It's to bad you gave up on it. They are essentially no different than the diamond wrap.
A couple of tips for your next try at it. If you use blue/white or blue/silver thist thread for the blue field it looks like you have stars.
Just do it in this order;
Start off with a black underwrap. Things will stay in place better.
The short red and white stripes Use NCP for the white. It ends up looking better.
The blue and stars
The black on the top and bottom of the flag, wide enough to determine the length of the 'flag pole'.
The gold flag pole
The black to define the end of the flag and behind the flag pole.
From there you just box it out till you have the closed wrap.
Did you know how to determine where to put your center marks so the flags stay square? The flags become out of square as you go down the blank due to the taper if you don't start your layout right.
Here's one I did with 'stars'.