Issue #13 January 2011
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Kathy Barwick

Hey there, fellow plastic canvas crafter!


In just a moment, I'm going to introduce you to a super-talented plastic canvas designer, Robyn Watson -


-- whose designs are so clever, eye-catching and functional, I think you'll fall in love with them.  (You might even want to purchase a few!)


But first, since it's the New Year, I thought it'd be interesting to look back at 2010 for just a moment and recap some of the startling events that have taken place in regards to the world of plastic canvas crafting.


2010: A Good Year for Plastic Canvas...or Bad?


Wal-Mart Stops Carrying Plastic Canvas -- As a crafter who's absolutely addicted to doing plastic canvas I could hardly believe Wal-Mart stopped carrying canvas.  


Indeed, when I first heard about this, I thought it was bunk.


So I called the managers of every Wal-Mart I knew of within an hour's drive of my home, only to be told Wal-Mart would indeed be discontinuing the sale of plastic canvas.


Fortunately, canvas is still readily available at stores like Hobby Lobby and A.C. Moore. And you can find it on-line; I even sell it on my Etsy store at this link. 



Hexagon Shaped Canvas Discontinued? -- Another shocker! When I went looking for the canvas hexagon shapes I use to make really cool purses and vases, I couldn't find any. 


There were none to be found through the usual sources:  Darice had discontinued it.  Michael's was out.  And the only other store in my area - Hobby Lobby -- is an hour and a half away. I called and they only had 4 pieces, hardly worth the drive.


 But thank goodness I did find it on-line at Annie's Attic. Here's the link. 



Needloft Yarn Discontinued?  Likewise, I couldn't believe it when I found out Needloft yarn has apparently been discontinued.


I can't find it through any of the usual sources. 


What's more, on eBay it's going for nearly twice the regular retail price! 


In fact, I did a search on eBay and found these three 2oz colors being offered, with the bid at $18.50.  You could get them for less than $10.00 a few months ago. Unreal!


Thankfully, Annie's Attic has come out with over 40 different colors of yarn, called Annie's Choice.  You can find them at this link. 




What's Going On?


So what's going on?  Why does it seem like it's getting harder and harder to find needed plastic canvas crafts supplies? 


I don't know.  Maybe the recession is taking its toll on crafts businesses. 


But...on my Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Group on Facebook (click here to join - it's FREE!) there are over 1,850 members from around the country.  And we all keep each other informed as to the very best sources for plastic canvas supplies...specials...great deals...and more. 


So, if you haven't joined with us already, here's another great reason to do so:  You'll be kept up-to-date on the best places to find plastic canvas supplies, and the very best deals available!


Do You Like FREE Stuff?


Here are two more great reasons to join my FREE Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Group on Facebook:


1.    Win FREE Patterns -- Throughout the past year group members played a total of 16 games, including Bingo games, guessing games, search games, and more.  The prizes are FREE plastic canvas crafts patterns - either my original designs, or sometimes even from my personal stash of difficult-to-find classic patterns from the major crafts publishers. Since last year I've given away a total of 31 plastic canvas patterns to lucky winners. You could be next. It's FREE to join, and it's FREE to play.


2.    Get Links to FREE Patterns -- I regularly post links on the group Wall to some of my original plastic crafts patterns, along with full instructions for working them.  Sometimes I even write extensive blog posts explaining new techniques for making eye-catching plastic canvas projects.  So if you're not a member of the Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Group on Facebook, you're really missing out on all of this!  Join here, for FREE!   And just to show you I'm not kidding about all of these FREEBIES, check out the links below:


·         Free playing Card Holder

·         Free Baby Shower Basket

·         Free Character Fabric Tissue Box

·         Free Tiny Treasures Valentine Box

·         Free Christmas Mantle Decorations

·         Free Christmas Gift Tag Ornaments

·         Free Tiny Treats Christmas Candy Box

·         Free Tiny Trinkets Christmas Ornament

·         Free Sponge Bob Instructions

·         Free Hello Kitty Instructions


Update On My Book: 

Plastic Canvas Crafts Secrets


I know you've been waiting patiently for my book, Plastic Canvas Crafts Secrets, to be completed.  I very much appreciate your patience.


Nevertheless, some crafters have expressed frustration that it's not yet available.   


Well, I'm frustrated too.  In fact, getting a book published is one of the most exasperating processes I've ever been through. It's almost as bad as child birth, where you've got the doctors, nurses and attendants standing there looking down at your stark naked body, and you're just laying their helpless wishing they'd just finish so you can get on with your life.


