2013 Flag, with Embelishment

posted by Sandie
Tue, Jun 11 2013


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I LOVE of the American Flag.  And I LOVED the idea from 'HoopSisters' of embroidering the 'Pledge of Allegiance' on the stripes - but I wanted a flag with more of a 'curved' angle (than my 2012 Flag I posted last year).

So I used the 'Simple Curves' Ruler from 'Phillips Fiber Art' to make my basic flag.  Then I used a 'pre-designed' Star from my Embroidery library - but worked with it until I got it how I wanted it (would hold up to free-standing) - then copied it 25 times to sew out on Heavy Duty (double layered) Water Solvy in a 200 x 200mm hoop. (each hooping took 3 hours to sew out: total 6 hrs to sew out the Stars.)

 I Have made many flags before - BUT this one is a 'Keeper'.  And I am NOT done yet!  :-)   I am making one more, even Better - and that one will be going to my oldest son, who served 29 years in the US Marine Corp, and is currently doing his same job for the Military, but as a Civilian.

 The 'Secret' to this guilt is to 'have patience' - as a Seam Ripper was 'joined at my hip' during this process.  But I LOVED what I was making and therefore didn't mind all the re-doing.  ie. had 36 stars in place before I realized that I had too many rows - and had to remove 26 that were previously sewn down.  Also once I had all 50 sewn down, there were a few that I moved over just a bit.     And for the stripes - there were 32 seams that I wanted lined up PERFECTLY so there were quite a few 'rip outs' there.  What I FINALLY did was to loosely sew at each connecting seam, check it out, rip out if need be, re-sew until I got it right, then sewed the whole seam.        LOTS and LOTS of FUN to make - and SOOOO worthwhile.   :-)

Comments

Judy T-Bellingham wrote re: 2013 Flag, with Embelishment
on Tue, Jun 11 2013 10:09 AM

WOW.

Dawn wrote re: 2013 Flag, with Embelishment
on Tue, Jun 11 2013 12:52 PM

awesome!

Crimson0326 wrote re: 2013 Flag, with Embelishment
on Tue, Jun 11 2013 1:22 PM

Beautiful! Wonderful job!

Joan L. wrote re: 2013 Flag, with Embelishment
on Tue, Jun 11 2013 4:36 PM

worth all the effort and love.

Patti wrote re: 2013 Flag, with Embelishment
on Tue, Jun 11 2013 7:12 PM

I am very, very impressed.  

Karen wrote re: 2013 Flag, with Embelishment
on Wed, Jun 12 2013 11:31 PM

Beautiful !   I want one :)

Donna B wrote re: 2013 Flag, with Embelishment
on Thu, Jun 13 2013 10:53 AM

Amazing...a true work of art!

Sewfine14 wrote re: 2013 Flag, with Embelishment
on Wed, Jun 19 2013 10:05 AM

Beautiful and well worth it.

Mary Coombe wrote re: 2013 Flag, with Embelishment
on Mon, Jul 1 2013 7:48 PM

Great job.  You can see the love you put into it.

Quiltless wrote re: 2013 Flag, with Embelishment
on Tue, Jul 2 2013 8:00 PM

Beautiful flag.  I really love that you used this language.  I am all kinds of red, white and blue.  

Just for the curious though, the words, "under God" were not added to the American Pledge of Allegiance until the McCarthy Red Scare of the 1950s.  It used to be said, "[A]nd to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

See this clip of students saying the pledge in the 1940s

www.youtube.com/watch

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