Creating Mantles of Prayer

scarf4blogThis week we had a special ministry opportunity here in Nashville. We were invited to come to The Upper Room/GBOD and help make silk scarves — mantles of prayer — that will be given to each delegate and leader of the upcoming General Conference of The United Methodist Church. (The General Conference will take place in Tampa, Florida from April 24 – May 4, 2012.)

The process involved untreated silk scarves, three colors of water-soluble dye, salt, coated freezer paper, irons, loving hands, and prayerful hearts. Here’s a link to more photos of the process.

If you’d like to help make Mantles of Prayer for the General Conference, download these two PDFs of instructions:

You are invited to join together in 50 Days of Prayer for the upcoming General Conference. Sign up for a daily prayer email (starting March 16 and continuing through the end of General Conference). Or download a PDF of the booklet with the daily meditations. You can also purchase printed copies of the prayer booklet for yourself or congregation.

5 thoughts on “Creating Mantles of Prayer”

  1. I saw the directions for diluting the rubbing alcohol, but didn’t find any instructions for what to do with it to make the scarves.

    I love the scarves and the colors that were chosen. THis looks like fun!

  2. Thanks, everyone!!

    Kathy — the alcohol is used as a resist — the color flows away from the alcohol (or fabric softener) and makes the fabric white there. You can spray it on before or after you paint and it makes a variation in the color. Very cool.

    Susan — thanks!!

    Kate — it was very fun. Thanks!


  3. Beth- Can you tell me the name of the dye? My Emmaus reunion group would like to make some for a walk. These would be great agape

    Thank you

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