Saturday, June 29, 2013

It's here!!! Reveal day for My Country............Of Thee I Bead!!!!!


Hi all, as usual I am late.  BUT, my dad passed recently, (was expected) and today we had to deal with an estate sale and such and sooooo totally forgot about this til I sat down this even.  But I have had my piece done for weeks....It all just came together for me.

Anyway, while my roots originate in Germany, I am an American.  But my husband is German so I took both flags....

The Germany flag was officially adopted on May 23, 1949. It was used by West Germany when the country divided itself into East and West. Note that both were reunited into one nation in 1990. 
The tricolor flag was designed in 1832, and the black, red and gold colors were taken from the uniforms of German soldiers during the Napoleonic Wars

The flag of the United States features thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white; there is a blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars; the 50 stars represent the 50 states, the 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies. 

 The flag is known as Old Glory, and no one knows for certain who designed it. Many historians believe that U.S. Congressman, Francis Hopkinson was the original designer, while a few still think that Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress, made the first one.

If you notice, they both have red so I utilized that in the earrings...

The topper beads and wire are red, then the ribbons are black, white, yellow (gold) and blue.

The necklace I crocheted with ribbon yarn and added red, yellow, white and black buttons.  The yard is a dark blue.  It didn't turn out quite like I had imagined but.....

I really enjoyed this challenge, hope to do another one soon.

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  1. I like how you combined flags into your designs.

  2. I love learning new things - I didn't know that the stripes in the US flag represented the original colonies. You've designed very original and fun pieces. I love them both. Have a nice weekend. Ana

  3. you made two very lovely designs!

  4. My condolences for you loss -- my daughter passed on last summer and I know how challenging doing it all can be. You've created fun jewelry! Your theme of flags is so well done in the beautiful ribbons, and your crochet necklace and buttons is perfect for summer, and makes me think of the uniforms the German flag was based on. So glad for your jewelry and your post, Vera!

    Happy Hopping Today!

  5. Your jewelry is so fun! I can almost see the ribbons of the earrings dancing in a small breeze. The buttons on the necklace are great. I totally have a thing for buttons.

    I scrolled back in your blog and enjoyed many of your posts, especially the Art Bead Scene challenges. Great stuff!

  6. I was late too and blogged about Germany too. I just got mine up. I like your pieces a lot. They are bright and summery.

  7. Nice work and I am sorry for your loss. Dita

  8. So sorry to read about your loss...

    You made some very colourful (inspired) jewellery that must be nice to wear in this time of the year! Have fun with it!

  9. I also have German roots so I especially enjoyed seeing what you did.

    My father died a few years ago . I know this is a painful time for you. I am sorry for your loss.