For the longest time I really, truly hated coral. And then I saw it combined with one of my favorite colors, purple, in a child’s room. It opened a whole new world of color-love for me and now I am admittedly obsessed with corals. I haven’t come across the combination of corals, oranges, purples, and lavenders in too many canvas designs, so I decided to paint my own. I chose rich colors in a stripe pattern to give me more freedom to use decorative stitches. Here is an image of the canvas I painted:

7x9 Color Study - Purple and Coral Stripe Rich


It is part of a canvas collection I am calling “Color Studies.” It will be my goal to combine color combinations that aren’t typical but are still aesthetically pleasing. They will be inventive in color and shape, incorporating modern design themes. They are a good size for tablet covers, purses, pillows, and framed pieces.

I was so thrilled with the way the coral and purple stripes turned out that I decided to paint a couple different versions of this pattern. Here is an image of the photo frame I painted for a 4″ x 6″ photo:

4x6 Frame Purple and Coral Stripe Vertical bright

The final canvas I painted in this series is in my 3.5″ x 7″ format. I decided to mix it up a bit and vary the size of the coral and purple stripes. Here is an image of the canvas:

3.5x7 Purple and Coral Stripe

I really love this pattern. I think the colors are beautiful against each other and the variety of line size made it a perfect opportunity for me to experiment with different stitches, fibers, and beads. It inspired me to make a stitch guide, stitch it up, and have it finished into a cosmetics bag or eyeglass case. The image below shows the canvas completely stitched and ready to be sent off to the finisher.

EG-002 completely stitched


The stitches on this canvas were a lot of fun and would be good for an intermediate or advanced stitcher. I will have a stitch guide available soon in my shop. I am trying to wait patiently for the piece to return from the finishers and will post photos of the completed finished product once it has returned to me, so stay tuned!