The Year of the Horse!

This was another new canvas by Lani, her horse collage. Gorgeous canvas, celebrating the year of the horse!

The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people’s ethos — intelligent, energetic, warm-hearted and bright. Ancient people liked to designate an able person as “Qianli Ma,” a horse that covers a thousand li a day (one li equals 500 meters).

People born in the Year of the Horse are good communicators who enjoy large crowds and like to be the center of attention. They are clever, kind, gregarious, talkative, perceptive, cheerful, popular, hard-working and stubborn.

Just as there are many famous horses such as Barbaro, Secretariat, Man O’War and Seabiscuit, there are many famous people born in the Year of the Horse such as Genghis Khan, Sir Isaac Newton, Barbara Streisand, Frederic Chopin, Paul McCartney and Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (better known simply as Rembrandt).

But to figure what year is your year, you need to refer to a Chinese Zodaic calendar. If you were born say in the year of the horse, it would be figured that you were born after the Chinese New Year which begins on January 31rst this year… if not your year would be configured on the previous year.

Another beautiful canvas to celebrate the year of the horse. This is a Laurel Burch and is dsitributed by Danji Designs.

My magazine work is 99.99% finished for the March/April issue and I want to yell that out loud. I have a few more stitch guides to finish up which will be short and sweet and one to write, which will take the hours. I actually did a little stitching for myself and spent a few hours with Susan Portra on Thursday and Saturday will be with Brenda Hart. Then it will be some intense stitching on all these new canavses that I have for models and classes in my hot little hands! They are all on bars and now I need to get busy selecting threads and stitches. No rest for the wicked!

and until next time…keep on stitching


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About Vicky

Needlepoint, morning noon and evening! what could be better than this? I work on the computer in the daylight hours editing stitch guides and drawing stitches that you will see in the next Needlepoint Now for your stitching pleasure! In between this, there is time for taking pictures of my stitching adventures, Facebook and writing stitch guides for canvas that I am stitching for Needle Deeva, Maggie, Ruth Schmuff and others. Mostly needlepoint you ask? well we will talk about my cats Sylvester and AlleyCat, better known as "the brat". Of course I can't forget Felix who was the love of my life for over 14 years. He broke my heart as he departed for the Rainbow Bridge last year. Oh did I mention baseball?

4 thoughts on “The Year of the Horse!

  1. As a “Horse” myself, thank you for showing the two gorgeous canvases. I love the realism of Lani’s collage, and the colors of Laurel Burch’s. someday, I’ll add a Laurel Burch to my stash.

  2. Oh Vicky, are you going to stitch the Laurel Burch’s horses? I hope so. I remember those birds you started your blog with. Or at least when I first started reading your blog. Extraordinary. I can no longer do justice to such fabulous canvases but you can. I’d deem it a personal favor if I could watch you do your magic on these wild and magical horses. How is that for presuming from afar?

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