Life is starting the transition to the next phase. Every time I think I want to change my “job” I start planning and working in that direction 5-10 years ahead of when I am going to make the change. Now I am looking toward that point when the kids are out of school and I can be more mobile. I fully realize that there is going to be a point where my business takes a back seat to Chip’s business of Hawk Studio so I am starting to work with that transition now.
To start that process we finally went back to the Renaissance Faire this year. (I will write more about it in later blogs.) Funny how once we knew we were going back I was not worried about making our garb or product for the booth – I was worried about getting the banner done.
The way it works is that every day someone from your booth has to carry a banner in a villagers’ parade that precedes the Queen onto the Joust Field. We didn’t have a banner.
For some reason, that was the biggest hurdle to get past to do the Faire in my mind. Should it be leather or fabric, rough edge or Renaissance, how big, what shape, what design. Chip was no help initially. I think he had an idea for it but he wasn’t telling me. I finally decided it had to be made of fabric because I don’t sew (yet) on leather and I was making it so that was that! I wanted it to be readable so we just went with the word Hawk instead of trying to fit Hawk Studio on the top. We used the flying hawk silhouettes to symbolize Chip and his three sons (Vash is the contrary one so I had him flying in the opposite direction of the rest – hah!) but what for the other side.
I could not get anything out of Chip so I was thinking I would do a fabric portrait of him (which was not something I felt confident about) and had purchased everything to do this when he told me that was not what he wanted. Aaaaack!! You can’t leave it up to me and then tell me you hate what I thought of!!! Now what. . . .
Two more days of debate before Chip said he was thinking of something more heraldic – and it hit me that I could just do stripes in his colors – green and brown on a field of yellow/gold for me (well, I WAS the one making it after all and my favorite color is yellow – and I am such a sunny person (HAH!!)) and we had the design.
The execution was not that hard. I did not take pictures while doing it – things were just so rushed at the time that I was not thinking blogging or memorializing any of it – just get it done so we can get to the next project before the Faire opened. However I will tell you that double-sided fusible interfacing with a paper backing was the greatest find of this entire process and is what allowed me to produce the letters and the hawks for the banner and to adhere them with minimal sewing – which mattered because I did not want the stitches to take away from the design.
So here is the final product!!
Chip made the wooden pole to carry it through the Faire. We used a tab/button top so we could adjust it down the road. Because I used a rubber backed upholstery fabric for the base I did not have to sew in button holes – just cut them in.
We left the banner on the side of the booth when it was not in use.
What was interesting is how many folks came up to the booth asking if they could buy the banner. Hmmmm. Maybe a banner booth down the road? It certainly has me thinking. It would push me to be more creative and allow me to work with the fabrics I enjoy working with. It is a back burner idea now but one I am giving some serious contemplation to. I may make a few and list them in the Escape to Evermore Shop on Etsy to see what response they get. I will let you know if I do.
So that is today’s project report.
Onward and Upward. . . . . . . .