When I was working on the baby’s nursery I knew I wanted something personalized in the wall art. I didn’t want something as obvious as a giant monogram, but something that was more subtle and would blend in with the ‘nautical’ theme.
I knew that ships use standard International Maritime signal flags that represent letters of the alphabet. I thought that would be the perfect solution.
Because the frame was so long I decided to write out the baby’s name, JOSH, instead of just his initials. When I sat down and drew out the actual signal flags this is what I came up with:
directional. The flags in the diagram are displayed hanging from the right, so I had to rotate them 90 degrees so they would look like this when hanging in the frame:
I turned the flags right side out and used a chop stick to get the corners nice and square. I pressed them with my iron (including pressing closed the opening I used to turn the flags right side out. (You could hand stitch the opening closed but since they are only hanging on the wall and won’t really get touched I decided not to.)
I hung them on the twine frame using alligator clips making sure I had them correctly oriented.
I hung the finished piece between my crackle finished oars:
Here is what they look like displayed in the nautical nursery:
Right above Josh’s crib. I love how personal it is, but unless you are a boat captain you may never know it!