BE A PART OF THE LOVE!
MAKE A FLAG Making prayer flags is fun and simple. As the Dalai Lama’s message of loving kindness transcends all religion, so do prayer flags. Your flag may embody your religious prayer through symbols and words or it may be a creative expression of the love in your heart. Let your work be like a prayer. Fill each stitch or mark you make with the wishes in your heart: peace, joy, contentment, compassion, healing, abundance, wisdom, etc. The flags will be hung at sacred civil rights sites in Birmingham as well as the stadium where the Dalai Lama will speak. Your prayers will fly on the wind to honor and celebrate this momentous occasion.
Make one or many! You can even host a party or event in your community. Invite your friends and all the generations of your family to a prayer flag party. Kids are welcome! Children’s handprints, drawings and writings make special, colorful expressions on brightly colored cloth. Children can learn about peace, prayer, the Dalai Lama's message through the process.
MATERIALS You can sew, quilt, knit, paint, embellish, bead, embroider, draw, needle-point, duct tape, tie-dye, weave, crochet, collage, batik, type, stamp, silkscreen, etc! Use fabric markers, fabric paints, anything you want to Celebrate Your Inner Artist!™ (Just be careful that your flag isn't too heavy.) FUN IDEA: Upcycle a piece of meaningful cloth or fabric from your family–a hankerchief, a favorite t-shirt, a special textile of any kind.
SIZE Your finished flag should measure 8 inches by 9.5 inches (20 x 24 centimeters). We will sew the flags together along the top of the 8” edge. The edges of your panel may be raw or hemmed. (OPTION: If you are hosting a workshop for many people, and you have access to a sewing machine, we'd like you to sew all of your collected flags onto a 1/2" piece of twill tape or bias tape using a zigzag stitch and leaving less than 1" of space between each flag. But if not, we'll do it!)
COLORS Traditionally, Tibetan prayer flags utilize five sacred colors: blue, white, red, green, and yellow, but the sky’s the limit! Use any colors you want!
Please send your flag along with your name, age, country and email address to us by August 30th, 2014 at:
Submissions are no longer being accepted as the event is over.
Please contact us via email if you have questions.