|This has been a very long project but I'm pleased to announce that my Apollo 11 Crew Patch replica is finally available for pre-order.|
The key to the quality of the original Apollo 11 crew patch was a combination of fine detail and the use of an exceptionally large palette of subtle color variations to reproduce the mission artwork accurately.
Trying to replicate this 40-plus years on has not been an easy task for myself or the artists at AB Emblem and I have to thank Kati at AB for her patience during this challenging project.
This design uses 13 distinct colors of thread versus a maximum of 8 colors used in most embroidered patches. It wasn't always possible to find a perfect match for each of the original colors in the modern thread range so it often came down to choosing between one thread that was a little too light and one that was a little too dark. Also, it's simply not possible for the artists to get every stitch in the same position and the same thickness as in the original so the design is not identical to the original.
These kind of differences are unavoidable but I think that the end result is pretty close in overall appearance to the originals.
Please note that this patch has been manufactured in the USA. This is a very expensive option but many US-based collectors expressed a strong preference for this. Hopefully those who felt strongly about this will help support the US economy by actually buying some of these patches.
If you want to pre-order one of these patches please go to my CrewPatches.com site and visit the Store page.
Note that the other patches on the store page are not currently available because I will be traveling. I will process the Apollo 11 pre-order on my return around August 5. If you wish to order other patches please wait until this date when I will make the store fully-operational again.