bunting galore

a birthday message for Jo

a birthday message for Jo

I’ve had about 3 bunting commissions this week, I’ve finished bunting for a christmas present (yes, I apologise for mentioning that word while the sun is still shining), I’ve finished my own bunting for my work room and took a bunting commission at Harringey Market today.

I love bunting and think it brightens up any event (even if the weather is a bit iffy) but it always surprises me how popular it proves.

baby bunting off to Dublin

baby bunting off to Dublin

The bespoke bunting is especially popular and I get most of my commissions for it from people who want is as a special gift for someone. It is completely personalised but isn’t terribly expensive and will be used once, all the time or kept as a keepsake.

wedding bunting off to brazil

wedding bunting off to brazil

I do them for all kinds of events at the moment; new babies, weddings, naming ceremonies and birthdays for young and old. Babies are by far the most popular.

flag details

flag details

They also seem to travel.  1 string of bunting I made is now on Australia, another in new zealand, about 6 strings are in Ireland (with another on it’s way as we speak) and 1 string might end up in Brazil (but it will have travelled all around the world getting there).

This weeks bunting makes were for a baby, a birthday, a wedding and Lucy’s christmas present to go with a cushion I made for her some time ago.

And tonight I will start another birthday bunting for a little girl called Anna who I met today and who was very helpful choosing the patterns, design and colours she wanted. I do love a clear brief!

I love the colours

I love the colours

The birthday bunting was one of the longest I have ever made with a staggering 24 flags and it needed to have some flexibility to it in case it was to be used after the event and words, numbers or just odd letters needed taking out.

I suppose it becomes scrabble bunting and you can make up whatever works you like with the letters that you have.

pastels and primaries

pastels and primaries

My very creative and clever friend V had recently suggested that I try some way of achieving this so that I can do a load of flags and then people can pick and mix to make up their own bunting right there and then. I put my thoughts for that into play for the birthday bunting and I think I can do it.

B is for baby

B is for baby

Basically each flag is finished off with bias and is threaded on to coloured woven tape. You need no more than a safety pin and some patience to make up any word you like with your letters!

the birthday bunting is off to the party on Friday so we’ll see how it goes down, eh?

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8 thoughts on “bunting galore

  1. These look so lovely! I just had a thought, could you make each triangle with a popper or hook & eye on, for the mix n’ matchers? Would be more time consuming, so would cost a bit more, but could be quite cool.
    It’s so good to hear you’re getting so many commissions!

    • I’ve thought about press studs and hooks and even velcro but if i refine the the bias along the top (and even do it in the same colour depending on what is needed), I think I can make this work. The hunt is on for the loveliest cord to put it onto now as I don’t think the tape is fine enough.

      I know, the commissions are really exciting, thanks. I love being given a ‘job’ and just being able to get on with it.

      It’s hard being creative and designing things sometimes as there are too many choices. Open ended briefs are worse than tight ones (ooh, that sounds a bit strange!! LOL).

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