Patriotic Finish

Up here in the Great White North we celebrate Canada Day on July 1st. This year our country turned 149 years old. Sure, we are just a toddler amongst countries, but we are still very proud. And, with Canada’s 150th birthday just around the corner, I figured it is a great time to stitch up a whole bunch of Canada-themed designs.

Reflections of Canada, designed by Ink Circles

Reflections of Canada, designed by Ink Circles

This is Reflections of Canada from Ink Circles. I’ve stitched it over 1 on 32 count white fabric using DMC 115. I did half stitches using two strands of floss, and put in a few whole stitches in places where the half stitches left too much white space.

Reflections of Canada, designed by Ink Circles (close-up)

Reflections of Canada, designed by Ink Circles (close-up)

I love all the little motifs in this design! There is Mountie faces, hockey sticks, the Parliament buildings, beavers, maple leaves, and so much more. It was lots of fun to stitch. And it worked up so quickly! Of course, doing half stitches helped speed it along. 😉

The other designs I plan to stitch over the next twelve months include Victoria Sampler’s O Canada Sampler (which I have already started), Joan Elliot’s Canadian Beauty, and Maple Leaf Flag from Northern Expressions. I probably won’t get them all finished, but it will be fun none the less!

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15 Responses to Patriotic Finish

  1. Christine says:

    That turned out wonderfully. I am going to do it using the same floss as you, 2 over 2 on 28 count, light grey evenweave.

  2. Carrie says:

    Very pretty finish!

  3. Rachel says:

    The toddler is a particularly charming one – a belated Happy Canada Day to you all!

  4. Kim says:

    Simply beautiful.

  5. Justine says:

    Great finish! I love this design. We don’t seem to stitch many patriotic designs in the UK, maybe I should look for some? I like your idea of finishing a few for your 150th anniversary.

  6. Darlene says:

    Reflections of Canada looks wonderful. I am hoping to to get mine started very soon.

    I am also hoping to do Canadian Beauty as well.

    Good job.

  7. Katie says:

    Beautiful finish! Looks fantastic.

  8. Kerry P says:

    Lovely finish and such a great choice of thread too

  9. Joanne P says:

    I love this design and the way you’ve stitched it. 115 is my favourite red and I really like the way the motifs change shape depending on which way they face.

  10. B. Lapp says:

    Beautifully done. Love your colour choice.

  11. Catherine says:

    This is a stunning piece, love the reds, great idea to start before the 150th Anniversary, designs.
    I am looking forward to seeing your progress.


  12. Heather says:


  13. Wonderful work Heather and a lot of stitches over 1 – goodness, just beautiful

  14. Suzemo says:

    I really like this piece the way you stitched it – I might be stealing that 😉
    I have been trying to think of something to do for someone I know from Canada, and this might just be perfect.