Friday, March 5, 2010

Canvs Works / Traditions Trunk Show

We are happy to announce the arrival of a trunk show from one of our favorite designers, Dorothy Combs of Canvas Works. Canvas Works features exquisitely painted canvases with designs based on real oriental rugs. Other designs feature geometric patterns and Persian motifs. These are perfect for stitchers who enjoy detail-work and precision.

The colors used in the Canvas Works line are the wonderfully faded colors of the desert and are perfect for subtly overdyed or heathered threads.

Many of the designs are available in multiple sizes for different functions (pillows, floor pillows, coasters, rugs, brick covers, etc.) The Canvas Works rug designs are particularly striking.

Don't write off doing a rug -- believe it or not, stitching a beautifully detailed and carefully painted rug canvas can be more relaxing than stitching a much smaller canvas that has been less precisely painted.

For those who enjoy shading and decision making, Canvas Works also offers a series of shade painted animal portraits with counted work backgrounds featuring elephants. Dorothy and her husband Neil are very accommodating and are quite willing to alter the mesh size, dimensions or colors on any of their designs. Canvas Works designs are perfect for upholstery work.

Also good for upholstery work are the designs of Betty Smith's Traditions. The Traditions line features a series of floral chair seat covers that are classic and very adaptable to individual color schemes. Traditions has a very different design sensibility than Canvas Works. The line features classic florals including many Texas wildflowers.

The designs of Canvas Works and Traditions will be in the shop until March 21st.


  1. The designs are beautiful! What mesh canvas are they worked on?
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  2. Hi Carolyn,

    Sorry to take so long to get back to you. The designs are worked on all different mesh size canvas. Smaller designs can be on 18 mesh. The majority are on 13 mesh and the carpets are on 10 mesh.


  3. It would be wonderful to see more of the canvases themselves. I am a big fan of Canvasworks. For some reason they do not have a website so its very hard to find any canvases to purchase. Even the needlepoint store I go to in Beaverton, Oregon only has 2 color sheets in a notebook to view.