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I’m married (for the 2nd time) just over a year now. I have 3 children ages 21, 17 & 16 as well as a daughter who is 21 years old from my husband’s previous marriage (not a typo) and recently married so I am now a mother-in-law as well. I think it’s great!! All my love to both of them!!! As long as they wait to have children until he is out of the Army! I’m also a Nursing student in my 2nd year of school. I’m seriously considering a change in my major to Nutrition. Much as I want to be a Nurse, I think becoming a Nutritionist may be the avenue I choose. I am fluent in American Sign Language and speak Italian as well. I also love the outdoors, camping, hiking, riding motorcycles with my husband, and the beach are among a few. I hate the cold but I love snowball fights with my family. I enjoy crochet of all kinds, but there’s something about the detail when it is done with crochet thread that I especially love. I try to spend as much time as I can enjoying life and what it has to offer.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Awareness Ribbons (all)

Below is a photo of all of the ribbons that I have so far. I am planning to do them in yellow as well as green - I am just waiting for the beads to arrive.

Each ribbon can be done in an afternoon. They take me about 3 hours to do, depending on how fast I am working and what else is going on in the house.

If you are familiar with peyote stitch and would like the pattern that I used for these ribbons, please email me and I will send it to you. It helps if you already know odd-count peyote as the pattern does not teach the stitch itself. Once you know it, it is a fairly easy pattern to follow.

Awareness Ribbons - Black

I was born during the Vietnam War and a few of my uncles fought in that war. I wanted to do something for those that did not come home. As well as for my fiance who spent 9 years in the Navy and did 2 tours in the Gulf War.

The ribbon ends on this particular one are longer to allow for the POW & MIA lettering. When worn on a jacket the tail ends lay flat so that I don't have to worry about them being overly long.

Black Ribbon:
This color is a symbol of mourning, melanoma, and gang prevention

Awareness Ribbons - White

White Ribbon:
This color is a symbol of innocence, victims of terrorism, violence against women, peace, right to life, bone cancer, adoptees, and retinal blastoma

Awareness Ribbons - Purple

With this ribbon I chose to follow the original pattern when it came to where to place a small silver heart where the ribbon's tail ends crossed one another. The heart was stitched after the ribbon was completed and is sewn over it. Unlike the red ribbon that has the heart within the pattern.

Purple Ribbon:
This color is a symbol of pancreatic cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid cancer, domestic violence, ADD/ADHD, alzheimer's, religious tolerance, animal abuse, the victims of 9/11 including the police and firefighters, Crohn's disease and colitis, cystic fibrosis, lupus, leimyosarcoma, and fibromyalgia

Awareness Ribbons - Red

This version doesn't have the border around it like the pink one, but instead has a heart within the pattern of the edge of the ribbon.

Red Ribbon:
Most commonly associated with the fight against AIDS and HIV, this ribbon is also a symbol for heart disease, stroke, substance abuse, MADD, DARE, Epidermolysis Bullosa, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Awareness Ribbons - Pink

I recently saw a pattern for Beaded Awareness Ribbons and as I've always liked them, I decided to try to make one.

The pattern I was given was for a beaded ribbon done in a combination of ladder stitch and brick stitch. I altered the pattern so that it was done in odd-count peyote stitch. A similar pattern but for me, I prefer peyote stitch. Besides it being one of my favorites, the original pattern called for size 11 seed beads which I changed to Delicas size 11's. I find they have a more uniform size.

So far, I've done 5 awareness ribbons and each one is slightly different.

Pink Ribbon:

Most commonly associated with breast cancer awareness, this ribbon is also a symbol for birth parents, and childhood cancer awareness