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Oh, my dear sweet neglected blog, how could I have left you so. I promise to spend more time with you in 2013.

Peacock Doily Study 1, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6 inches

Peacock Doily Study 1, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6 inches

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!

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.

So simple, so girly, so so very doily-centric, I so want to make an entire wall of these …

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Doily Wall Hanging by theurbanthimble on Etsy. This Etsy shop may be closed but with a little white thread, some brightly coloured fabric and an embroidery hoop you can easily make your own.

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