Feb 24, 2008

Happy 50th Birthday to the Peace Sign

I have always loved the peace sign...since the days of my youth.

Peace Sign Turns 50

The peace sign turns fifty years old today. Over the past five decades the peace sign has become one of the world’s enduring icons. The original peace sign was developed in 1958 by a British textile designer and conscientious objector named Gerald Holtom. He created the symbol by combining the semaphore letters N and D, for nuclear disarmament. On Feb. 21, 1958 the symbol was accepted by the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War. The symbol soon began to be used in anti-nuclear protests across Britain and then spread across the globe.

This week I played around with the peace sign making fabric art and a t-shirt

First the fabric art. This is an idea I've had for a long time. Using scraps of fabric to make art. I cut out different sizes of peace signs started with the bigger ones and worked my way to the small ones applying them with a straight stitch so the fabric would fray. I appliquéd the word imagine with a zig zag stitch around each letter. I mitered the corners and added the same fabric as a backing. I have a lot of bamboo growing in my yard. I'm going to use it to run through the top of the yellow ribbon I added to the top to hang from. I wish we all could imagine peace - love the next person as we would want them to love us. There is one thing we all want...to be loved. I have some other ideas for "fabric art" using the different colors of ribbons.

The next project only took me about 30 minutes to do. I took more scrap fabric. Again appliquéd a peace sign on a square with a zig zag stitch then with a straight stitch sewed the square to a t-shirt and frayed the edges. I really like the way this turned out. I'm going to make more to sell.

I want to come out with a whole collection of items using the peace sign.
If we only had peace.....

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments, make them "sew" much fun

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