I never in a million years thought it would take so long to get a book published. I now know the average time to get a book published after the author is through writing it is 3 years.  Had I known that when I started, I'm not sure I'd have ever written the book.


After all, I could have sold the vast majority of those 65 original plastic canvas projects to the major crafts publishers, and made my money already.  But they're special...and I've reserved them for the book alone.  


Getting a book published is just a long and tedious process.  But I've made some progress and we're almost there. 


At this point, the publisher has asked me to write a whole new chapter on selling original patterns through Etsy.com, so inexperienced crafters who might want to set up shop for themselves and sell their own patterns will know how to do so. 


Thankfully, I'm almost done with that (hopefully final) new chapter.  And then...fingers crossed...it goes back into the editing process to be made ready for publication!


Believe me; I'm working hard to make sure that when it's finally published and available for distribution, it's a book everyone will find well worth the wait.


Meantime, while we're all waiting, I'm doing my best to give plastic canvas crafters lots of great information and ideas.  I do this through my blog, my ezine, and my Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Group on Facebook -- all of which I provide FREE of charge! 


My Etsy.com Store


During the past year I've also wanted to share some of my most recent original plastic canvas designs, which is why I started my Etsy store.  


There, you'll find not only my latest patterns for sale, but also, hundreds of single patterns from my own personal stash of classic, hard-to-find plastic canvas crafts magazines and books. 


You could search eBay for weeks or even months to find some of these classic patterns, and still not find them. 


But...they're on my group, and they're very reasonably priced.  (And you don't have to go through a nerve-wracking bidding war to get them.)



Meet Robyn Watson


Finally, as promised, I want to introduce you to Robyn Watson, a member of my Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Group on Facebook whose original patterns have created quite a stir.


She's a talented and creative plastic canvas crafts designer I've had my eye on for a long time now. 


In fact, I've been watching her work closely ever since she first started posting photos of her finished projects - based upon her own original patterns -- on my Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Group on Facebook back in February of 2010.


The response to Robyn's work was overwhelming from the start. Everyone wanted the patterns to her finished projects!


Only one problem:  the patterns hadn't been created yet.


Like me, Robyn designs her original plastic canvas projects in her head, then works them, and only afterwards creates the patterns!


Well the GREAT news is this:  Robyn has finished the patterns to what I believe are seven of her very best original projects. 


And you can view them on my Esty store at this special link.  


Colorful, Unique, Delightful, Charming and Functional


I think you'll agree with me that Robyn is a very talented plastic canvas crafts designer.  Her finished projects are not only unique and delightful to look at, but very functional as well.


You can rest assured you'll be hearing a lot more from Robyn Watson in the plastic canvas world as time goes on.


Below is a sneak peak of the designs you'll find at this link with full color patterns and colored graphs listed on my Etsy store:



As you can see, Robyn is a very gifted plastic canvas crafts designer.  Her projects are very popular. And they're assured to brighten up any home.


If you're as enthused as I am about Robyn's projects, be sure to pick up a few of them on her special link at my Etsy store.


Do You Have What It Takes

To Create and Sell Your Own Patterns?


Do you have what it takes to create and sell your own original patterns?


I'm looking for new plastic canvas artists to feature on my Etsy store.


To be considered, all you have to do is join my Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Group (it's FREE) and start posting pictures of your finished projects, based on your original designs.


I keep a close watch on the finished projects that are posted to the Group, looking to see what kind of feedback is given on each one.


If the finished projects are unique and eye-catching, and if there's a large response from people saying they'd like to have the pattern -


-- then I'll consider sending an invitation to the designer, along with a contract and a proposal to sell the original patterns on my Etsy.com store, just like I am doing for Robyn Watson now.


So I look forward to this New Year, and hope I'll be working with you on a more personal level, if you're an experienced designer interested in selling your original plastic canvas patterns.

Best regards, and Happy stichin'!


Kathy Barwick
Your Plastic Canvas Crafts Coach


P.S.  My newest Bingo game will start February 1st.  The winner will get their pick of any pattern under $10 on my Etsy.com store, (excluding Robyn Watson's patterns). 


You must be a member of my Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Group on Facebook to play. So please click here to go to Facebook and join me and over 1,850 other hard-core plastic canvas crafts addicts who love to create plastic canvas crafts projects and share what we're working on with each other. 


Helpful Links:


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