100 Hearts – The Flag Sunrise

Flag Sunrise

Flag Sunrise

I hope this is going to work as well in real life as it does in my imagination.

The flags provide good, bright, heraldic colours (of course) and I am hoping that I have done a large enough area to create the Roundel in the manner that I have “seen”.

Flag Sunrise Detail

Flag Sunrise Detail

This section has been embroidered on a piece of calico I had conveniently to hand, using Danish Flower Thread, which is not at all shiny. That will help the sunrise to settle back behind the other elements. I’ve used closely-set rows of chain stitch and reverse chain stitch alternately, so as to keep the stitches facing the same way while minimising the number of ends that need to be finished off.

I’ve used two slightly different shades in the needle for each colour. That helped me to get the colours as accurate as I could while keeping within the colour range I had to choose from. In the case of the blues, I used three shades only – the middle shade appears as the darker one in the Swedish section and the lighter one in the British section. I’m very pleased with how that worked, as the two very different blues live very happily together here.


  1. Alex Hall says:

    Yet another amazing design with a fascinating back story. Looking at the designs I wondered if the Union Jack was going to overpower the Swedish flag, but they both hole their own perfectly and it’s really well balanced. I’m really looking forward to seeing how all the elements come together and after realising how long it has been since I last visited, I promise to be here a bit more often!

  2. What neat stitches! Both flags look great, the blue in the Swedish flag has got just the right hint of green in it. I will follow this project with interest.

  3. Lady Fi says:

    FABULOUS!d I like it so much I have to use capital letters! 😉

  4. Catherine says:

    This is really looking lovely Rachel! I’ve never heard of Danish Flower Thread – I will have to look it up. The thought that has gone into this is immense, and it really does show. Your blues do look great next to each other don’t they!

  5. Susan says:

    This is a great second run at this design. The diagonal is better than the first I like the way the colors contrast and you can see both countries so clearly. The stitching is so neat and perfect-looking.

  6. Carolyn Foley says:

    That looks very balanced. I love working with Danish Flower thread and it really suits this piece.

  7. jenclair says:

    So cheerful! The two flags work so well together. 🙂

  8. Lin says:

    Clever use of those lovely threads Rachel – looking great. xx

  9. Meredithe says:

    Beautiful embroidery.

  10. Terrie says:

    Clean and clear eye catching flag

  11. Sue Jones says:

    Yippee, that worked out well! I wasn’t expecting it to hold together as comfortably as it has. Those blended colours have helped a lot. I’m curious to see how this sunrise goes into the whole design.

  12. Sheryl says:

    This is lovely Rachel, bright happy colours, none outdoing the other. I especially like the rows of chain stitches,

  13. karen says:

    very striking!! I have Swedish relatives….this flag could be a best seller!!