A candy bowl is a dish to display and serve candy in.  They are generally put out when guests come over.  I remember them always being put out by my grandparents and other people I would visit as a child.  You know the houses, the ones with no children!  Usually they were beautiful cut glass.  They almost always had candy I liked in them and I was always offered some!

When I saw Carol Storie's Canvas Candy Bowl come out as a new Author Owned Group Correspondence Course, I thought "Wow"  I love canvas, it is practical (for some candy anyway), and it is gorgeous!

You have heard of the term "eye candy", well that is what I think these are!  The term per Wiipedia is "A slang term for attractiveness".  I usually use the term to describe nice young sexy looking hunks but you know how it is with us stitchers.... we love fibre and usually colour!  This project has both...I was drooling and it doesn't even have candy in it!

I was not too picky on the colours Carol had done it in.  Don't get me wrong, they are nice colours but don't fit in my decor.  I also decided if I was going to do it that it had to fit in an appropriate room and match the decor.  

Here is mine....can you guess what room it might fit in?  They are really rich colours.
Dianna Thorne's bowl

It goes in my library. 

Yes, I said library.

In the more recently built houses you have a family room by your kitchen.  I think it is for moms to be able to keep an eye on our little ones while cooking and doing dishes.  I did not have this type of thing until recently and I always had the kids in the basement but the door open so I could hear what was going on.  In our current house we wanted to have a very large rec room/family room and not by the kitchen.  It is our games room etc.  So, what to do with the upstairs family room.  We have hundreds of books so it became obvious what the room would be.  Any library worth its salt has lots of wood and nice rich colours.  

So here is my bowl in its new home. 

It is on an antique table between two chairs that remind my husband and I of the Archie Bunker show. 

It has a home.

While at seminar I found that many others had done the course as well and thought we should see what everyone else did for colours.  So below are more pictures of all the ones I could find. 

Some are from the EAC Virtual Threads group and some from The Victoria Guild.  I think everyone has done a fantastic job of colour choices!

completed by Anne Clinckett

by Dominique Severin
above: Both from The Embroiderers’ Guild of Victoria

above: Purple – Brenda Wilson of York Chatelaines, 
Yellow – Sue Thomas EAC Virtual Threads, 
and mine before I made it in a bowl.

Brenda Wilson's candy bowl

Brenda Wilson’s finished dish with chocolate 

Notice how she pinched her sides the reverse from the pattern!  
Neat idea!

All 3 below are Leslie Burrows, she has been busy!

Here are a few others from my guild, in various stages of completion

stitched by Judy Duke

stitched by Karen Lehman

stitching by Marie Bourgeois

Susan Harrington's work in progress

Stitched by Valerie Spring

I would like to thank Carol Storie for getting our juices flowing and bring out the colour in us!

Just my wondering thoughts….Dianna Thorne


  1. These candy bowls are absolutely gorgeous.I can't believe all the color variations.Each and everyone so unique.Thanks for sharing

  2. Carol did a fantastic job on designing and creating her fabric bowls. Great post and the pictures are super. Thanks Dianna


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