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; that design 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. I looked at Gobi Sands from Caron,  and

Harvest Basket and Wintered Grass from Sampler Threads laying beside silk ribbon with

names like Bride's Blush and Rose Blush. Then a Mill Hill treasure in the shape of a 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 and

flowers burst forth and misty mornings can be common in some areas as if fairies are out

and making mischief on the May Mist.


It is now 2016, I completed March Moods which is worked in glorious

mauves, soft greens and a touch of dusty blue.  I cannot beleive it has taken me so

long!!  I love each one and they offer me wonderful memories, I hope they do for you too.


Many people have purchased a box with a 5" by 5" opening in their lid in which they can

display the design for each changing month.


Since many of these designs were produced a few years back, some of the

charms and threads may not be available.  Please find suitable substitutes in your

favourite needlework store.  For example, the golden leaf I used for September Morn can

be replaced with one of the nicer leaves now available or, as an alternative, try using 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 appear on my

website since they, too, are all about the same size.




MY SEASONS



The four seasons are featured on the

cover of this book.  Each design is 4.5" by

4.5" and stitched 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

hanging.  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 mesh or

5" by 5".  A variety of stitches

including Florentine, Walneto, Rice and

Herringbone are stitched using

Watercolours, silk and 1/16" Ribbon which

offers 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 mesh or 5" by 5".  There are a

variety of stitches, many creating hearts

such as Crescent Stitch and Rhode Hearts,

and Basketweave. Fibres include Mandarin

Floss, Petite Very Velvet and Snow plus

pretty Mill Hill Charms.

Warms up the long winters.


Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $15.00




MARCH MOODS
 
Worked on Aquamarine #18 mono

canvas. It is 88 by 88 mesh 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 mesh or 5" by 5".  It features

a variety of stitches such as Windmill,

Rococo, Blackwork and fibres include

Impressions, Braids, and Petite Very Velvet.

Enjoy the flowers bursting forth.

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 mesh or 5" by 5".  This design

uses a variety of stitches and fibres

including: Rice, Cashmere, Flat Stitch

Variation and has a Blackwork wrought iron

fence stitched using fibres such as Sampler

Threads, Impressions, Braids, Watercolours,

and Waterlilies.  It is topped off with a

delightful hand painted porcelain Fairy

Button dancing inthe garden.The gate is

open, do come in!

Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $24.00  includes the Fairy button.




JUNE JAZZ

It is 88 by 88 mesh 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.

Can you hear the music?

Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $22.00  includes the Silver horn charm.




JULY SUNSET
 
It is 88 by 88 mesh or 5" by 5" on #18

mono canvas, butter (orange is now

available). A large variety of stitches are

used including Shell, Trellis and

Eyelet Stitches using fibres such as

Watercolours, Waterlilies, Sampler Threads

and Perle cotton.

Summertime is so delightful and relaxing!

Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $15.00 




AUGUST EVENING

It is 88 by 88 mesh 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.


Imagine the warm evenings and the scents

of the flowers in the gardens.


Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $14.00 



SEPTEMBER MORN

 
It is 88 by 88 mesh or 5" by 5" on #18

mono canvas, sandstone. A variety of

stitches including Florentine, Milanese,

Eyelets and Shell. Fibres include Silk,

Impressions, Watercolours,and Braids.


The sun is setting soon and the leaves are

changing for the season.


Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $15.00 




OCTOBER MOON
 
It  is 88 by 88 mesh or 5" by 5" on #18

mono canvas, black. A variety of stitches

including Interlocking Brick, Blackwork,

Satin, and Four-way Leaf Stitch.

Fibres include Snow, Braids, Petite Very

Velvet and Silk.  A delightful mother of pearl

moon reigns over the terrain.


Some call the full moon in October the

Harvest Moon; others call it the Hunter's

Moon.


Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $15.00 


NOVEMBER ROSE

It is 88 by 88 mesh or 5" by 5" on #18

mono canvas in pink. A variety of stitches

including Silk Ribbon Roses and leaves,

Cashmere Variation for bricks, Blackwork

and Satin stitch.  Fibres include Braids.

Sampler Threads, Watercolours, and silk

ribbon.



The last of the Roses!!



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 mesh 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.

The crunch of the snow and the sun shining!


Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Retail Price: $14.00