Thank you so very, very much for all the kind words about my Punto Antico finish the other day. Both pieces are just lovely, and I definitely need to get a nicer pair of scissor to go with the fob. (I am not a scissor collector like some of you are. I’ve only got a couple of pairs, and I have a hard time justifying buying more. Although, there are some very pretty pairs I’d love to have…)
Anyway, I’ve finished another lovely piece.
This is Creative Persuasion, designed by Carolyn Mitchell. No, not the movie actress! The very talented Canadian designer. She taught this piece at the fall 2012 Creativ Festival, and I let it languish until about two weeks ago. How awful of me, given how pretty it is and how quick it ultimately worked up.
Creative Persuasion is canvaswork, which is a type of needlework done on canvas (a heavier fabric than the evenweave or linen that most other forms of needlework on done on). Canvaswork often makes use of many different counted embroidery stitches and all kinds of beautiful and interesting fibres. This piece uses Neon Rays, Perle Cotton (#5 and #8), Impressions, ThreadWorx floss, Pebbly Perle, Flair, and some Kreinik braid. A little bit of extra sparkle comes from silver beads and Swarovski crystals. Believe me, it is stunning in person.
This isn’t the first design of Carolyn’s that I’ve stitched. A few years ago I stitched up the Gourmandies Gems ornaments that were published in A Needle Pulling Thread. I’ve also stitched another little holly ornament that was meant as a learning piece of a larger Christmas design also published in ANPT. (I plan to stitch that design shortly.)
My next canvaswork project is also a Carolyn Mitchell design. It is called Florentine Fancy, and is a class offered through the Embroidery Association of Canada. If you follow me on Instagram (@stitchinglotus), you may have seen the threads I picked out and read about my little mishap. I haven’t picked out the offending stitches yet, but I plan to do so this weekend.
So, tell me, do you do canvaswork? Who is your favourite designer, or what is your favourite piece? I’d love to know.