When we start a new cross stitch project, it is generally a given that you will work on Aida, linen or similar. However, we are seeing a growing trend in working with plastic canvas.
During our October Craft Sanctuary Lucie Heaton worked some beautiful cross stitch Japanese lanterns onto plastic canvas. It created a beautiful sturdy design that could be used for bookmarks, keychains, badge pin etc.
Lucie also wrote a brilliant blog post for us where she gave her top tips for working with plastic canvas. You can read that guest blog here.
Lucie says ‘Plastic canvas is a lightweight plastic mesh, punched with holes that resemble needlepoint canvas or Aida, it’s available in different counts just like fabric and although it is available in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes it is usually supplied as an A4 sheet.
The fab thing about plastic canvas is that it’s easy to stitch on, it’s inexpensive, it will not rip, fray or shrink and the finished stitching can be cut out to make fun shapes that have so many uses from a simple ornament, key chain decoration, bookmarks, badges, coasters or even joined together to make more complicated 3 dimensional objects such a boxes or baskets‘.
There are many different projects you can make with plastic canvas. We wanted to share some of our favourites from SewandSo and around the web.
- Cat Plastic Canvas Bag Kit – This is the perfect project for all your WIPs.
- Paisley Purse Plastic Canvas – A stylish project for crafting on the go.
- Easter Egg Ornaments – This set of Easter decorations would look lovely hung on an easter tree for beautiful spring decor.
Have you worked with plastic canvas before? We would love to see your projects. Tag us on social media using @sewandsouk and #SewandSo. You can get your plastic canvas sheets in various counts online now and get started with this fun material.