Carolyn Mitchell Designs


What is Canvaswork?  The background material is called canvas and it comes in many different sizes.  It is evenly woven and  #12 Mono means it has single thread and there are twelve threads to an inch both horizontally and vertically.   Therefore, #18 Mono canvas means eighteen threads to the inch both horizontally and vertically.  It comes in many different colours so that the canvas and thread can match and become part of a design.

There is a multitude of different  threads that can be used and the sizing of the thread depends on the size of the canvas chosen.  If the canvas is #18 to #24 count you want finer threads and larger canvases such as #12 to #16 will require thicker threads.

Luckily for us most patterns come with recommend thread and canvas so you do not have to mix and match unless you want too.

Is Canvaswork new?  No, many people know it as Needlepoint or Petite Point.  The difference between these words are that Needlepoint and Petite Point usually refer to one stitch, the Continental Stitch.   Canvaswork is exciting and interesting as there are hundreds of different stitches that can be used.

This section has been divided into topics (Dreams, Scissor holders) or themes (Christmas, Gardens, Months) for easy reviewing.  All the designs have a picture, some information on the size and some of the materials required along with a proficiency level suggested.  If you have questions please ask.

There is a suggested price but you may find that the pattern has been priced higher in your local needlework store and this would be due to postage charges especially since it comes from Canada.



The focus of this course is to offer students an opportunity to alter the appearance of an original design. Suggested options are provided in many sections. These choices can be different stitches, colours, opposite colour value directions and fibres.
The model features a neutral border with two distinct colour harmonies A (green) and B (mulberry). For the third family C, I expanded the number of values included in the colour range of the neutral border. Wonderful results can be achieved through numerous colour combinations. You are encouraged to use your creativity and individuality in your selections. Record the colours in the space provided. At the back of the book  is an alternative square ā€œGā€. You can place the squares in any order. There are a large variety of stitches and stitch techniques including a large Rococo Stitch, Waffle, Walneto, Crescent Stitch, Spider Stitch Variation, Slanted Florentine as well as Flat Stitch, Basketweave, Oblong Cross Stitch, Rice Stitch, Smyrna Stitch, Ray Stitch and many more!

Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $50.00


Come discover this inspiring design of shared friendship between three people. The flowing ribbon entwines their relationships. Common colour and stitches bind them together. Distinct colours and stitches in each of the sections represent individuality that shines through, offering each personality. There are approximately twenty-five hours of advance stitching. A large variety of fibres and stitches (many worked on the diagonal) are offered for the intermediate to advanced stitcher. Diverse techniques such as beading, attaching and enhancing cording, covering unusual objects plus using a laying tool.

A supply page will be provided so the student can purchase their own supplies for their own journey in colour.

Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $25.00