This pattern takes me back to parades, marching bands, and the old-fashioned patriotic celebrations of yesteryear. It is just right for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day, the 4th of July, or as part of a year-round Americana display. The full text of the design reads "Stars and Stripes Forever." As stitched, this design uses shades of red, white, blue, yellow, green, white and pink. PATTERN DETAILS: This design suggests threads from DMC and uses whole stitches only. The model was stitched on 32 ct. Platinum Belfast Linen using 2 ply thread. The stitch count is 107w x 83h and measures approximately 6 3/4"w x 5"h when stitched on 32 count/equivalent. WHERE TO BUY RECREATE THE LOOK: I used Edie Jane Navy Dot by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake (SKU C8185-Navy) as the navy fabric for my mounted flat. (Pictured on model.) For the cording, I used 6 strands of DMC B5200 thread to get the desired thickness. I cut it 3x the perimeter of the mounted cross stitch piece before spinning with a Kreinik Corder. My tutorial explaining how to make the cording is found here: https://youtu.be/90z2eMpVRNE The covered button is a size 36 (7/8") from Dritz. I used Cherry Lemonade Blue Gingham Fabric from In the Beginning Studio (SKU 8CL-1) as the fabric to cover it. If you need help understanding how to put a covered button together, I show you how to do it here: https://youtu.be/yAYNQ2_DpWM All ribbons used in the bow on the model are from Offray and were found with seasonal selections in the craft section at Walmart. The blue gingham ribbon is a 1.5" wire-edge, the red/white stripe ribbon is a 1.5" grosgrain, and the blue ribbon with silver stars is a 7/8" satin ribbon. They are pictured below with the covered button and the Cherry Lemonade Blue Gingham fabric used in the model on that button.
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