Friday, March 6, 2015

Teaching Needlepoint with Plastic Canvas Projects

Until I stumbled across Jenny Henry's posting about a plastic canvas clutch form used to make a purse from one of Jenny's counted canvaswork charts, I had no idea that plastic canvas purse forms were available.   The project (described in the second link below) looks like a fun way to introduce beginners to needlepoint.
https://jennyhenrydesigns.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/diy-union-jack-needlepoint-clutch-by-tara/

http://www.craftsunleashed.com/craft-basics-main/diy-clutch-plastic-canvas/

I found the plastic canvas form itself and the clasp hardware on the Sunshine Crafts website.  The plastic canvas form in the photo looks black but apparently it is on the clear plastic canvas according to the description.
http://www.sunshinecrafts.com/c/PC

I found Joann's Fabrics has a plastic canvas tote bag kit that is equally fun.
http://www.joann.com/cat-tote-bag-plastic-canvas-kit-12inx13inx9in/1494897.html#q=plastic+canvas&start=38

Apparently Walmart carries a plastic mesh purse form that is meant to be used for crochet but it looks like it will work for some needlepoint stitches.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/10575884?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222227000016922&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=40939527272&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=78876222272&veh=sem

You can see everything but the tote bag form on Lacis' website.  Apparently the clutch comes in two sizes.
http://lacis.com/catalog/data/AE_PurseFramesPlasticMeshBagsHats.html#TM23

With spring break coming up (and a lot of enforced days out of school due to the snow), this might be a neat way to keep those kids occupied and introduce them to your passion simultaneously.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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