Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Update on Plastic Canvas ornaments

Have the Christmas Ornaments for the first book designed (for the most part).  There will be at least ten (10) designs - mainly geometrical shapes.  So far the profiles will produce a circle, hexagon, octagon, diamond, elongated diamond, kite, oval, navette, with a multi-tiered top and a diamond with a cavity to suspend a finial inside the ornament.  I have a few more of the shapes with a cut-out, an oval and a square. 

I can turn the kite shaped upside down and it will produce what looks like an "Apollo" bead.  The ornaments will be what I call "Vaned" ornaments.  There are a few more that I may include, but I have enough of the profiles cut for a good portion of the ornaments.  Will most likely start stitching on them this week. 

Will make six (6) vane ornaments for illustration, half the finished ornament will be plain stitching, the other half will be embellished with rhinestones, sequins, and bead.  That way I can have one ornament and produce both a plain and an embellished photo.  Later, I may cut the whip stitching and add embellishments or simply cut the threads securing the embellishment and remove them.

Over the past weekend, I went into storage and found a few items I was missing, but still have a box of crafting tools somewhere.  Found another box of beads that I had been looking for, so I have my full color pallette again of beads.

Have almost enough profiles for a book on Christmas Chandeliers from Plastic Canvas.  Have seven (7) designed but a few more can't hurt.  Still have the spoke ornaments (six at last count) I worked on 2015-6,  as well as the geometric solids (seven - not counting compound shapes), segmented shapes (five) including the fringe and fuzzy chandeliers or cones.

So, I have 35+ shapes for Plastic Canvas in 3-D.

Monday, February 6, 2017

PC Chandelier

A new design in my exploration of plastic canvas ornaments. So far I have seven (7) different profiles for chandeliers and they can have 3, 4, 5 or 6 vanes. This is a 4 vane. Before the chain and pearl drop embellishments were the ornament is just shy of 6 inches across and 3 inches tall.  With the chain, pearl drop, and hanger it is roughly 6"x6".  Was thinking about adding additional pearl drop to the jump-rings which attached the chain but maybe later.  Used #5 crochet thread for the main stitching (roughly 5 yards per panel) and the the Yarn Bee Diamond Fetching as the edging (roughly 12 yards).

One of the things I have to remember is to really tightly sew the sequin and gold bead embellishment on tightly.  When doing the final stitching, some of them became loose and I had to re-stitch to tighten.  Next one I am thinking again white thread for the major stitching but with a red border and red sequins with white pearl beads.

Was thinking about making it five (5) vanes but also wanted to get it finished.  Really like how the finished ornament came out.

Most likely will be the ornament given in the 2017 Feb-April Ornament Exchange.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Plastic Canvas 2017

Over the Christmas Holiday, I received a commission for 25 to 30 assorted ornaments.  Will do approximately 10 of the Tri-Square ornaments like I gave out in 2016 but with different embellishment and designs.  I have designed and am currently working on prototypes for several different Chandelier ornaments out of plastic canvas.  Also have designs in Platonic solids and Euclid solids for plastic canvas.  Haven't decided if all of these ornaments will be out of plastic canvas or maybe a mixture of the various ornaments I have created over the years.  Will depend on several factors.  The plastic canvas ornaments take longer to create, but I am enjoying designing and choosing the various embellishments to be used.  Coming up with solutions when it comes to joining the various pieces together came to me one night while trying to go to sleep, the Right Side of my Brain showed me not to try to join them all at once but to join to facing sides first then after joining all of the pieces into groups of two pieces each the stitch the wrong sides together working my way around the ornament.  After joining the two facing each other, I can stitch in the embellishments such as sequins and rhinestones.  Then after the final joining, I will be able to add chain segments, finial drops and any final embellishment.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Additional Tri-Square ornaments Part 2

Finished four more and edited the photos.  Last night I kept thinking about how to do plastic canvas chandeliers other the the fuzzy chandelier and the fringe chandelier I have done in the past.

Have ordered over 1,000 additional rhinestones, luckily they won't arrive until after the holidays.

Everyone seemed to  like the Tri-Square ornaments.  Following are additional photos of the ornaments from 2016.

My sister received these:

Godson Jimmy and his wife, Hayley received these four on their first Christmas as Husband and Wife.

Co-worker 's daughters  received the following two:

This was given to the daughter of an employee who works for one of our printing suppliers and has received several other of my ornaments, all in Pink and Purple.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Finished editing one of the plastic canvas Tri-Square ornament. Color corrected. Working on getting photographed and edited three more variations of the design. Will gave all four as a Christmas present to a couple of got married in October of this year.

Have one more variation in this series but the teardrop drop rhinestone doesn't fit in area.  So will complete with either an oval or circle.

Monday, November 28, 2016

It was August since I updated.

Here are some of the ornaments I have been working on.  My partners in the Yearly Ornament Exchange received this ornament design which I call "Tri-Square".

Here are a few more variations using the Tri Square design.  Adding sew-on rhinestones to embellish.  Will add chain and bead dangles before gifting them.