Catherine Coleman

I fell in love with Catherine's designs on my first trip to Kelowna, B.C.  There is a needlework store there called Hummingbird Cottage Crafts that carried a few of her designs.  I bought one that year, and a couple more the next.  The next year I bought all they had.  Since then I've started hunting on-line for them.  I have a lot of them, but I know there have to be more!  Some of them I never plan on stitching, but will collect them.  :)  There is no Catherine Coleman website, but I've photographed the charts I have so you can see what she's done.  My LibraryThing list has all the patterns I now own.  They are not for sale; if you're looking to purchase them I would suggest doing a google search or look on eBay. 

Below are Catherine Coleman Items that I've stitched:

 


January                                                                                                     February

July

These ornaments are from the Royal Millennium Collection.




"My collection of Easter Eggs."


"King Robert Egg"

This design is from the "Easter Egg Heirloom to Treasure" series. Number Eight!

Threads are: Kreinik #16 029, #8 012, Needle Necessities 183 overdyed floss, Rainbow Gallery Neon Rays N88, Fyre Werks Soft Sheen FT19.

Stitched in April 2006.  Finished in May 2006 with satin backing, satin ribbon trim layered with custom twisted cording and satin ribbons.

 


"Princess Nadine Egg"

This design is from the "Easter Egg Heirloom to Treasure" series. Catherine Coleman has several of these eggs, and they're all lovely! This is the sixth one I've stitched.

This one is stitched on 18 count mono canvas in lilac. The threads are Kreinik lavender braid, Caron Collection Watercolours and Rachel, Rainbow Gallery Patina, and Kreinik gold braid. Beads are Mill Hill.  The design called for a lot of french knots, so I substituted pearl petite Mill Hill beads.  It took over two packages of beads.

I stitched this in the fall of 2005; it was definitely the most time-consuming of the eggs I've stitched!  The backing is a light pink silk dupioni fabric.  Side trim is a flat brocade ribbon with twisted cording added on each side.  The bow is satin and brocade ribbon.

 


"Lady Brabourne Egg"

"Once a Patricia, Always a Patricia"


This design is from the "Easter Egg Heirloom to Treasure" series. Catherine Coleman has several of these eggs, and they're all lovely! This is the fifth one I've stitched.

This one is stitched on 24 count white congress cloth. The threads are DMC Pearl Cotton, gold Kreinik, and DMC Gold Fil or Clair. The beads are Mill Hill.  The pearls are from SJ Designs.



I stitched this in August 2005. It took about 5 days of stitching. The backing fabric is a cotton print and trims were purchased to match. I really love the colors in this egg!

 



"Coronation Egg"  Finished #1 - given to Dawn Boyd.
This design is from the "Easter Egg Heirloom to Treasure" series. Catherine Coleman has several of these eggs, and they're all lovely! This is the fourth one I've stitched.

This one is stitched on 18 count mono canvas in butter. The threads are Rainbow Gallery Neon Rays (in a taupey-brown), Kreinik #16 brad and blending filament, and DMC floss. The beads are Mill Hill.

I stitched this in October 2004. It took about 18 hours. The backing fabric is a woven tapestry in black with gold threads and the trims were purchased to match. This one is my favorite of the four eggs.

"Coronation Egg"  Finished #2 - kept for me.

This was stitched in April 2006.  For me!



"Lady Catherine"
This design is from the "Easter Egg Heirloom to Treasure" series. Catherine Coleman has several of these eggs, and they're all lovely! This is the third one I've stitched.

This one is stitched on 18 count mono canvas in lilac. The threads are Kreinik lavender braid, Needle Necessities Overdyed floss and overdyed Rachel, DMC Pearl Cotton, and Rainbow Gallery Patina. Beads are Mill Hill.

I stitched this in August and October 2004. There was a gap because I ran out of braid and it was backordered. It took about 17 hours. The backing fabric is dark eggplant velvet, and the trims were purchased to match.



"Duchess Joan Veva"
This design is from the "Easter Egg Heirloom to Treasure" series. Catherine Coleman has several of these eggs, and they're all lovely! This is the second one I've stitched.

This one is stitched on white 28-count Anabelle fabric from Zweigart. The floral shape is stitched in purple au ver a soie (silk thread). The center of the flowers are stithed in Kreinik purple metallic braid. The specialty stitches were supposed to be stitched in an overdyed Rachellette thread from Caron, but it's been discontinued and I couldn't find the color ANYWHERE. So, after looking at hundreds of colors (literally), I substituted "Egyptian Nights" from The Thread Gatherer. Mill Hill Antique Seed Beads and SJ Designs Pearls accent the egg.

The fabric on the back of the egg is a dark puple-blue satin. The trim is a woven braid I bought to match. I stitched this in April 2004, and it took about 15 hours.



"Princess Victoria"
This design is from the "Easter Egg Heirloom to Treasure" series. Catherine Coleman has several of these eggs, and they're all lovely! I have a few of them kitted, so I'll be stitching more!

This one is stitched on pink congress cloth. The entire canvas is stitched (in the egg shape) with pink pearl cotton in a pulled specialty stitch. I then rinsed and blocked the canvas. I then stitched the pink kreinik #8 braid pattern, then attached the 3mm pearl beads. I then rinsed the canvas again so I could form it to the 6 inch egg shape.

The fabric on the back of the egg is scraps from when I made Victoria's Easter coat in 2003. The trim is white ribbon with pearl beads, and a lovely pink ribbon bow on top. Very pretty! This egg took me A LOT of stitching time, spread over five days. I stitched it in March 2004.



You can see the Catherine Coleman patterns I still have for my personal collection at http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?view=Truswell&deepsearch=catherine+coleman 
They are not for sale.  I would suggest doing a google search for her name to find a shop that still carries them; also keep checking eBay. 

You can see larger pictures below, since the ones at librarything aren't big.

The Arch Angel Gabriel

Ashley - The 1994 Angel of Peace

Buckingham Pakace - An Elegant Treasure Chest

Confederate Star

Duchess Loletta - An Easter Egg Heirloom to Treaure

The Duke of Edinburgh - First in a Series of Opulent Tassels

I Shall Fear no Evil

King Robert - An Easter Egg Heirloom to Treasure

Lady Lea - An Easter Egg Heirloom to Treasure

Princess Norah Lynn - An Easter Egg Heirloom to Treasure

Prince Timothy Tartan - A Christmas Heirloom to Treasure

Queen Elizabeth II - A Bolster Pillow with Opulent Tassels

The Royal Millennium Collection - January

The Royal Millennium Collection - February

The Royal Millennium Collection - April

The Royal Millennium Collection - July

Tea at the Empress Hotel

Towner Park Road

Windsor Castle - An Elegant Tassel


     
     
     
     
     
     

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