Celebrating with the Fleur de lis
A special mention in honor of those who have died fighting for our freedom here in the United States of America as we celebrate this Memorial Day Weekend.
Broken jewels, tattered lace, music notes and letters written over time with three fleur de lis as in the flags of Acadiana and New Orleans.
Faded and translated held together with running stitches and a bracelet mailed to a sweetheart.
No matter where they were stationed many traveled the globe,
fought and died from WWI to Vietnam, the Middle East and maybe even all the way back to the American Revolution as mine.
Layered antique pieces, remnants of our loved ones
remembered for our freedom.
A fleur de lis memory flag
In Honor ofMemorial Day!
(tutorial tips below)
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I've previously talked about Lutradur, a spunbounded synthetic fabric. I stamped the fleur de lis with acrylic paint, then I ironed on magenta foil. I had fun burning/distressing the Lutradur with my heat gun. The acrylic paint acts as a mask, so the fabric will not burn in that area.
I created a second layer when I printed music and lettering directly onto the Lutradur without a carrier sheet.
The layers are white craft felt, the letter writing layer, the fleur de lis layer, some tattered lace and torn scrim. Then the entire flag was covered with metallic pink organza. Make sure enough of all the layers show through.
Then I took embroidery thread and hand-stitched the layers together. I used basic running stitches. I wanted it to look pieced, not well put together, tattered and old. I took jewels from bracelets, earrings and a necklace and sewed those on. I did a little decorative embroidery stitches in a chain stitch. I hung the flag from a broken necklace.
I kept my pallete for the flag muted with antique/old fabric scraps and used only two other colors, pale pink and purple.
I enjoyed the process and journey this little flag took me on. I hope some of these ideas inspire you and take you on a journey too.