Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Stitched in Honor ...

Ribbon projects are really popular for people, communities and organizations looking to bring awareness to a cause, illness/diseases or movements. One of the most widely known, of course, is the Pink Ribbon Project supporting research for Breast Cancer. One of the oldest "ribbon" symbol is the yellow ribbon supporting the military.  

In the United States military, the symbol of the yellow ribbon is used in a popular marching song. The first version copyrighted was the 1917 version by George A. Norton, which he titled 'Round Her Neck She Wears a Yeller Ribbon" (For Her Lover Who Is Far, Far Away). While he tells in the song about the love between Susie Simpkins and her soldier lover Silas Hubbard.

When my husband was deployed in 2006, a church in the area (off base), had a dedication ceremony and a volunteer stitched the names of all the church's deployed service members on yellow ribbons and the families gathered early one Saturday morning after they left and tied them to the flag pole. It was a beautiful and memorable ceremony. Of course the best part, was going and cutting their ribbons off when they returned. I still have Prince Charming's ribbon tucked away. 






In 2010, after Lil Monkey was born, I revisited my obsession with stitched kitchen towels. I had stitched a bunch of them during Prince Charming's first deployment in 2005-2006, and of course with a newborn, towels of all kinds were welcomed. Since towels were both welcomed and a quick and easy project, I was on the hunt to look for patterns I could convert for these fun projects.

Shortly after Lil Monkey was born, I has discovered the cross-stitch site, Artecy.com. One of their freebie patterns was the Cause Ribbons in 2 sizes, and gives the DMC floss color numbers for more than 15 ribbon colors, so pick your cause!!

Of course, I chose to make a yellow ribbon towel ..,


I enjoyed it so much, I made two towels and a book marker. 

Later in 2011, I also made a pink ribbon towel, honoring my step-father's mom who battled and won a fight with Breast Cancer.


If you get the chance, check out Artecy's Cross Stitch patterns. They have so many, from easy to intricate.

Until our next cup of tea ...



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