flags have size designations, with "size 0" usually
meaning a 12x15" rectangle. To our way of thinking, this may
be great for a big boat, but it's a bit too large for home decorations.
We've also found that many signal flag alphabet sets are sold
as single, stuck-together strands. Our flags
are sold separately, each one being individually machine-stitched fabric!
has its own casing
(or "heading"), and is designed to slide over a rope, a curtain
rod, or the rungs of our unique hanging
ladders, depending on what you order. Our flags are one-sided, with a white back and are not designed to hang outside from a halyard.
Your Message in Maritime Code Flags
The above banner spells "YOUR MESSAGE"
flags, and it's just over 5 feet long from loop to loop. We include a
complimentary length of rope with each horizontal banner, but you can
easily replace it. For example, say you're having a reunion
you want to hang the family's name banner between two trees 40
apart. No problem! The casings are wide enough to slide over typical
clothesline or other 1/4" rope. Each flag has it's English letter
printed on the back, so you can keep them in order.
you can see (click to enlarge the image on the left), the knots between
flag are simple overhand knots, and you either can untie them, or slip
the flags over the knots to take them off the rope. The loops on each
end are "bowline" knots, easily untied. All this makes it easy to slide
the flags onto a longer
piece of rope that will reach as far as
Spell Names &
You'll also notice that the "YOUR MESSAGE" banner
above is two words
between them. Flags in single words are separated by a small knot.
are separated by about 5" of rope. If you'd like, we also can divide a
multi-word message into separate banners, putting each word on its own
rope. An example of this might be a "Welcome Home" banner, with
"Welcome" being on one piece of rope, and "Home" being on another. It's
completely up to you, just email us or use the Special Instructions
our order form to let us know your preference. The rope comes with the
banner at no extra charge.
Rope or Curtain Rod?
Signal flags make a
great addition to a nautical bedroom, and there's that "secret message"
aspect that's so much fun. We get a lot of orders for
nurseries and children's bedroom banners,
what with the colors being so bright and basic. One of the natural
effects of gravity on a rope banner, is that a length of rope tends
to sag in the middle. An alternate option is to use a thin, café rod.
Our valance flags have a wider 1-5/16" casing, designed to be
slipped over a standard curtain rod. But in this instance, you can use
the 1" casing used for rope banners, and slide the flags over the
thinner curtain rod or a dowel instead. You don't have to have actual
curtains or even a window, to hang these
from a mounted rod. Just put the rod right onto the wall.
It's up to
you and what you'd like to see. If you
want to use the flags with a café rod or other decorative rod, just
let us know. Depending on its diameter, you can order
1-inch casing (horizontal flags), or the 1-5/16" casing (window
Any type of hooks work with a rope
banner, since the flags weigh so little. You can use screw-in hooks,
stick-on removable 3M hooks, or some small nails. Here are two examples
of the same banner ("LON") where you can see the difference in the top
the slight dip in the
middle of the rope banner to the left. This works nicely for a sort of
celebration feel. On the other hand, if you want a more straight-edge
look, the image on the right shows the same flags with a thin sash
translator page to experiment with your own message.
Click here for information on How
Valances • Vertical