Zippers are thoroughly loathsome things.
The embroidery is nice enough. The zipper is irrevocably jammed. Apparently I stitched too close to it. Damnit.
I'll try again
I normally avoid color combinations that are too expected. For example, in this piece, red white and blue. By using 2 kinds of red, and two kinds of blue I think I've avoided the pitfall of making this look like a flag.
It's good to remember that cliches are cliches for a reason. Red, white and blue are good heraldic colors. And there are reasons that they're so popular for national symbols.