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Create a Reflection of Your Ancestry with a Yarn Star Garland
Submitted by Pam on Thu, 11/29/2012 - 21:12
Make a family heritage garland to celebrate the holiday season!
Every yarn star on my garland represents a part of my heritage - countries of my ancestors. The colors and designs are derived from the flag of each country and the center of each holds a small mirror - a reflection of who I am and where I came from.
And like many Americans, I am a melting pot!!!
If you are not - and have only one or two countries represented in your family tree, you can still make a garland - just try to arrange the yarn in as many different designs as you can think of!
This is a great way for kids to explore and get to know a little bit about their own ancestry. Why not make a family garland and then select a food or activity during the holidays to honor each branch on the family tree.
Image made by Mermaid's Making
I was inspired to make my heritage garland last year when I found this post on Mermaids Making - beautiful Yarn Stars made to represent Linda's own heritage - Estonia. She used Estonia's national colors to create the yarn stars and added images of the national flower (cornflower) or bird (swallow) to the center.
She is a very clever woman and I have no idea how she came up with the weave but she has been improving on the original yarn star since day one!!!
I think Linda's blue, white and black stars are simply beautiful. And apparently I am not alone in that assessment - Linda has been asked to make sets of stars for several members of her family!
So - my own ancestry? Quite a list! English, Dutch, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, French and German.
Some of you may be surprised to see there is no Scandinavian country listed. However, Danes and Norwegians began establishing settlements in the British Isles in the mid to late 9th century according to Wikipedia; and Old Norse was once widely spoken in northeast counties of England.
There are blue-eyed blonds and gorgeous red-heads in the Sctoch-Irish-Welsh branches of my family tree.
I am thinking there is most likely Scandinavian blood present!!!
Be that as it may, let's get back to the garland! Below, you will find images of each star and the country it represents. Each star is woven using the colors found in the national flag.
In the interest of keeping this simple, if you are curious, you can refer to this site for images of the flags of all countries of the world.
And to make yarn stars of your own, here is the tutorial!
United Kingdom! The official flag of the United Kingdom - the Union Jack - is actually a composite of the flags of the three countries in the British Isles that have united to form the United Kingdom…
England's flag of St. George...
Northern Ireland's flag - Patron Saint of Ireland - St. Patrick... and...
Scotland's - flag of St. Andrew.
Wales - the flag of Wales is quite beautiful and unusual - green and white fields with a large red dragon in the center.
The Republic of Ireland. Not really knowing the actual details of my Irish ancestry, I am including both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland - member of the United Kingdom.
The Netherlands flag - horizontal bars of color - red, white and blue...
and the flag of France - vertical bars of blue, white and red... a bit of a challenge to make each star distinctive!
And Germany - a completely unique (to this collection) color pallet - black, red and gold.
And there you are! Like I said - a big ole melting pot!
Either option would be so pretty humg in clusters from a light fixture or an embroidery hoop over a table or scattered throughout a centerpiece - at Thanksgiving or Hanukkah!.