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4th of July Primitive Embroidery

It seems that my country style is taking a primitive slant this summer. My fingers were itching for something fast and fun to add to the patriotic spirit in my home. I spent about 4 hours in the garden so I knew it had to be easy and my craft room is over flowing so it had to be a stash buster.

This is what I came up with:

You need: A small embroidery hoop
A scrap of burlap bigger than the hoop
A scrap of tightly woven fabric for behind the hoop
A scrap of blue print fabric for the star
Thick red string (I used crochet cotton)
A sharp needle with a large eye

Start by placing the out side hoop on the table, make sure it’s loose
Layer on the burlap and woven fabric. Sandwich tightly with the inner hoop.

Cut a star from the blue print. I highly recomend drawing out a quick 5 point star on paper and making a pattern. My first star looked like a wide, fat man with a really long inseam.

Pin the star onto the burlap closer to the top than center.
Stitch around the edge with a wide straight stitch.

Free-hand (stitch?) “1776” below the star.
Trim and fray the burlap until you’re happy with it

Hang it up with next your Firecracker centerpiece and you are on your way to celebrating like its 1776!

Linked up at Funky Junk Interiors

Summer blog challenge:

Day 18:  I love this recipe for Cabbage Strudel  – if you follow this recipe you will end up with an excess of filling. But it’s still really good!

Day 19: Something I’m proud of? How about the progress I’ve been making in the garden (finally!)?
I’ll get some pictures up tomorrow but I’ll just say I planted squash, beets, carrots, cucumbers, beans, dill and melons. I also finished transplanting the tomatoes and excavated weeded around the kiwi, current and gooseberry bushes. 


  1. Ooooh, I can’t wait until you post pictures- I love garden pics.

  2. I saw this over at NY Melrose Family and was instantly drawn to the simplicity of your project. Though it may be simple, it has a HUGE impact. I simply adore it!

  3. This is awesome…simple but gorgeous!

  4. What a great little project! Cute and easy! Love it!

  5. Love it! I love primitive patriotic stuff.

  6. I love it! I see embroidery hoops all of the time at the thrift store! I will be sure to pick up some the next time. I am picturing a Christmas tree or a snowman using yours as inspiration! Thank you again Alecia for your kind email. It truly touched my heart that someone that is a friend but really a stranger took time from their day to give me a virtual hug ♥ And thank you for sharing this at the party this week!

  7. I just started learning how to hand embroider. This looks like such a cute project!

    I just found your blog on The Taylor House. Glad I did- great blog!

    Visit The Pretty Pinhead and enter my giveaway!

  8. Another DARLING hit for the 4th! I love it, Alecia!
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina

  9. I love it! Simple and really cute! I am such a sucker for patriotic decor!
    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! 🙂

  10. totally cute. I would love if you linked them up to Show Off Monday @ on Monday.


  11. What a cute idea! I love that you used burlap!

  12. So simple and gorgeous! I just love it. And the idea could go with so many other shapes. Hearts, initials, etc.

  13. This is beautiful, and I love how it is a quick craft and a stash buster! I would love for you to share it at Snips & Spice Sunday Slice this week.


  14. Such a nice & simple project. Looks like something I could attempt with my limited embroidery skills. It turned out great!

  15. So lovely! Love the burlap! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  16. I’m LOVING your embroidery art! Featuring you today! XO, Aimee

  17. You’re a STAR today over at I Gotta Create! Your lovely primitive embroidery is in the Star-Spangled feature lineup. Thanks so much for linking up!

    <3 Christina

  18. I love this embroidery piece. Thanks for linking to the Point of View Patriotic Link Party. I chose this as one of my features.