Carolyn Mitchell Designs

THE MONTHS IN CANVASWORK


The Months have been an ongoing project for me  since 1998 when I sat in my backyard creating
August Evening.  I taught it in Fredericton, New Brunswick in September.  During a delightful flight over eastern Canada late one September Morn; it was born.  By the end of the year December Dawn was complete and April Flowers was in the works.  I decided that was enough and moved on to other things.

Then one day a couple of years later I was unpacking some shipments when some delightful threads fell side by side such as Gobi Sands from Caron, Sampler Threads had Harvest Basket and Wintered Grass, laying beside silk ribbon with names like Bride's Blush and Rose Blush then a Mill Hill treasure rose fell into the mix and you have November Rose.

Three more years passed and all of a sudden I found myself quickly stitching up January Chills all because of the canvas called Leventeen Blue.  As I finished it, October Moon was calling me and before I knew it February Fever and July Sunset were done.

Then life changed, I "semi retired" and sold the store but I still had three months to go.  I love music and June is a month of celebrations and from there June Jazz sprung to life.  My eldest granddaughter was born in May and it is a month of mystery as the trees burst forth and misty mornings can be common in some areas as if fairies are out and making mischief.

It is now 2016 and I have just completed  March Moods which is worked in glorious mauves, soft greens and a touch of dusty blue.  I can not beleive it has taken me so long!!


Many people have purchased a box with a 5" by 5" opening in which they can be displayed each changing month.


Since many of these designs have been produced a few years back some of the charms and threads may not be available.  Please find  suitable substitutes in your favourite needlework store that works with your design.  Example is the golden leaf I used for September - there are nicer leaves available now, plus I have seen it completed with a squirrel - adorable!

I design from my heart and sometimes mysterious things happen.  My Seasons developed and I decided this would be the appropriate place for them to be since they too are all about the same size.
MY SEASONS:
The four seasons are featured within the cover of this book.  Each design is 4.5" by 4.5" and stitch on #18 Mono Canvas.  Each season uses a different colour of canvas including Eggshell, Sandstone, Santa Fe Green and French Blue.  Though I stitched them individually you could use one background coloured canvas such as mushroom and make them into a square for a picture or pillow or one long picture or wall handing.  Each design has its own colour listing and features Flosses, #5 Perle Cotton, Kreinik Braids, Overdyed Silks, pearls and beads.



Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $20.00





JANUARY CHILLS


It is worked on #18 mono canvas, Leventeen blue and it is 88 by 88 stitches or 5" by 5".  A variety of stitches including: Florentine, Walneto, Rice and Herringbone are stitched using Watercolours, silk and I/16 Ribbon which offering a cool effect.


Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $15.00



 


FEBRUARY FEVER:


It is worked on #18 mono canvas, red and it is 88 by 88 Stitches or 5" by 5".  There are variety of stitches, many creating hearts such as Crescent stitch and Rhode Hearts, Basketweave with fibres such as Mandarin Floss, Petite Very Velvet and Snow.

Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $15.00




MARCH MOODS:
 
Is worked on Aquamarine #18 mono canvas.  It will be 88 stitches by 88 stitches or 5" by 5".

The Fibres include:
Soie d'alger, #5 Perle Cotton, Vineyard Silk Classic, Petite Very Velvet, Neon Rays, and #12 overdyed Braids by Threadworx.

Stitches include:  Flat, Algerian Eyelets, Knotted, Gobelin, Rice, Waffle Variation, Diamond Herringbone, Milanese.

Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $20.00 includes the sheep button


APRIL FLOWERS:

It  is worked on #18 mono canvas, white and it is 88 by 88 stitches or 5" by 5".  It features a variety of stitches such as Windmill, Rococo, Blackwork and fibres include Impressions, Braids, and Petite Very Velvet.

Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $14.00


MAY MIST:

It is worked on #18 mono canvas, white and it is
88 by 88 stitches or 5" by 5", in a variety of stitches and fibres including: Rice, Cashmere, Flat Stitch Variation and a Blackwork wrought iron fence using fibres such as Sampler Threads, Impressions, Braids, Watercolours and Waterlilies and topped off with a delightful porcelain Fairy Button dancing in the garden.

Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $24.00  includes the Fairy button.


JUNE JAZZ:

It is 88 by 88 stitches or 5" by 5" on #18 mono canvas, white.  It features a variety of stitches and fibres including: Silk Ribbon Roses, Cashmere Variation for the piano keys, Petite Very Velvet for the top hats and bow ties, Blackwork for martini glasses and antique lace. A silver trumpet charm is included in this design.

Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $22.00  includes the Horn charm.




JULY SUNSET:

 
It is 88 by 88 stitches or 5" by 5"
on #18 mono canvas, butter. A large variety of stitches are used including Shell, Trellis and Eyelet Stitches using fibres such as Watercolours, Waterlilies, Sampler Threads and Perle cotton.

Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $15.00 




AUGUST EVENING:

It is 88 by 88 Stitches or 5" by 5"
on #18 mono canvas, lavander.  A variety of stitches including Eyelets, Laid Blackwork Stitches, Hungarian and Milanese are featured.  Fibres include #8 Braid, Watercolours and silks.

Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $14.00 



SEPTEMBER MORN
:

 
It is 88 by 88 Stitches or 5" by 5"
on #18 mono canvas, sandstone. A variety of stitches including Florentine, Milanese, Eyelets and Shell. Fibres include  Impressions, Watercolours, Silk and Braids.


Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $14.00 


OCTOBER MOON
:
 
It 
is 88 by 88 Stitches or 5" by 5" on #18 mono canvas, black. A variety of stitches including Interlocking Brick, Blackwork, Satin work and Four-way Leaf stitch. Fibres include Snow, Braids, Petite Very Velvet and Silk.  A delightful mother of pearl moon reigns over the terrain.


Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $15.00 


NOVEMBER ROSE
:

It is 88 by 88 Stitches or 5" by 5"
on #18 mono canvas in pink. A variety of stitches including Silk Ribbon Roses with leaves, Cashmere Variation for bricks, Blackwork and Satin stitch.  Fibres include Braids, Sampler Threads, Watercolours, and silk ribbon.

Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $16.00 



This is the design featured in the header on this page.


DECEMBER DAWN:


It is 88 by 88 Stitches or 5" by 5"
on #18 mono canvas in French blue. A variety of stitches including Eyelet, Leaf, Van Dyke and Blackwork Snowflakes using fibres such as silks, Neon Rays, Watercolours, Braids, and Soie Cristale.

Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $14.00