Hello! I spent this past weekend in northern Wisconsin where I had no phone signal and limited access to internet. I meant to write a Findings post for last Friday, but I forgot to write the post Thursday night and then there was no opportunity to do it later. Whoops! So, expect LOTS of links later this week as I make up for lost time.
My local needlework guild has a summer challenge project each year, and this year we chose a patriotic theme because of the upcoming election. (Don’t worry–I will never talk politics on this blog!) Our finished projects don’t have to be specifically American patriotic-themed, but they do have to be predominantly red, white and blue. So, I have been spending some time browsing patriotic cross-stitch patterns looking for inspiration, and I put together a collage with some of my favorites.
- “Stars & Stripes” by The Prairie Schooler. I love this collection of ornaments. This would be a great collection to stitch for a year-round ornament tree.
- “Patriotic Scissor Pocket” by Scarlett House. Not only do I love the flower basket, but the two bonus small patterns are great for a quick stitch, too.
- “Little Lady Liberty” by Little House Needleworks. This is a great little pattern, but what caught my eye was the lovely pillow finish.
- “Star Spangled Banner” by Northern Expressions Needlework.
- “Starburst & Stripes Forever” by Cherry Lane Designs. I picked numbers 4 and 5 for the same reasons. Both of these are American flag patterns and both use specialty stitches to form the flag design. The Northern Expressions design uses a variety of stitches while the Cherry Lane Designs patterns uses primarily eyelets stitches in various sizes to create the flag. But,both are very striking designs.
- “Americana Panorama” by Blue Ribbon Designs. I love this design because the individual elements could be stitched as ornaments, but the whole pattern together creates a wonderful American panorama with a lovely patriotic message.
Are you stitching any patriotic patterns right now? These designs are obviously American in focus, but I would love to see patriotic patterns from other countries as well.