Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Canvas work Part 2

Lots of kind people commented on the canvas work designs I showed in my last post - thank you. As promised, here's two more canvas work pieces that I've made. These designs are by Laura J Perin, and they are definitely available in stores and online if you'd like to try canvas work yourself. Laura has a huge range of designs on her website.

Color Study: Starry Nights

For this first one (Starry Night) I used the colours specified in the pattern - there was no need to change them because I love these colours. I used DMC stranded cotton, Perle 5, Caron Watercolors, Kreinik metallics and some beads.

Starry Nights is part of Laura's American Quilt Collection where she has designed canvas works based on quilt blocks. Here's a link if you'd like to see more.

The second one is Jewel Box from Laura's Impressionist Collection. The original design has a lot more green in it than mine, but I knew I wanted this one to sit alongside Starry Night in our bedroom, so I changed the colours.

Jewel Box - done in my own colours

Laura gives good instructions on how to change the colour palettes. She suggests starting with a variegated thread of your choice, and then choosing complementary threads from there. Color Complements has a fantastic range of hand dyed threads I will certainly be browsing their selection before I start anymore canvas work. Yes, I do still have a couple more patterns upstairs waiting to be started. Top of the pile would have to be this one:

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Fandango Sky - from Laura J Perin's website

I can hear the shouts of horror from some people already, but I love it. No, I won't be changing the colours  - I love the pink and orange together and the sparkly beads too.




When I took these latest two pieces to the framer, I requested frames to match those on the other canvas works. So I now have 5 pieces all in the same size and style of frame.




11 comments:

Oops-Lah said...

Oh what gorgeous little pieces of art! And I too love the combination of orange and pink.

Lorraine said...

Thank you so much for mentioning my shop Wendy - what a lovely surprise!:) I've admired Laura's patterns for some time but felt they were a little more advanced than I wanted to tackle which will hopefully soon change. I'm attending a Carolyn Mitchell workshop at the end of this month. You've given me all sorts of colour inspiration for this. The project is In Your Wildest Dreams. Thank you :)

Wendy said...

they are stunning, I love the pink and orange version too. I think i've come across this designer, I'm off to investigate, because I've got plenty of time for a new hobby ;0)

Liz said...

These are beautiful! Amazing job! I love all the color combos, and the embellishments really work well with the stitching. Great decor for your home!

Linda H said...

Beautiful! Amazing! Gorgeous! All of the above. Love Laura Perin's designs... I have a few myself.. waiting for me to get to them...

margaret said...

wonderful designs and love them all, I too ve the pink with orange, using it on my crazy patchwork. The jewel box design is amazing

Helen@Till We Quilt Again said...

When do you find the Time! You are amzing and they are Beautiful!

Julie said...

Absolutely gorgeous, love all the colour. I competed a Jens Gems canvas years ago - it still hasn't been framed.

Carol said...

No shouts of horror here. :) Those look pretty neat to me.

Judy@Quilt Paradigm said...

Wendy, your work is so beautiful and inspiring! Loved reading more about how you work :) This post is most definitely filled to the brim with eye candy!!

Sarah said...

These are beautiful! I love the colours. Rich, saturated colours are my favourites.