Betsy Ross: A Patriotic Icon for Modern Women

Betsy Ross became a patriotic icon in the late 19th century when stories surfaced that she had sewn the first “Stars and Stripes” United States Flag. She was a woman ahead of her time, working professionally in the upholstery business (during this time upholstery was a term used for all sewing needs: tents, banners, flags, etc.). Liberty Stitching Company is founded on the traditions Betsy Ross upheld and to honor her contributions to colonial America by passing along the heritage of stitching.

Betsy Ross’ Life:

Throughout her younger years, Betsy Ross apprenticed as an upholsterer under John Webster. It was in this profession where she met and fell in love with fellow apprentice, John Ross. After marrying, they opened up an upholstery shop but soon John Ross joined the militia and after just two years of marriage, Betsy Ross became the widow of an American Revolutionary War soldier. In the summer of 1776, Betsy Ross, newly widowed wife, received a visit from General George Washington. He had heard of her seamstress skills and the work she was doing for the Continental Army (patching uniforms, tents and flags). General Washington commissioned her and she accepted the job of sewing our Nation’s first flag, the Flag of the Thirteen Colonies. 

Betsy Ross continues to be a strong patriotic role model for modern women and a symbol of women’s contributions to American history. Liberty Stitching Company honors Betsy Ross’ legacy and the tradition of stitching by providing kits that allow stitchers from all backgrounds to complete beautiful works of American art. Our patented Color Block Stitching System, allows stitchers to feel the freedom of stitching while giving them a system to guide the process. Check out our kits today and and preserve the tradition of embroidery!

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