Over the past year, I’ve had several discussions with people about my method for making banners or wall hangings.
Let me tell you, it’s not a one step process!
In fact, even though I’ve made quite a few wall hangings by now, I still follow a detailed checklist I made for myself so that I’m less likely to goof up and skip steps along the way.
I like to work with fabric that has special meaning to the recipient, cut the letters and/or images from this fabric by hand, fuse them to a backing I’ve hemmed, and then finish it by using my sewing machine to stitch the edge of each applique piece.
Is there a machine that could create a banner with fewer mistakes and more precision?
Is there a machine that could make a banner in a fraction of the time it takes me?
But, is there a machine that could draw me into deeper connection with both the person I’m creating it for and to the materials in my hands?
The connections of reclaimed fabric, faith meditations, and using my hands to create something new is what draws me to sewing.
So, for now, I’m going to stick with this laborious, slow process for making banners.
Because, in this current season of my life, unearthing meaning in creating and finding unending connections to Christ in sewing mean more to me than efficiency.