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Sunday, February 14, 2016

All Provinces Done



And with my finish of Heart of Newfoundland and Labrador, I've finished all the provinces. Canada is composed of 10 provinces and 3 territories. Historically the difference between them is that provinces have their own provincial governments while territories are governed by the federal government. Recently the territories have their own territorial assemblies but their authority is still delegated from the federal government.

Mostly referred to as Newfoundland, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is the easternmost province and the last one to join Canada. There are numerous jokes about the "Newfie" accent and it's general incomprehensibility (although I honestly can't hear any difference from every other Canadian). It's also the originating location for both Labrador dogs and Newfoundland dogs. It's believed to be one of the possible locations Leif Erickson the Viking landed in the 11th century. There is actually a Norse settlement in Newfoundland that is a World Heritage Site. Fishing and tourism are it's major economies.

This particular pattern was frustrating because the model did not match the chart. The chart has a tree next to the puffin while the model and the instructions talk about a bird. I stitched the bird which I had to count out from the model. Also, the red in the model looks much more vivid than the one charted. I'm still a bit iffy on whether to leave the dark pink or rog it for a brighter red.

Pictured are the Pitcher Plant, Puffin and Black Spruce, the provincial flower, bird and tree respectively. The specialty stitch was the Slanting Star Stitch which was pretty easy (how many variations of a six-sided stitch can there possibly be???)

TitleHeart of Newfoundland and Labrador
DesignerThe Victoria Sampler
Start dateFebruary 8, 2016
Finish dateFebruary 14, 2016
Total time5 hours
Fabric32 ct white lugana
FlossAs charted

15 comments:

Judith Makes said...

Beautiful finish

Pull the other thread said...

What a stunning finish. Thanks for including some really interesting info as well. It was really fun to read.

Rachel Tomkins said...

Congratulations on your finish and completing the set. The history lesson was very interesting too. I never knew Vikings made it that far! Looking forward to whatever you stitch next! :)

Annie said...

What an accomplishment! Congrats on finishing all of these. They are so pretty. I once did the free wash DC one and considered doing more states, but never did get to it. And I would leave the colors as is!

Suz said...

Congrats on your pretty stitch and for finishing all of the provinces!

D1-D2 said...

Congrats on finishing them all. How will you display them?

Cindy's Stitching said...

very pretty Blu

Marie said...

Congrats on the completion of this, and all of the designs. Strange that the charted design was different from the model. I want to stitch the US State hearts from the nine states where I have lived. Very nice work.

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Beautiful finish
My compliments

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Hi Blu, I am a Newfoundlander living in the countryside of Ontario. I stitched this little piece a few years back and made it into a hanging. I admire your perseverance to stitch all the provinces. They are sweet. Lovey your knitting. Happy Stitching!

Tina said...

Yay!! I have been waiting to see this one! As a fellow "Newfie" myself this one is my favorite! More interesting facts for you: John Cabot discovered us in 1497 and claimed us the "new found isle" for the King of England. Newfoundland was made a British colony and continued to be under British rule until April 01 1949 when we joined Canada. Not all that long ago when you really think about it! And, we have our own time zone..30 mins! How cool is that :)

Heather said...

Interesting that a model would have different stitching on it. Isn't that the point of a model? I love the bird though it looks great! Newfoundlands and Labradors are some of my favorite breeds.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Congratulations on finishing the final heart! Do we get a big picture of them all together now?

Love the history too. I guess that's why Canadians always seem so likeable, they are descended from Scandinavians LOL Both areas seem to be thoroughly decent people. Not entirely sure you could say that about the Viking hordes but their culture and artwork is fascinating.

Aurelia Eglantine said...

I've enjoyed seeing your work on this series, but - since I live in NL - this one is my favourite :) As for the Pitcher Plants, although the undersides are lime green and the tops do vary a bit on the red spectrum, the flowers are generally a deep burgundy and are almost always depicted that way (as in this cute little poem). I think the dark pink looks nice, but if you do decide to restitch them, I'd recommend using DMC 3685 (a purplish-burgundy closest to the real flower) or 814 (a true burgundy red). Hope this helps!

Congratulations on completing the series, that's an awful lot of challenging stitching!!! The designs are small but seem complex, especially given the charting problems you've uncovered as you went along. I love the fix with the seagull by the way - looks so much better than a tree! Gulls are super common here too; there aren't really any trees on rocky headlands like that anyway, and it would have made the little puffin look Godzilla big LOL ;)

Sally said...

Lovely finish.