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Hardships there are but the land is green and the sun shineth.

The first printed representation of the Jamaican flag. It was signed by Alexander Bustamante in 1962 when the design was approved in Parliament.

With Jamaica celebrating the 50th Independence Day on August 6th, I’ve been thinking a lot about the flag. My mom taught me when I was a child that colours had meaning and that has never left me. Today I did a little internet exploring to see if in fact I remembered correctly. While there are slight variations on how the symbolism is worded they come down to what I remembered – Black for the people, green for the land and yellow for the wealth of the nation.

“The black triangles represent the adversity Jamaica has overcome and for hardships it may have in the future. The green triangles represent hope and agriculture and the golden saltire (diagonal cross) stands for the mineral wealth of Jamaica and sunlight. “(from World Flags 101)

Flags – Flags – Flags

  • Yellow – a symbol of sunshine and natural resources
  • Green – the land and hope for the future
  • Black – the burdens borne by the people

“Black depicts the strength and creativity of the people; Gold, the natural wealth and beauty of sunlight; and green, hope and agricultural resources.” Government of Jamaica

Click for Jamaican Flag knitting pattern

My gift to you on the 50th anniversary is a free knitting pattern. Use it to knit your own flag either as a patch or worked into a larger pattern. Enjoy, and please share your projects with me – I’d love to see what you come up with.

Jamaican Flag, Knitting Chart by Anastasia E White, 2012 download now

What are you doing to celebrate?

Here we are in the second week of the 2012 Olympics and my favorite part of the Summer games begin tomorrow. Yes, Team Jamaica will be taking to the track tomorrow. With what looks like a strong team, the London Olympics are looking to be exciting.  So here’s to Team Jamaica taking home a big pile of medals to celebrate 50 years of independence – how fitting would that be!

To knit your own Usain Bolt doll, click the image of visit RadioTimes. Felling more adventurous? Knit the entire team! Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the rest of the team deserve dolls as well. See the list of the full team here.

I often dig out my embroidery threads and a stack of old linens with the intention of stitching up some whimsical design, yet I never get beyond picking colours and threading a needles. Here are a couple cutesy stitched drawings by someone with more motivation than I.


More of Kjersti Faret’s thread creations are posted on New York Kitty Art. Check them out!

How beautiful are Takashi Iwasaki‘s embroidered drawings? Colourful, graphic and whimsical, reminiscent of both Calder’s mobiles and The Yellow Submarine, these designs keep calling me back to revisit them. Described as portraits of the artist’s state of mind I long to know more about him. Who is this person with bright colours and playful forms dancing around in his head?

Kamidaredentou, 2009, Embroidery floss and fabric, 41 x 41 cm

More information  about Takashi can be found at Elliot Louis Gallery.

Just incase you aren’t already convinced that I’m a doily addict here is photographic evidence. These linens were all acquired in one weekend trip to Victoria, BC. Victoria has some great thrift shops and lots of old people, this adds up to lots of doilies to be found.

A Family Portrait -2010
The photographs are of my grandparents. On the left are my maternal grandparents, Daisy and Micheal Myers, and on the right is my father’s mother Erika in her wedding dress.

Happy Halloween! Here are some goodies for you as you Trick-or-Treat your way around the internet. To find out more about their creators click on the images.

     Needle Felted Heart

Lets not forget the treats, after all it’s not Halloween without a big pile of candy.

Félix González-Torres, “Portrait of Ross”

For some spooky Halloween textile art check out my post here.

Have a happy Halloween!

Related Posts

An artist after my own heart! Anna Peach‘s Spirit House installation is the type of work I dream of making. All those beautiful doilies lovingly stitched together, how I wish I had the time, patience and enough doilies to make a dress like this!

As I spend a significant amount of time fluttering around the internet looking for artists who are doing interesting projects with doilies, this is not the first time I have come across Jennifer Cecere‘s work. While this isn’t strictly speaking a doily her mandala caught my eye all the same.

“Mandalas” began with images recalled from childhood fables and fairy tales.They grew to occupy the space between art and craft, with references to traditional women’s handicrafts, drawing attention to overlooked artisan work.


Staten Island Ferry Terminal, St. George, Staten Island New York 2011.

jennifer cecere | new york – Mandalas

Crowninglory, 2003, hand embroidery on cotton panel, 17 x 18 inches

DollyParton, 2003, hand embroidery on cotton panel, 15 x 17 inches

La Chingona 2003, 10 x 12 inches, hand embroidery on cotton panel

I was so happy when I was introduced to Jenny Hart‘s stitches. Embroidery takes much more patience that I currently posses, so thank you, Jenny for creating works I wish I’d done. Hart has another great series on her Flickr stream & a fascinating blog, Embroidery As Art, for anyone with an interest in contemporary embroidery. If you find yourself in Paris this September, check out her solo show at Gallerie LJ.

I came across these little beauties on Dutch jewelry designer Marion Pannekoek‘s blog, the pieces, however, are by Susanna Bauer. Her work is beautiful, minimal, elegant … I could go on but will let these two images speak for themselves.

For more information about Bauer and her work visit her website.

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