A distelfink is a stylized goldfinch, probably based on the German variety. It frequently appears in Pennsylvania Dutch folk art and they represent happiness and good fortune. The Pennsylvania Dutch often used this feature in their hex signs.
I thought of this as soon as I saw this design by Michelle Lutzen of Stitchy Kitty. Growing up in Pennsylvania, I was quite familiar with these signs painted on local barns. I always thought they made everything look so colorful and bright. So even though this design is not from a german designer, it reminded me of a Pennsylvania Dutch custom. For those that don't know, The Pennsylvania Dutch are the descendants of Germanic peoples who emigrated to the U.S. (primarily to Pennsylvania), from Southwestern Germany and Switzerland. The origin of the word 'Dutch' is a "folk-rendering" of the Pennsylvania Dutch's own self-designation Deitsch.
I can proudly say I have roots in the Pennsylvania Dutch community and that this part of Pennsylvania will always be "home" to me.
A familiar site in Pennsylvania Dutch country.
Blessings as always,