Creative Persuasion

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.

Creative Persuasion, designed by Carolyn Mitchell

Creative Persuasion, designed by Carolyn Mitchell

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, designed by Carolyn Mitchell - closeup

Creative Persuasion, designed by Carolyn Mitchell – closeup

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 inΒ  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.)

Gourmandise Gems Collection, designed by Carolyn Mitchell

Gourmandise Gems Collection, designed by Carolyn Mitchell

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.


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14 Responses to Creative Persuasion

  1. Heather says:

    Awesome job! I don’t do canvaswork but it looks really cool

  2. Rachel says:

    That’s a beautiful piece of work with a gorgeous colour palette. I think it’s the first time I’ve ever heard of the indulgence of Swarovski Crystals being used in the finishing! I’m afraid I have no interest in doing anything other than cross stitch, but it certainly doesn’t stop me admiring and being in awe of pieces of work like this! Well done. πŸ™‚

  3. Grace Horton says:

    Beautiful colors…lovely stitching

  4. Joanne P says:

    These are gorgeous. I do like canvaswork but I can’t get over my aversion to the price of the threads and the amount you use! Maybe it’s because they are so expensive in the UK? It’s one of the reasons I love over one stitching, a fraction of the materials are used LOL.
    I do follow a couple of people who do canvaswork and enjoy their blogs.

  5. Rachel says:

    I’ve had a lot of fun with canvaswork. I don’t think I’ve a favourite piece – they all have their points!

  6. Kerry P says:

    That is beautiful, I love the colour combination and all those different stitches look amazing. I can completely understand why you’ve got another design kitted up ready

  7. Justine says:

    Wow – that’s stunning! I love the colours and your stitching is beautiful.
    I have never stitched anything like this. I stitch for relaxation not to challenge myself (I have plenty of challenges at work!) so I probably wouldn’t enjoy it. I do however love admiring other stitchers’ work!

  8. Blu says:

    Such a pretty finish! The colours are so striking.
    I’ve never tried canvaswork. It looks like a lot of fun but I’m trying to limit the number of new crafts I start lol

  9. Dima says:

    I love the colors in this piece. I can’t wait to see your Florentine Fancy. Will you be picking your own colors?

  10. So incredibly WOW! I’m glad you stated it was on canvas, I have a project in the basket that requires this canvas stuff and am glad to see such a great close up shot of how it turned out. Never used it before so it will be exciting once I do get around to doing it. Granted it won’t be as lovely as YOURS, but I shall endeavor to try πŸ˜€

  11. Katie says:

    I love canvaswork. I’ve done a few but like someone else said the price of the threads stop me from doing more. I enjoy specialty stitches a lot. This piece is gorgeous. Fantastic! Congrats on the finish!!

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