I’ve stitched a Union flag using Liberty lawn before, during all the excitement preceding the 2012 Olympic games, but it wasn’t terribly successful because there wasn’t enough contrast between the fabrics. When I put together a new red, white and blue Liberty bundle for the shop recently I thought that it was time to have another go. Here’s the bundle – the fabrics are Betsy Ann in red, Rosy in red and white and Mitsi in dark blue:
The Union Jack is a symbol I find tricky to craft, because it has been appropriated by political parties and organisations that I abominate (very apt that I am writing this today, on an election day), and because I find over the top patriotism a little bit cheesy. But it is such a good shape, and has some great meaning wrapped up in it, so this piece of stitchery is offered here to celebrate the kind of generous, inclusive, friendly & welcoming patriotism that we saw so fantastically back in 2012.
It’s a lot for a little pincushion to achieve, but what the hell, I can’t do political speeches…!
The top is foundation pieced and I have a foundation piecing template ready to upload, with some instructions, if people would like it… It’s good to share isn’t it? (more politics!). Just let me know!