Canvaswork Inspired by Clarice Cliff

"The Cat Who Walked By Himself" in canvaswork

"The Cat Who Walked By Himself" in canvaswork

The design in counted cross stitch that I created, “The Cat Who Walked By Himself” (now being re-issued by Classic Embroidery – remember how excited I was a few months ago?) was such a success that I experimented with other ways in which the basic design might be used.

First of all, in ordinary tent stitch at a large size. Pleasant enough, but rather dull –  for me, at any rate.

Then, at the same size as the original cross stitch, but using ornamental canvaswork stitches. Originally I had in mind to run classes based on these designs, in one of the local shops, but the shop closed, life changed direction, and I’ve not done anything with it yet.

As I post more of my early canvaswork, you will probably notice some stitches recur. For example, I like Upright Cross Stitch – it is sturdy and heavily textured – and Milanese stitch (I think just because I like the name). I usually sneak in Leaf Stitch as well (remember the Elephant of Considerable Charm?).  I’ve also used Jacquard Stitch, and Satin Stitch. The background was worked in Encroaching Gobelin Stitch.

I’ve not put the heavy outlines on yet. Tapestry wool would be too heavy – some of the areas are quite small – but on the other hand, I don’t want to use something that will draw too much attention to itself by being shiny..


  1. Lady Fi says:

    This canvas tells a whole story! A lone cat with the entire white road stretching out in front of it… I love the way the cat isn’t on the road itself, but on the verge.

  2. karen says:

    I love Clarice Cliff, her pots are covetable. I think my aunt has one so i must keep in her good books! and not only has the sun come out in my lounge it has actually been a sunny day here too! My curtains even inspire the weather!!

  3. Janice says:

    It’s a lovely composition, and very Clarice Cliff!