Mile One

I have finished the turtle and am now working on the caribou. I can't for the life of me seem to get a good picture of this. It has something to do with the shadows that the yarn casts, making the lines look a bit thicker than they are. But I fear the only reason that I can't get a sharp focus is that the camera is dying. It's a Panasonic DMC-TZ1, in case anyone has technical information that they could share. Anyways, now that I'm out of the gate, I think I will only post finished images, unless something exciting is going on, stitch-wise. Otherwise it could get boring rather quickly, like watching someone run a marathon.


  1. Your turtle is very handsome, Heather! He certainly has a lot of claws though. I love the combination of decorative and naivete that you are working from.

    Can't help you with the camera. Unfortunately I just replaced my dear Panasonic with a new one!

  2. Louisa, it's true that he has a lot of claws. It's one of the noticible things about Louis Nicholas's animals - they all have lots of teeth and ferocious claws. Maybe he found the wilds of the New World a little scary?

  3. The turtle looks fantastic, your stitchery is so well done. This is going to be a very exciting project.

  4. This is going to be a lovely project! I love the turtle & look forward to seeing more

  5. onesmallstitch12:12 PM

    Heather I'm happy to watch your marathon of stitchery in all its stages. the detail you have captured is marvellous.

  6. Anonymous4:11 AM

    I recently found a copy of the book containing Louis Nicholas' fantastic drawings in Sydney, B.C. It's a wonderful book. The drawings are all amazing. I guess he saw the New World fauna as exotics and added a bit of extra to their forms. Extra claws and teeth and feathers.
    I also wondered why I had never heard of these drawings before. You'd think these very early drawings of animals in territory that later became Canada would make them national treasures in Canada. I looked in the book and discovered that they are part of a museum collection in Ohio. That explains it. How did they get there?
    I don't want to get too politcal but I see your project as a kind of repatriation. Considering that you interpreted a Tom Thompson painting in embroidery in high school, would it be wrong to suggest that there is a thread of Canadian patriotism at work here? Jean-Pierre


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