Monday, July 6, 2015

Ocean Playground

Nova Scotia is one of Canada's Maritime provinces and its licence plates call it Canada's Ocean Playground.

It's the second smallest province by size and its name means New Scotland in Latin. It's mostly known for excellent seafood, perpetually terrible rainy weather and a long history of shipbuilding.

Pictured are the provincial flower, the mayflower and the provincial bird, the osprey. At the bottom is the Bluenose, a famous fishing schooner from the province. It is also on our ten cent coin.

The specialty stitch is the Quodlibet, which I had never even heard of, but was pretty easy to stitch.

TitleHeart of Nova Scotia
DesignerThe Victoria Sampler
Start dateJuly 3, 2015
Finish dateJuly 6, 2015
Total time5.75 hours
Fabric32 ct white lugana
FlossAs charted

Sunday, July 5, 2015

En Français

I just realized that I forgot to post this last month!

Quebec is one of the other original provinces of Canada. It's the only one with a majority French-speaking population. This is because originally Canada was colonized by the British and the French; when the British defeated the French in the Seven Years War they were worried that the French-speaking population would support the US colonies that were quarrelling with Britain, so they let the French colonists keep their language and culture. So Quebec is majority French. The current day politics between Quebec and the rest of Canada, and within Quebec itself, are complicated and people can get pretty hotheaded about it.

Pictured are the provincial flower, the blue flag iris and the provincial bird, the snowy owl. At the bottom is the fleur-de-lis, which is the first symbol that comes to most Canadian minds when you say Quebec.

The specialty stitch is the French Stitch. I struggled with the instructions and the Internet wasn't helpful since I kept getting directed to French Knots and French Seams. I think I figured it out, but if not at least it looks alright XD

TitleHeart of Quebec
DesignerThe Victoria Sampler
Start dateJune 24, 2015
Finish dateJune 27, 2015
Total time6.5 hours
Fabric32 ct white lugana
FlossAs charted

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June Achievements & July Goals

Goals for June:
1. Finish the last Mill Hill ornie. Done! They're all cut out and waiting for their ribbons/hanging method.
2. Finish Mediterranean Mermaid. Everything that can be done is done. I'm waiting for my LNS to get some beads. So I guess I'll be done something in October?
3. 10 hours of Autumn Winds. 6 hours.

Unexpectedly This Month:
1. Started and finished Heart of Canada.
2. Started and finished Heart of Ontario.
3. Started and finished Heart of Quebec.

Goals for July:
1. Start and finish the next Heart.
2. 10 hours of Autumn Winds.
3. 10 hours of Cinderella.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Stitch From Stash - June

Month: June
Spent: 0

Carryover: 100.85

Part A of this year's SFS went well for me. I held to the budget pretty well. With the exception of May, where I used the birthday exception, most of my expenses went towards finishing and other non-stitchy but crafty things. I hope that the second half of the year continues to have minimal stash purchasing and lots of stash usage :D

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June Smalls

This month I finished off the last of the Harmonic Holidays series. They've all been cut out and only need to have the drumsticks and bow attached and then have a cord attached.
I also started the Hearts of Canada series and finished off Canada and Ontario. I wasn't planning on stitching Ontario but I was enjoying Canada so much that I started the next one :D

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Most Populous Province

I haven't felt like really sitting down to stitch over the last few days, so I've decided to continue with the Hearts of Canada series. They're small and full of motifs that I feel like I've accomplished something every time I sit down.

Ontario is one of the original provinces formed when three British colonies became the Dominion of Canada in 1867. It's not the biggest province or territory but about 40% of Canadians live there.

Pictured are the provincial flower, the trillium; the provincial bird, the loon and the provincial tree, the white pine.

The specialty stitch is the Tied Herringbone with I hadn't done before but was very easy.

TitleHeart of Ontario
DesignerThe Victoria Sampler
Start dateJune 19, 2015
Finish dateJune 21, 2015
Total time4.75 hours
Fabric32 ct white lugana
FlossAs charted

Thursday, June 18, 2015

O Canada

Unlike my usual habit, I finished Heart of Canada by The Victoria Sampler well before Canada Day. It's a cute finish and stitched up very quick. I had barely any time to stitch this week so it took longer than it should have.

I struggled a little with the sheaf stitches since you have to bring the needles up from behind the middle stitch and wrap it around and then put it back in the same hole. I kept piercing the threads. By the time I got the hang of it I was done.

Not much in the way of changes: I filled in the white in the flag since it looked a bit odd to me to have the fabric visible for just that part.

TitleHeart of Canada
DesignerThe Victoria Sampler
Start dateJune 14, 2015
Finish dateJune 18, 2015
Total time6 hours
Fabric32 ct white lugana
FlossAs charted