Carolyn Mitchell Designs

TEACHING DESIGNS

I love teaching!!  To see my students developing their skills makes me feel so good.  Most of my students are far better stitchers than I.  When I develop a teaching design there are many things I consider - good design and colour balance are a must!  However, I make a list of stitches that I want to include to make sure the student or client is being challenged.  The design is worked over and over until the balance works with the stitches chosen and the colours make the stitches sing!  The next consideration are the fibres that are going to be used - I choose texture and of course colour plays a big role - especially if I am overlaying colours or mixing more than one fibre in a stitch.  I play and play until I am satisfied.  Yes, I do the whole process from idea to the final stitch.  The only thing I do not do, is the framing or finishing (in most cases).   I put in and take out and try something different if the results are not up to my standard.  Yes, I have fun - I love doing the charting and often struggle with the instructions.  I have good people that help me make my work look so good and I thank them!! 

My designs have all been tested before I teach them for a guild or group or before they are available in a store.
We work hard to catch all the errors, however some errors do slip through and, if you find one, please let me know as I can generally  fix it quickly.

If I am teaching at a store I will provide the list of supplies required for the course.
Student supplies such as stretcher bars, brass tacks, embroidery scissors, laying tool are extra.
The teaching designs are not sold outside of the classroom.
So do follow me through my teaching designs as I would love to come to your shop, Seminar, or guild and share my knowledge.

FOREVER CLEAN
(CANVASWORK)

Create this enjoyable two sided needle cleaner using #18 mono canvas. A must for everyone needle basket.
It is 60 by 58 mesh or 3 1/3” by 3 ¼”  featuring a total of fifteen different stitches such as Flat, Cashmere, Waffles, Eyelets, Rice, and Trellis work plus finishing instructions.  Fibres include embroidery floss, #5 and #8 Perle Cotton, Waterlilies and #12 Braid.

Only one side is shown

Proficiency level:  Intermediate to Advanced
Class:  1 Day

Enchantment:

This delightful little design is ideal for scissors, ruler or made into a needlebook.  It requires seven different fibres as shown, plus Swarovski crystals.  Stitches include: Flat, Eyelet, Rice, Waffle, Diagonal, Upright Cross, Double Straight Cross and Trellis.  This course is ideal for guilds.




Proficiency level:  Intermediate

Class:  1 Day


 Kit is available for this course.

HARDANGER NOTEBOOK
CREATING A HARDANGER NOTEBOOK:

Create your own "Hands on Glossary of Hardanger Stitches" for quick future reference including stitches such as Buttonhole Flower, Edelweiss, Queen Anne's Lace, and Struvor along with cutting, Buttonhole Edges such as the Lacy edging, and Fancy Motifs. You will receive notes, step by step written instructions, and diagrams. Before class, you are requested to stitch Klosters and Motifs.

In class, we will complete the more difficult stitches. The notebook consists of over forty stitches and/or techniques that will be reviewed in class. The samples will be stitched on 27 Count North Cross Linen using a variety of threads including Elegance, Subtly, #5, #8, #12 Perle Cottons, and Waterlilies.

Proficiency level:  Intermediate to Advanced
Class:  2 Days

STUDENTS CAN PURCHASE THEIR OWN SUPPLIES
MYSTIQUE:

This award winning design in Canvaswork features twenty-three stitches. Stitching techniques are studied, including layered stitches and string art stitches to create an 11" by 11" design worked on #18 count mono coloured canvas. Soie Cristale, Impressions, Waterlilies, Neon Rays, #12 Braid, embroidery floss and 1/16” Ribbon are some of the exciting fibres used in this design. An enchanting sparkle is created with the use of three different colours of 4mm Swarovski crystals and glass pearls. Available in blue with aqua green, magenta with silver and white accents; or terra cotta with antique blue, antique mauve with gold and cream accents.

Kit is available for this course. If I am teaching at a store I will provide the list of supplies required for the course.

Supplies such as stretcher bars, embroidery scissors, laying tool are extra.

Students are requested to have the border done before class.

Proficiency level:  Intermediate/Advanced

Class:  2 Day


 

ALLURE

This enchanting  9 1/2" by 9 1/2" geometric canvaswork design featuring a variety of techniques including fabric attachment, gold work, beading, plus fifteen delightful canvaswork stitches. Worked on #18 mono canvas the fibres used are Waterlilies, #8, #12, and #16 Braid, 1/16th Ribbon, Neon Rays, Floss, #8 Perle Cotton, sheer fabrics and gold kid. Pretty glass beads, plus gorgeous Swarovski pearls and crystals add sparkle to this intriguing design. In the centre, the student creates free style embroidery working with gold kid and gold threads. There is advance preparation work for this class.


