“Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair.” –George Washington
The flag is the centerpiece of American cultural imagery. Growing up in the 1960s and 70s, the flag came to mean so many different things: pride, controversy, rebellion, commitment, more, so much more…
It has taken me decades of living, working, and traveling the globe to understand my own relationship to this symbol of our great nation. I have grown to love the flag in all its incarnations – as a reminder of where I come from, our collective history, and, of course, of the wise and honest standard to which I believe we are raising our repair.
Colorblock Napkins $66
Hand-sewn in contrasting colors using our signature 100% organic cotton jersey. Each set contains four 20” x 20” napkins.
Colorblock Napkins in Carmine and Navy $66 – Alabama Chanin for Heath Ceramics Sapphire Stitched Etched Serving Bowl $375 – Center Stripe Tablecloth in Natural and Doeskin $240 - Alabama Red, White, and Blue Salad - Blueberry-Balsamic Dressing – DIY Braided Coasters
ALABAMA RED, WHITE, AND BLUE SALAD
2 heads of lettuce, picked and cleaned thoroughly
½ cup sliced strawberries
5 oz fresh farm cheese
Salt + Pepper
Place greens into a serving bowl and lightly spread toppings evenly over the salad. Salt and pepper to taste.
Drizzle Blueberry-Balsamic Dressing atop salad for the perfect, slightly sweet salad.
Yield: Makes enough for about 4 servings
Crush blueberries in vinegar and add salt, pepper, and garlic. Let stand for 20 minutes. Whisk, or blend, extra virgin olive oil and honey until emulsion is thick.
DIY BRAIDED COASTERS
BRAIDED COASTER SUPPLIES
Cut out cotton jersey strips into three ½” wide X 45” long pieces. Cut with the grain.
Grab one end in each hand and pull the strips to create cotton “ropes”.
Align the three cotton pulls, or “ropes” and stitch together using a straight stitch. This will hold them together on one end as you begin to braid.
Braid the three pulls together until you reach the end of the braid.
Starting with the neatest end, wrap the braid around itself and tack together by using a whipstitch every ¼” on the wrong side, so the stitch will not be visible.
Once you reach the end, tuck underneath and secure with a straight stitch.
For instructions on how to create a whipstitch, see our Studio Book Series.
STRAWBERRY-PROSECCO ROSEMARY COCKTAIL
1 bottle Prosecco
2 cups pureed strawberries
1 cup watermelon juice
Orange bitters, to taste
Blueberries for garnish
Rosemary sprigs for skewer
Blend strawberries on medium speed in a blender until pureed.
Open the prosecco and let stand in ice bucket for five minutes.
In a pitcher, pour pureed strawberries, watermelon juice, and bottle of prosecco. Stir gently to combine.
Serve and garnish with fresh blueberries on a rosemary skewer. For the skewer, use a rosemary stem with the bottom leaves removed.
Organic Cotton Jersey Napkins $44
100% certified organic cotton napkins measure 20” x 20”. Napkins come 4 to a bundle, in the color of your choice.
Shown here in Large Covered Serving Dish by Heath Ceramics (heathceramics.com) with our Center Stripe Tablecloth in Red and Stenciled Tea Towels.
4 cups fresh strawberries, peeled
½ cup unsalted butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 T baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup milk
1 T lemon juice
Ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)
Bring 1 cup sugar, strawberries, and lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add to preferred baking dish. Combine dry ingredients and remaining sugar in large mixing bowl and cut in butter. Add milk to make dough and roll out ½ inch thick. Place strips of dough on top of peach mixture and bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes, until golden brown.
Serve warm with ice cream.
Center Stripe Tablecloth in Red and Navy $240 – Alabama Chanin for Heath Ceramics Red Clay Dinner Plate $39 – Colorblock Napkins in White and Navy $66 – Large Covered Serving Dish by Heath Ceramics $130
INDEPENDENCE DAY DIY CORSET
Perfect for all of the upcoming festivities and beyond, our Beaded Seam Corset is easy to make for yourself by following instructions from page 145 of Alabama Stitch Book (on sale this month), with inside felled seams from page 44. When felling the seams, add one Red Bugle Bead to each stitch. The neckline rib is sewn with a beaded Cretan stitch, using Red Seed Beads.
You can find pictures and details of beaded seams and ribs beginning on page 73 of our newest book, Alabama Studio Sewing + Design.
Purchase our 100% organic cotton jersey (grown and knit in the USA), our DIY Independence Day Corset Kit for $95¸ or our finished Beaded Seam Corset from our Alabama Denim Collection for $415.