Ready for Midsummer?

Posted by Carina Thavelin
The celebration of Midsummer's Eve was from ancient times a festival of the summer solstice. Bonfires were lit to protect against evil spirits which were believed to roam freely when the sun was turning southward again. In later years, witches were also thought to be on their way to meetings with other powerful beings.
Nowadays we just celebrate the longest day of the year
In Sweden Midsummer is such an important festivity that there have been serious discussions to make the Midsummer's Eve into the National Day of Sweden, instead of June 6th.
Midsummer Eve is celebrated on the Friday in between 19th and 26th of June and usually celebrated on the countryside. A maypole is decorated with leaves and flowers and we dance around it to celebrate and bring good fortune and a large crop.
We also have important traditions around food on Midsummer’s Eve. For lunch we eat different kinds of herring and fresh potatoes. For dessert we have strawberries, either with just cream, ice cream or in a cake. Later in the evening we barbeque.
I really enjoy planning Midsummer and decorate tables and surroundings.
Some friends and I spent Midsummer last year in a traditional red and white Swedish cottage. So I embroidered some flags in white and blue to decorate both indoors and outdoors.
The smaller flags were hung over the entrance, to make the guests feel welcome. Unfortunately it wasn’t warm enough to eat outside so we decorated in the dining room with larger flags and matching table cloth and napkins.
I used old aluminum cans as holders for both cutlery and napkins and instead of regular napkins I used matching blue/white kitchen towels. 
Back to the flags. It can also be used as a cute decoration for a kid’s room. Add letters and they can be used for birthdays, weddings and other celebrations.
Here are the instructions if you want to create them:
There are three embroidery files in the downloadable .zip-file. I used the one with three flags in one hooping, I used quilt fabrics in different shades of blue;
Embroider first thread color which is the placement of the applique fabric.
Add fabric on both sides of the stabilizer, I used pins to keep it secure.
Embroider color number two.
Cut around the flags on both sides
Embroider the satin edge.
The flags can now be easily be removed from the stabilizer.
I used a thin cord and just sewed the flags to it with a straight stitch.
I am not sewing any decorations for this year so maybe I have time to create a dress!
Let's see...