Proficiency level:  Intermediate to Advanced

Class:  2 Days


 Kit is available for this course.

EVENING BAGS

EBONY BLUES
This is an elegant evening bag for any gala affair. It is worked on Black #18 Mono Canvas with grey organza layered over the back and used for the lining. Stitched in a variety of fibres in shades of black with gold and silver metallic threads and then encrusted with silver beads and black diamond crystals. A mixture of textured stitches are used for this creation. Finishing instructions are provided.



Proficiency level:  Intermediate to Advanced

Class:  2 Days
 Kit is available for this course.
GILDED FROST
This is perfect for the bride on her day
and also makes beautiful evening bag for graduation, prom and other special occasions. The three leaves are gilded in gold first and embellished over top to create a frosty look and then trimmed with military wire. Fibres include: Soie Perlee, Soie Cristale, Petite Very Velvet, #8 and #12 gold and silver Braids plus sparkling Swarovski Crystals and gold palettes stitched on #18 Mono canvas and organza.


Skill level:  Intermediate to Advanced
Class:  2 Days
 
SWEET TEMPTATIONS:
This
delightful
evening bag offers the senses the look of delicious chocolate and caramel.   Stitched on #18 mushroom mono canvas with brown organza layered over the back and front. The bag is stitched in silks, Petite Very Velvet, and glitters with gold metallic threads, and Swarovski crystals. Students will attach organza to canvas, stitch with a variety of threads using an array of stitches including Blackwork designs. Finishing instructions are provided.
 

Proficiency level:  Intermediate to Advanced
Class:  2 Days
Kit is available for this course.
Students supplies such as stretcher bars, brass tacks, embroidery scissors, and laying tool are extra.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH
This abstract three-piece design can be kept long as shown or made into three small pictures. It offers a glimpse of life seen through tangled objects and beyond. It is a study of circles including an assortment of sizes, techniques, stitches and fibres on
Santa Fe/Sage Green 18 count mono canvas. Fibres include Watercolours, Waterlilies, #5 Perle Cotton, Floss, #8, #12 Braid, and Petite Very Velvet. The prominent elements capture the eye due
to the simple background. A large variety of stitches create the "tangles" as we peer into space. Students have the choice of one long design measuring 4" by 18.5" with 1.5" space between the designs or three smaller separate designs with one design measuring
 4" by 4" and the other two designs measuring 4" by 5.75".
There is advance preparation work for this class.


Proficiency level:  Intermediate to Advanced
Class:  2 Days
 

Proficiency level:  Intermediate to Advanced
Class:  3 Days

 AVAILABLE AFTER 2017

ECHOES OF GLASS


This three-piece
abstract design that should be kept long as the borders "bite" into each other.  It features  interrupted glass such as Tiffany, window and Crackle Glass.The simple elements capture the eye drawing it to the centre of each square as you scan the overall design.
A variety of techniques, 24 different stitches and fibres are worked on
French Blue or Santa Fe/Sage Green18 count mono canvas. Fibres include ThreadworX, #5 and #8 Perle Cotton, Floss, #4, #8, #12 Braid,  Sparkle Rays, Splendor, Flair, and Impressions.  It sparkles with the addition of pearls and crystals.

The finished design size is 15" by 5.75".  There is advance preparation work for this class.



Proficiency level:  Intermediate to Advanced
Class:  2 Days
MY WAY

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 “G”. 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!
No Kit. Students are requested to have the border done before class.
Supplies such as stretcher bars, embroi
dery scissors, laying tool are required.
ANALOGOUS FUSION

The use of five colours lying side by side on the colour wheel evokes a sense of mystery as we travel through the five panels. The fusion of stitches, colours and fibres leads the eye through the design encouraging the viewer to see more. ThreadworX overdyed floss and braids are combined with perle cotton, silk, rayon, nylon and metallic threads. The addition of glass beads and pearls provide the finishing touch. Worked on #18 Mono Canvas, the stitch techniques include the fusion of a mottled background, layered and laid work and a variety of other stitches. Large charts and step-by-step instructions are included.

No Kit. Students are requested to have the border done before class.


Supplies such as stretcher bars, embroidery scissors, laying tool are required.

Proficiency level:  Intermediate to Advanced
Class:  3 Day
FLOWING FRIENDSHIPS:

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.

Other supplies required are stretcher bars, embroidery scissors, laying tool plus floor or table stand are recommended and lighting and magnification if needed.


Proficiency level:  Intermediate to Advanced
Class:  2 Day