Well, Canada Day is right around the corner. This Canada Day, of course, is special because it’s 150 years since confederation. If you’d rather not say “Happy 150th, Canada!” (because age is just a number after all) you can always go with “Happy Sesquicentennial, Canada!”, because silly words are more fun to say.
My Dad is experiencing some crafty patriotism – and I think it’s his fault that I’ve felt the Canada-crafty bug recently. He recently finished his part of a project called the Maple Leaf Forever Project.
Here’s the background: 150 years ago, Alexander Muir wrote a song called ‘The Maple Leaf Forever’, which was inspired by a large maple tree in Toronto. That tree stood where Alexander saw it for almost 150 years; in 2013 it was damaged by a wind storm and had to be taken down. Since the tree was so culturally significant, parts of it are being turned into some really interesting things (you can click here to read more about all of these projects).
Dad is involved with the Ontario Woodcarver’s association, so he is helping to carve a scene from Toronto’s history onto a section of the tree, which has been divided into little maple leaf reliefs. Here is a great flickr page with some more interesting pictures of this project. (Humblebrag time: since I’ve been a bit of an Ontario Woodcarver’s groupie over the past few years, I can say that I actually know some of the carver’s in these pictures! I am so cool.)
The big opening is on July 19 at the Ontario Science Centre, so if you’re interested and in the area you should come on out! Dad and I will be there. I may or may not be wearing my new crochet maple leaf. I will once I figure out how to turn it into something that is wearable…
Without further ado, here is the free pattern! It’s in written form and stitch pattern form. Enjoy!
The leaf ends up being about 21 cm long, including the stem. You could use it as an applique (Canada flag blanket or sweater!), or sew a bunch of them together and have a patriotic scarf. Hmmm, that does give me some ideas ….