my replication of the national flag presented by the relief society to joseph smith at the laying of the cornerstone of the nauvoo temple, april 1841. red, off-white, and blue silk twill. hand stitched (no sewing machines in 1841). each red and white strip is 6 feet long and takes 2 1/2 to 3 hours to hand stitch with a felled seam. i love how hand stitching creates a dimpled texture and fabric. and in this silk, creates even more motion as the light refelcts on the tiny hills and valleys.
the flag is commissioned by artist and friend michael bedard, who is featured in this meridian magazine article. the third photo down shows him working on the painting that will feature this flag.
i have thouroughly enjoyed the research for this project, particulary that done at the daughters of the utah pioneers museum last month. we are striving for historical accuracy, and i love a challenge, especially if it involves history.