I decided to make a gold star for John's family. I knew about the blue star flag that families hang inside the front window for a soldier away but I didn't know what happens when that soldier doesn't come home. After a little research I found that one sews a gold star over the blue star to signify the service and sacrifice for the country. I don't know if the family had a blue star but this is my little way of honoring John and will include it in the card for the family.
Then I was reading Teresa's blog yesterday and saw the Kiva link she has and decided that we would do this too for a young man who wanted to help others in need. I think he would like that.
The star itself is from a book I've had for a long time- Tatting for Today, I think and the thread is from a suggestion from Kathy. It's DMC embroidery floss on a spool. It's okay to work with but you really have to pay attention so you don't get extra picots! I do have one and there was no chance of opening that ring although I tried for about 45 minutes.