Hello, Stitchy Friends! Three posts in one week! I’m on a roll. 😉 And, because it is Wednesday, I thought I would share with you the project currently under my needle.
This is Victoria Sampler’s O Canada. It is quite an old design, originally released in honour of Canada’s 125th birthday. In fact, I’m stitching from one of those early charts, with the hand-drawn symbols and the Lamplight Designs branding and all. This original chart has the number 125 in the alphabet (following the world Canada), but I will be changing it to say 150 in honour of our sesquicentennial this July.
This is a pretty special year for Canada. I know there are lots of countries much older than us, but then again Canada has actually been around as a thing since at least the 16th century. (Of course, First Nations people were here well before any Europeans.) To simplify things, we were part of British North America, and then became the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867. In 1931 we more or less became independent from the UK, with the final ties to the UK parliament being removed in 1981. However, Queen Elizabeth II is still our monarch (one of her titles is indeed Queen of Canada), and on her death (she will never die, shame on you for thinking she might!) her heir will automatically become our monarch.
I have a couple of other Canadian-themed projects I hope to get to this year, and lots more Canadian trivia to share!