Topic: Paper Embroidery
It's been a while since I did a paper embroidery project - in fact, the last one was for this same alphabet challenge! It won't be long until the alphabet will be used up and I don't know what the host has in mind to do after that happens.
In the meantime, today we are up to 'U' and the theme 'United States'.
Since I was choosing my pattern at about the same time as Independence Day the natural tendency was to lean toward using a flag, fireworks or some other 'holiday' imagery.
But I got over that thought as soon as I ran across my pattern of the flying bald eagle with its patriotic banner.
I pricked it out on a flecked white cardstock and stitched with realistic coloring.
Other than trimming, I did not do anything else (stamping etc) that might compete with the image.
I did mount it on the card with a red border which gives it a more patriotic punch with the red, white and blue combination.
You can see in the photo that I decorated the envelope, too. Those dots and dashes continue all around the face of it. A simplified flag was drawn on the flap (one blue star and four red stripes). I hand wrote "God Bless America" in the white spaces between the red stripes.