Banner & Appliqué workshop

First, the glib answer to the hypothetical question: Why are there banners?

1) Banners use up the scraps of fabric left from making kites!
2) Banners show which way the wind is blowing.
3) Banners can tell us is who is where at a large kite festival.
4) Banners make it look like something is happening, even if nothing is.

Next question, what is appliqué? The short answer is that appliqué is the application of smaller bits of fabric to a large piece of fabric to create a graphic, a picture. Traditionally, in most sewing, the fabric is cut to to meet the need, then sewn to the project. That works fine on bedspreads and drapes. Not so much on kites which need to present a smooth surface to the wind.

Most kite makers, most often, make a sandwich of layers of fabric in the colors they want to use. Then they sew along lines drawn on the REVERSE, the back side, of the Project. They then use a zig-zag stitch to sew along all the lines in the drawing. Then they cut away whatever colors they don't want, front and back.
Above, the white is a panel for a banner. Beneath the white is a panel of yellow and a panel of blue. All three panels along the lines where they will be sewn.

The finished white panel in the finished banner.

Martha Enright made this personal banner at the ConnectiKITER Cellta Workshop.
Many Kite Clubs make Club Banners such that the top and bottom are the Club Colors, and the middle is white, where people can appliqué anything they want.

This was that last version of that concept that ConnectiKITERS made.

Banners made from triangles are easy to make.
When designing a banner, the first consideration is the pole which will be used to fly it. Choose the pole, then design the banner to fit the pole. When a lot of banners were needed to outline a field for Tricks Party Competition, the first design goals were (1) Cheap, (2) light, (3) easy to make. The decision was made to use two 40" pieces of PVC. A 6-foot (72") banner would have plenty of ground clearance on an 80" pole. A 10-foot piece of PVC can be cut in to three 40" pieces.

6-foot banners on 80" poles.
6-foot banners on 80" poles. This is what happens when you come home wet...
We could do this banner above as a 6-foot, personal-size banner. The middle white panel is 30" by 18" and anything can be drawn and appliquéd there.
This is the panel layout for the 6-foot Baby Club Banners. There is a fair amount of sewing involved and there is not much room on the yellow for applique.
One of the things we talked about at the last workshop was doing a simple triangle banner and doing appliqué in the white middle section. The downside of this is there is less room and it can be difficult to center a graphic in a triangular space.
This is a thought I had for individual Club Banners. It is a variation on what some other clubs have done. I dunno that I like the proportions yet, but this gives us plenty of space to appliqué in the middle. I am going to keep playing with it.

1 comment:

  1. I vote for the six-foot tall banner with the 30 X 18 central portion. I don't want to have to do a lot of seaming and hemming at the workshop--I can do that at home. Let's appliqué the center sections at the workshop!