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« on: February 24, 2006 11:37:47 AM »

I'm hugely into plastic canvas and have been doing it for about 8 years (since i was 10).

Lately i cant find it anywhere, i can find the actual canvas but no new patterns. I've been able to find one store in my area that sells patterns, and out of curiosity i looked at the dates on the books, the latest one i could find was from 1992. I think i'm into a dying craft, at least in my area. Ive managed to find Annies Attic magazine from texas and got a subscription, but it would be nice to find somewhere to buy patterns closer to home (southern ontario).

Well, now that my frustrated rant is over....

I'm working on a doll house right now and might have it completed by the time my friends daughter is old enough to play with it (she's about 5 months old)

Does anyone else work with plastic canvas? What kind of stuff do you make out of it and what are you currently working on?
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2006 12:10:13 PM »

Hey, I thought I was the only semi-young plastic canvaser left!

When I was a little kid I got old hand-me-down plastic canvas magazines, but I agree, since I started making stuff again in 2005 it's seriously hard to find patterns that interest me...another Kleenex book cover!? Smiley On a trip to Buffalo, I went into a big craft store I'd never seen in Canada (I'm also an Eastern Ontarian) and they had some, but as far as Michael's goes, nuthin'!

What I got back into was Barbie furniture (even without kids to play with it!). When I was younger I started a shopping boutique from a pattern book. So to find those pattern books again I searched "fashion doll plastic canvas" on e-bay and I've been able to buy patterns for between 0.99 and about $9.00. I've bought a bedroom a set, a country kitchen, a Christmas tree, a nursery, a wing-back armchair. Then...a MIRACLE! I was back at my parents' house and found the old boutique and a hair salon book hiding in my old craft totes! JOY! So far I've made the armchair and the nursery and gotten into other non-PC things like sewing and felt, but I'm sure I'll still dabble occasionally.

Anyway, I'm afraid we are into a slowly dying craft, since besides the Annie's Attic magazines, I don't find any new patterns either. But hey, those big elaborate doll houses are AMAZING! I salute your dedication!

~Mel
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2006 03:19:21 PM »

OMG, ebay! I cant believe i didnt think of that, i'm even a member and it never crossed my mind to look!  Shocked  Holy brain fart, lol.
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2006 06:25:26 PM »

try looking for needlepoint, a lot of those patterns can be adapted pretty easily.  At least that's where my SO late grandmother did for inspiration.


anymore all I use plastic canvas for is as a substitute for buckram for Renaissance hats... it can take rain, buckram can't.

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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2006 08:16:29 AM »

Try www.marymaxim.com
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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2006 08:21:05 AM »

I love plastic canvas! I have made everything out of it! I usually draft my own patterns because I can never find very good patterns. I'll have to look at that site above.  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2006 09:13:13 AM »

I  Love  canvas too but like  many others I have a  really hard time  finding fun patterns. But  I  just type in "FREE PLASTIC CANVAS PATTERNS" on my search engine (copernic agent is the best ever search engine it combines a bunch in one! If you don't have it you can get it free and even customize it some to suit you.  http://www.copernic.com/ )

and I just  browse  for  hours and  save the  ones I want  and  delete the rest.

Here's a few I have done .

My brother was always in trouble for  emptying his pockets on his end table by his chair (sis in law is  a neat freak)  anyway  so I made this for him  to empty his pockets into.
I  added  a few  extra little  silly things  that  were joke stuff between teh 2 of us.


Made this set for my other brother when he got married ( after the divorce I got it back and removed teh side panel on the binder and made one with my last name it is now MY wedding album)


Made this for Brotehr (first one mentioned)  the 13th anniversay I used embroidery floss to hand sew on the date and some mush love  words.  they added personal photos.


Friend has 3 kids sharing a room so I made this for the kids each dangling ballon below their name on one side  says in on other side says out  so they  could  show  who was in the room and  who  not. 

Not a  good  pic  I know  but  it  shows  a  bit.
These are candle holders,  Indian boy and girl there si a canoe also  in the canoe I addeda  few hand painted wooden bowls, a mini bow and arrow set, a few pieces of fake fur tied in bundles, and  a few other miscelanious items  and then the  wagon  had little "water barrel" and food boxes.


and then  my personal favorite. this papertowel holer is musical also.... poke its eyes and one played the Mmmmm ggod toon from cambels soup commercials  and the  other eye  played  amazing graze........

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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2006 05:50:55 PM »

I do some stuff here and there with canvas because it can be fun -- nothing really difficult like the tackle box and stuff. Mostly I do wall hangings, but like someone else said I use cross stitch patterns and the occassional latch hook pattern. I think canvas has sorta died, but give it time. It seems like all the crafts are making it back into popularity so it's probably only a matter of time before books and stuff start popping up like crazy again.

My most recent project was I used the charts/graphs at http://www.dot-s.net/product/index.html and made all the Zelda ones and hung them on our wall like old style portraits. Yes, it's exceptionally nerdy, I know lol.
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2011 09:12:49 AM »

i've only ever used a pattern that wasn't my own, once (back when i got my first plastic canvas kit) other then that, i just create my own patterns for what i  need...
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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2011 07:08:58 PM »

It is sooo hard to find good patterns sometimes, you're right. I often use cross stitch charts. The only thing about that is to remember they will be larger unless you are using that tiny canvas. No big, just allow for the difference. I didn't once Tongue - ended having to piece together the canvas to be big enough, lol.
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