|“Mary Pickersgill Making the Flag.” Oil on canvas by R. McGill Mackall, MdHS, 1976.80.61|
Maryland Historical Society
To make the flag, MHS used reproduction wool bunting woven by heritage weavers and scores of volunteer master sewers have been busily sewing the flag. The most exciting part is that they had two public sewing days where you could sign up to come and add in your own stitches, which is what we went to participate in yesterday. It was wonderful to see the gigantic pieces of completed flag and to see my 3 and 6 year old kids add in their own stitches (as well as myself and my husband). And to know we will be able to go and see the flag flying with our stitches in it is just so thrilling! It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that we just couldn't pass up!
An interesting thing is that the stars and each stripe are 2 feet tall - which gives you an idea of how big this thing is going to be. The wool bunting was very light and surprisingly cool to the touch. I can't wait to see it waving! (I hope we have good, windy weather!)
|The completed parts of the flag laid out on multiple tables. The stars are in the back.|
|Our son putting in his stitches!|
|There were a number of sewing stations with volunteers to help and guide you.|
It was so refreshing and helpful to talk to her as I like doing research, but discussing things with an experienced living, breathing person is so much more fulfilling sometimes!
By the way, I took oodles of pictures of the Regency gowns on exhibit at the MHS which I will put in a separate post. I made some interesting discoveries!