this picture in public domain
I love stars! I have always doodled stars, for as long as I can remember. I've sewn regular stars for bowl fillers or ornies. I've been wanting to sew up some barn stars for quite a while now.
The house pictured above sports a color co-ordinated barn star (ohhhh how I love this house!).
What exactly are barn stars? Most of your out there are probably already aware and have even posted about them, but I am learning and did a quick search on google and found out that they have been around for a while, supposedly being born from the Amish and German/Dutch folks who settled in Pennsylvania. They are related to the "hex" signs the Pennsylvania Dutch painted on their barns and were possibly a way for a builder to mark his work. I also learned that different colors stood for different things: for instance, brown signifies friendship. The stars themselves can also symbolize good luck.
I remember my dad always had a horseshoe hanging outside over our doorways to the house, garage and shed. I never realized it growing up, but much like the barn star, it was a symbol of the good luck he wished and hoped on for his household.
I'm also interested in anchor-plate stars. These are the heavy cast iron or steel stars with the hole in the middle which were used for building reinforcement in a brick/masonary type structure, and were built right into a building.
What is it about STARS that we incorporate them into our lives so much? Is it that they are symbols of luck? Hope? The heavens? Light in darkness?
Does anyone know why Betsy Ross chose stars for the flag?