Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Flat and White

Hot off the press!

Manitoba is the first of the non-original provinces. The creation of Manitoba involved a lot of drama. A quick timeline: originally the French explored the area and intermarried with the First Nation people (their descendents are the Metis). Great Britain won the area after the Seven Years War, and it eventually became part of the Northwest Territories. The concerns of the Metis were ignored, so a Metis leader, Louis Riel created a local government. The prime minister John A MacDonald (our first one, famously a drunkard who doodled on Important Documents) quickly introduced the Manitoba Act. There was more drama, Riel was pursued by the army, he fled into exile, he returned to lead another rebellion but failed and was executed for treason. The third Monday of February is now Louis Riel Day, a provincial holiday!

Manitoba is a prairie province and the butt of many jokes about its endless flatness and fields of wheat and canola, the terrible winters and lack of anything to do anywhere in the province excepting hunting and fishing.

Shown here are the Prairie Crocus, the Great Grey Owl and the White Spruce. The specialty stitch is the Overlapping Oblong Cross Stitch and it looks like a braid. It was weird to stitch and I was convinced that I was counting wrong the entire time even though I wasn't.

TitleHeart of Manitoba
DesignerThe Victoria Sampler
Start dateSeptember 13, 2015
Finish dateSeptember 15, 2015
Total time5.5 hours
Fabric32 ct white lugana
FlossAs charted


Heather said...

Great post :)

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Beautiful heart

Rhona said...

What a beautiful design! Nice to know about Manitoba too :)

D1-D2 said...

Very interesting! I never knew that about Manitoba

stitchersanon said...

Very interesting..sounds like Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire..flat, flat and more flat

gracie said...

i am enjoying following these sweet designs...