Wednesday WIPs – Shelibean Blanket & Plastic Canvas Tray

1st Wednesday of 2021 Work(s) In Progress – WIP
I decided to dive right in and start a couple of projects for the new year. I’m determined to get back to crafting again. I’ve been idle too long.

WIP 1: I’m making or rather attempting to make a tray out of plastic canvas. I don’t have a pattern; I’m making it up as I go along. I’m using a Woven Stich. It’s slow going, but enjoyable to do.
WIP 2: I’m making Shelibean a new crochet blanket out of scraps. I don’t have a pattern. I’ll just granny around until I think it’s the right size for a Shelibean to nap on.

I wish you all joy in all your 2021 projects.
Happy Crafting.

 

 


 

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My Happy Place plastic canvas wall hanging

My craft room is my Happy Place. I go in there and get lost for hours a lot sometimes. When I saw a pattern for sale  for this ‘My Happy Place’ plastic canvas wall hanging, I knew I had to buy it. It’s was a lot of fun to make.
I’m happy to have it finished and hanging up. It makes me smile.

Finished size is 12″x14″
I used 7 count 13″x22″ plastic canvas sheet and cut it to size.
I chose different colors of yarn than the pattern has for some of the design.
I made the buttons out of polymer clay.
I made the hanger-thing with my Knifty Knitter cord loom.
This is a great project for using scrap yarn.

I hope you all find your Happy Place!

 

 

‘My Happy Place’ plastic canvas wall hanging pattern
is designed & sold by Strings Away

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Little Bear Cross stitch Project

Here’s a cross stitch project I’m working on. It’s from a little kit. It’s 18 count fabric and that’s a lot of tiny for my middle-age eyes.
I put my needle in the fabric and laid ruler and a quarter on it, to try to give you a bit of an idea of how small the stitches are. Look at the size of the stitches compared to the size of some of the print on the quarter. I’m determined to finish this project this weekend. I’ve got it about half of the way done.

Maybe it’s just my bad luck, but over the years,  just about every cross stitch project that I’ve made from a kit that has red or reddish shades of color in it, there never seems to be enough of that color thread. In my ‘Joy In The Journey’ cross stitch project, I had to go through my embroidery thread and find a reddish color to complete that project… and now with this little project, after I finished the bow over the bear’s head, I ran out of red.  I went through my stash and found a similar color red thread to use for the decor inside of the wreath that encircles the bear. They have more of some of the colors over the amount that the pattern needs. It doesn’t take very much red color thread so I don’t understand why they didn’t add enough in.
But like I said, it’s not just this kit,  I’ve ran into a shortage of the reddish colors in some of the other kits I’ve made over the years. Like this kit, the other kits added over the amount of some of the other colors that are far more than a pattern needs, but not the reddish colors. I don’t get it. I wonder what is the deal with that. Is reddish colors so expensive that the kit makers have to dole it out minimally to save a few micro-cents. I’ve never contacted a company about it. I don’t see any reason too. I always have extra thread that’s fairly close. But I do wonder what the deal is about the shortage of reddish color thread in some of the kits I’ve used.

Have you ran in to this problem of a shortage of one or more colors in any kind of a craft kit?

Wishing you all success in your crafts and hobbies.

*I apologize for the quality of my photo.
It was hard to get an okay photo of the little project.

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WIP – Mixed Medium Project

I’m finally working on my mixed medium project.

I’ve figured out something about my creative process, I like to get the supplies for projects together and then let them set a while before I make them. I have to imagine the project in my mind and the steps I’ll take to create it. Only then am I ready to start the project. This is the part of my creative process that slows me down.
However,
Some projects I start/finish right away. I just rarely know which ones that will be.
Anyway, I hope to have this mixed medium finished soon. I’m on a role with it right now.

Wishing you all a successful Wednesday!

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