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Blue & White Project (Part #1)  Book of PLACEmats (1 of 6)
Blue & White Project (Part #1) Book of PLACEmats (1 of 6)
Hand embroidered, white linen and thread on Japanese indigo dyed cotton fabric
13 x 19 inches

Martina M. Thies is German and I am of PA German heritage. These stitched pages are partly inspired by my interest in the designs of fratur, Pennsylvania-German illuminated manuscripts. In my work, I have chosen the blue flower as the symbol of connection–the flax plant has a blue flower (linen) and the blue cornflower is a national flower of Germany. Each year the queen and princesses chosen for the German-American parade (Steuben Parade) in Philadelphia wear blue cornflower tiaras.