Adding a quick update (4/5/17) – we now offer reinforced dowel wings/flags – so if you happen on this page, head over there for the most current information 😉
Since all the videos I posted of Amanda with the wings (here’s one in case you missed it), there’s been lots of interest in the wings and so I thought some further information might be helpful 🙂
What sizes can I get wings in?
- 35×84 rectangular
- 45×108 semicircle
- Altered semicircle wing (approx 35×72)
- …and any other size, a wing is just a scarf with a pocket sewn halfway up one side
What weight fabric is it?
For any of the ones mentioned above, they’re available in both 5mm and 8mm China Silk (the 35×84 in 8mm is special order).
More on Dowels (the sticks inside the wings)
The 35×84 and altered semicircle wing both take a 36″ dowel (you can select whichever diameter that suits you). These are available at craft stores typically for around $1-$2.
The full sized 45×108 semicircle wing accommodates a 48″ dowel (I find these at Home Depot at a similar price). Recently the Lord gave me an “ah ha” and had me try the 36″ dowel in a full-sized wing (since the 48″ can be intimidating and difficult to work with especially if you’re short). I’ve posted a video at the bottom – I think it looks wonderful – it just creates a longer tail.
I STRONGLY suggest sanding the dowel enough that the sides are smooth and the top and bottom are slightly rounded, not doing so can create snags or pierce holes through your silk (especially the 5mm which is a delicate fabric).
If you are crafty, you may prefer to add a small ball at the tip to protect the top of your wing and a larger ball at the end for you to grab onto.
I do not sell dowels because they break VERY easily in transit and I would end up having to charge way more in shipping to try to prevent it and so since they’re so readily available… hopefully you won’t mind a trip to the store 😉
More about Seams
Let me begin by emphasizing that I am NOT a professional seamstress! I offer sewing services because there are some people who are not able or do not wish to sew their own seam. So I offer the service and sew with a silk thread that dyes to a perfect match (thus masking my imperfect stitching!). If you are a proficient seamstress or know someone who is I encourage you and will not remotely be insulted if you let them sew it for you or sew it yourself.
The altered wings were created because people liked the semicircle shape but wanted to use a 36″ dowel and/or wanted a smaller shape. The drawback of the altered wing is that by adding the seam to the center you weaken the fabric, which mostly becomes problematic where the end of the dowel hits it. Expect that over time it will wear. Mine has but frankly since it’s under my hand, I don’t particularly care, but I did want to warn you!
If you sew, you might consider putting a lining inside the pocket for dowel. This will help with the longevity of your worship tool. The simple seams I offer are function and will last if treated with care, but there are sturdier ways to create the pocket. More info on wing seam options.
Other Maintenance Tips
If you hit the tip of your wing (where the end of the dowel is) against a rough surface, it can cause tears in the fabric. So for example, if you’re using your wing outside on concrete and give it a good whack on the ground, you are likely to end up with a small hole. Again, this won’t be visible while it’s in use, but I wanted to warn you 🙂
Expect that the spot where your hand is gripping will wear over time – again this won’t be visible while in use, but you’ll notice when you look closely.
To help minimize wrinkles, I roll my wings around the dowel by folding them in half (so the tail is at the tip) and then rolling. This may cause some extra wear at the hand-grip spot at well since that’s where the fold is; it’s how I keep mine and I’d found the impact to be minimal in my opinion 🙂
If you have more questions or suggestions – post them in the comments and if a response is needed I’ll post a response comment back!
A couple other how-tos on wings that may be helpful: