Worship flags and banners are beautiful ways to express love for God and incorporate the arts in religious services. Most flags are constructed in square or rectangle shapes. While breathtaking to watch, nothing compares to the beauty and fluid movements of angel wing flags. If you love interpretive dance and worship, but have a limited budget, learning to make these flags is ideal way to add a creative touch to your service.
Know your colours. Colors have specific meanings when used in the worship arts. Red represents salvation, orange means passionate praise, and yellow stands for faith. Blue represents the Holy Spirit and green symbolises life. Gold is for being purified and silver honours the Word of God. Black is death, brown the end of a season and white stands for purity and life.
Select a material. The best material for worship flags is tissue lame. It flows lightly and easily. Light satin is another choice. Cotton will work, but it can become heavy over extended periods of use, whereas nylon acetate, for instance, remains feather-light.
Cut the tissue lame into an arc measuring 3 feet high at the top centre and 60 inches wide. Before cutting the straight edge of the arc, divide the arc in half and add an extra inch to one half of the straight side to create a casing for the dowel rod.
Sew a seam along the half that has the extra material so it is even with the other side. Apply a drop of hot glue on the arc end of the pocket after you sew it shut, as wear and tear will weaken the hem. Now hem the rest of the tissue lame in a tight, zigzag stitch.
Insert the dowel rod into the pocket. Sew the open end and seal with hot glue. The pocket dowel rod becomes your handle, but is invisible as you dance or wave your angel wings. Angel wings are the easiest flags to use because of their natural flow and are lovely to watch since they lack the unsightly handles used in other flags. But some people do prefer to use dowel rods with round finials on the end. If using a finial, do not sew the inside pocket seam shut but hot glue it around the dowel rod, leaving the finial exposed.
Things you need
- Tissue lame
- 1/2-inch-by-36 inch dowel rod
- Sewing machine
- Hot glue