Wednesday, March 28, 2012
One of the things I loved to do most in the springtime on a nice windy day was to fly a kite. When I was a child you could buy a paper kite for a dime and a ball of string for a dime. That twenty cents could make for an entertaining day. All you needed was a good brisk breeze which didn't cost anything. There is something so amazing about watching a kite lift into the air with it's beautiful tail swaying in the wind, sailing above the ground tethered to the earth by only one thin line and you acting as the anchor. Letting the string out so it could go higher, pulling it back in to keep it from spinning out of control. Beware of kite eating trees!
A kite can be a simple diamond shape made from paper, two sticks, a tail and a string. That's it. And yet, that simple paper kite can soar with eagles. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to do that? Soaring above the earth on a beautiful spring day, going where the wind would take you in the glorious sunshine, floating in the breeze, letting your mind drift - if only. No, we are the one holding the string on the ground, but that is okay. We can imagine the glory of sailing like that kite.
I wanted to make a spring banner for my mantle, so I bought four "fat quarters" in colors that I liked together. When I sat down to make it, I realized I didn't want pennants, I wanted kites. Nothing is more representational of spring to me than kites. So I made a pattern and cut out kite shapes. They are 6 inches long and 5 inches wide, cut in a diamond shape. Then, I put ModPodge on the front and let it dry, then on the back and let it dry. This gave it some body.
Diamond shaped kites have a tail to keep them stable when flying. The tail is string with fabric or rags tied on it. I didn't want to use string because it would be too limp. I wanted to be able to "shape" the kite and the tale, so I found some 20 gauge wire that I had from Lowe's. Perfect. I cut 12 inch pieces, one for each kite.
After I made 9 kites for the mantle, I placed them on a piece of lavender colored nylon rope that I had and hung the kites on it, spacing them out until I was happy with the look. I hooked the end of the top curly cue through the rope so it wouldn't move, then bent the kites in different directions to make them look like they were flying in the wind.
Now, I want to go buy kites for all our grandsons and take them out to an open field and spend the splendor of a perfect spring day with them flying kites. That would be quite a memory.
Things to Remember:
Imagination is the highest kite one can fly! Lauren Bacall