truly magical age...

...the portal to womanhood...

...and often the last year for birthday wishlists which include both makeup and toys!

Since I have four daughters of my own, and remember the joy of this milestone birthday for each of them...

...I wanted to help Angela make this one special for her daughter, as well.

I made the pink flag first...

...with handmade batts made of white wool roving and sparkly pink Angelina fiber.

Since she has a specific size requirement in mind for each flag...

...my felting endpoint became when my flag was just the right size.

She especially requested bling...

...so I glued on sparkly pink crystals when the flag was dry.

The purple batt used for the second flag...

...was made with grape-colored wool and white and acid-green Angelina fibers.

I added bamboo noils and small bits of multi-colored pre-felt...

...for extra color and texture.

For some reason, this one came out a bit oversized...

...and needed to be trimmed a little when it was dry (using the pink one for a size reference).

It was fun to take myself out of the equation and focus on someone else's vision for a change...

...and what a great idea for a future project of my own some day.

I'm sure she'd welcome more bunting flags...

...so if you'd like to try one (or more), please click on "Angela" in the top line of this post for a link to her blog.








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7 comments:

Karen Turner said...

What a thoughtful project for a milestone birthday. Thanks for your visit to my blog and for your very kind words.

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Hello Heather, Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving the comment, together with the link to Eva's smocked jewellery, which as you say, truly IS one of the 7 wonders of the world (and not a 'frill' in sight!)
I've really enjoyed looking round your blog too. Felting is something I've never tried and I love what you do with it - the colour combinations and your experimentation. Absolutely beautiful.
Janice.

Heather said...

Karen: You're very welcome! Thanks for visiting me as well!

Janice: I'm so glad you liked Eva's work. Thanks for your sweet comments and for visiting.

Angela said...

What a lovely new friend you are Heather. I'm really looking forward to my daughter's thirteenth birthday. When I asked for help with the flags I never expected such generous replies and I am so glad I did ask. Every time the bunting is used we'll remember our new friends across the world. If you decide to do this or any other large project count me in!

sylviesgarden said...

Hello there, thank you for the lovely comment on my blog.
Your bunting is great! I tried felting once and it wasn't such a great result. Your creations are fab, so unique.
Hope you have a good weekend.
x

Heather said...

Angela-You are VERY welcome!

Sylvie-I'm so glad you came to visit. I try to post a lot of process photos, so maybe you'll give felting another try sometime?
E-mail me if you need help or have specific questions!

Vilt à la Kim said...

I also make 2 buntings if I got the time:)
I agree she is brave enoug to ask help.... How can men say no?