I have come to realize that my Sew, Man, Sew! post spotlights only Josiah's sewing projects and I have been remiss in mentioning my other guy. Jonathan has also been sewing lots since I got my new sewing machine a little over a year ago. Right after I made those semaphore flags Jonathan got it in his head that he wanted to make a complete set of nautical signal flags, including all letters, numbers and the repeaters. I bought him the twill fabric for his birthday in October last year, and he set out to finish the set by Christmas. He started simply enough with Q and K and so forth, eventually working his way up over a few months to the likes of N and Y. This was quite an accomplishment, as each flag is pieced so as to be double sided and has rope and handmade toggles so they can be strung together and hung:
For a while he flew them in the foyer or up Josiah's makeshift flagpole, but eventually he hung them all up in his room according to his original plan. He cut and stained and installed his own 'crown molding' all around the room and hung the flags in all of their nautical splendor:
Having mastered the art of flag making, Jonathan naturally went on to make several flags for Christmas gifts. His first banner was the White Tree for a friend. It turned out really cool and he was off. He made a flag and a pennant banner for Josiah with his coat of arms:
He made Lydia this beautiful Narnian flag. He used a regular zig zag stitch to form the intricate border stitch pattern:
He made Michael a small Gondorian pennant, and two pennants for Anna Ruth, again doing the writing with just a zig zag stitch:
And Mary Rose got this beautiful Narnian banner, a replica of the numerous flags at the coronation scene in the movie. The pole is the trunk of a fallen sapling, debarked and stained and the chain is of course made of spare maille rings:
I like it so much I keep it in my kitchen where it never fails to cheer me (and also occasionally incites me to yell For Narnia, and for Aslan! with great fervor)
After Christmas gifts were taken care of he went on to making various cloaks,
and most everyone in the family has received a unique cloak from Jonathan for a gift. We enjoy wearing them all together, and I'm sure it gives us a certain look of, oh, je ne sais quoi, when we all go dashing around the block on scooters with our cloaks flying behind us.
So it can be hard sometimes to get a hold of my own sewing machine, but nevertheless this mama is happy to say, Sew man, sew man, sew!