America 1776: A Diamond in the Rough by Linda Reinmiller
In 1776, the Second Continental Congress envisioned a nation free from the rule of the British crown and they signed the Declaration of Independence. It took a war to establish their independence, and it has taken a succession of wars to maintain our freedom. This design celebrates the men and women who dared to start a new type of nation never before attempted, and it honors the men and women who continue to protect our country. It is designed to be stitched with floss, pearl cotton and Kreinik metallics on 24-count Congress Cloth, but it can be adapted for 18-count canvas.
Hero’s Bouquet by Judy Jeroy
Flower meanings have fascinated people for centuries and the symbolic language of flowers has been recognized widely throughout the world. This design uses surface stitchery with DMC 6-strand cotton on heavy cream fabric to convey the messages of courage, patriotism, and gratitude all tied together with a yellow ribbon (associated with “support our troops” since the Gulf Wars in the 1990s).
Purple Heart Ornament by Carol Lynn Stratton
The Purple Heart medal is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy. It is specifically a combat decoration. This ornament was designed using surface embroidery stitches with Perle #5 and #8 on Kona cotton, however, you may use any ground fabric and other threads [DMC floss, 6 ply or rayon Razzle, etc.]. It can be finished as an ornament with couched braid around edge.
About Projects Supporting Wounded Service Members:
Every three years when a new EGA president is appointed, the incoming president has the privilege of appointing a charity to support. President Janet Noble has selected America’s wounded service members as her designated National Outreach Project. Multiple sets of designs are planned for release throughout her term.