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Issue #23 February 2012
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FaceBookHexagon Mania!!

Do you love creating plastic canvas projects out of hexagon shapes?

 I know I do. In fact, I'm absolutely addicted to using hexagon shapes in my original designs, like the stunning peach, pink and white vase in the photo on the left.

Here's my short primer on using hexagon shapes to create a wide variety of awesome and very beautiful plastic canvas projects...

Hey there, fellow plastic canvas crafter!

I can think of 3 great reasons for using hexagon shapes in my plastic canvas projects.

Reason #1: Hexagon shapes are fun and easy to work with. And there are literally hundreds of creative projects you can make using hexagon shapes, including vases, doilies, coasters, totes, wreaths, keepsake boxes, and many others

Reason #2: By their very nature, finished hexagon projects tend to stand out far more than classic square plastic canvas projects, because of the unique and always eye-catching geometric designs they allow you to work with!    

Reason #3: And because hexagon projects are always so eye-catching and unique, they're great for entering into competitions at fairs, or selling at crafts shows.

In fact, the spring fair and crafts season is soon upon us. So now's the time to get started if you'd like to make a project that will really catch a judge's attention!

Hexagon Shapes on My Etsy.com Store!

And because of that, I'm very happy to announce I'm now carrying 5" plastic canvas hexagon shapes on my Etsy Store, at a very reasonable price!

You can't find them at Walmart anymore. And even when they're available at Michael's, JoAnn's or Hobby Lobby, there's usually only a few in stock - barely enough to finish a single project. And often, they're nearly $1 apiece!

But I've now got hexagon shapes in stock. And if you buy a set of 6, you can get them for just 50 cents apiece - a screaming bargain!

Unfortunately, they're so popular, the supplier was almost out. And I only received 200 of the 400 hexagon shapes I ordered.

What's more, I'm told I won't get the other 200 until the end of February, or maybe even later.

So if you're like me and you love doing hexagon projects, be sure to get them now while I've got still some in stock on my Etsy.com store. 

A Short Primer On

Using Hexagon Shapes!

To make this beautiful peach, pink and white Hexagon Flower Vase, start with four uncut Hexagon shapes, like the one below.

 

 

Cut all four hexagons in half, as shown below. That will give you a total of eight pieces.

 

 

Cut one piece of regular 7 count plastic canvas 18 x 18 for you bottom.  

 

 

Then work four halves in the colors you choose, and whipstitch all four together. Make sure the small ends face down.

Next, whipstitch this to the bottom 18 x 18 piece, as shown below.

 

Then work the other four halves, and whipstitch all four together, this time making sure the small ends face up.

Cut four pieces of regular 7 count plastic canvas 3 x 18 and whipstitch this to the top. This is the rim (see photo below).  

 

Finally, tack it down by tying a knot on all four corners with a small piece of yarn just to hold both halves in place, as shown in the photo below.

Then whipstitch the halves together.

Finally, put a piece of Styrofoam inside the vase and add your flowers.

 

Below, I'll show you some more examples of how these wonderful hexagon shapes were used to create some astonishingly eye-catching and functional finished projects...

A Hexagon Tote Bag

You'll Love to Create!

If you're looking for a unique hexagon project to work right now, here's a stunning original pattern that's available inexpensively on my Etsy.com store:

A beautiful Kaleidoscope Tote Bag made from sixteen plastic canvas hexagon shapes.

 

(Click the above link to see this pattern on my Etsy store. Each pattern is in full color, with color graphs and step by step instructions.)

As you can see, each shape is stitched in accord with the pattern, using very bright colors.

 

Then, all sixteen shapes are stitched together to form the tote. Once stitched together, they create another eye-catching geometric pattern within the overall pattern, as you can see in the top photo.

This is the beauty of using hexagon shapes to make plastic canvas projects. By their very nature they're inevitably some of the most eye-catching projects you'll ever make!

2 Super-Cool Cat Toys

Made From Hexagram Shapes!

Here are two more very simple and wonderfully functional hexagon projects. These are for all of my fellow cat lovers...

 

Jinx Cat Ball made from four plastic canvas hexagon shapes. (Your cat will absolutely love batting it around!)

 

(Click the above link to see this pattern on my Etsy store. Each pattern is in color, with color graphs and step by step instructions.)

Here's how to make the Jinx Cat Ball: Cut four hexagon shapes in half. Then cut all the halves at all the seams, so you'll get six triangles from each hexagon.

 

Then cut those triangles to 9x9x9 (as shown below), work each triangle with the colors of your choosing, and finally whipstitch all the triangles together.  

 

Full instructions to complete the Jinx Cat Ball are on my Etsy store.

Here's my newly listed Peek-A-Boo Cat Toy made from two plastic canvas hexagon shapes.

 

Put a jingle bell inside, and your cat will never tire of playing with it!

(Click the above link to see this pattern on my Etsy store. Each pattern is in color, with color graphs and step by step instructions.)

Here's the basics:

Cut two hexagon shapes in half. Cut the halves at the seams so you'll get six triangles from each hexagon.

 

Cut those triangles to 12 x 12 x 12. Cut the triangular peep-hole shape out of the middle of each 12 x 12 x 12 triangle, as shown in the photo below.  

 

Finally, work each triangle with the colors of your choosing, and then whipstitch all the triangles together.

Full instructions to complete this project are on my Etsy store. 

Hexagon Vases!

Here are some beautiful Vases made from hexagon shapes, which you can fill with your favorite flowers for any special occasion.

There are made from four plastic canvas hexagon shapes.

(Click on the photos of these projects on my Etsy.com store, and you can enlarge them for better viewing of the details!)

Versatile White Ice Vase 

This vase is made all white for a very special reason:

 

Each time a new holiday comes around just remove the flowers and embellishments, and add new ones for the new holiday.

In fact it doesn't even need to be a new holiday; you can change the flowers to match the décor of any room in your home.

As you can see from these two photos, it's very easy to change the entire look of the vase simply by changing the flowers and embellishments.

In fact, it will take you less than 10 minutes to change it around if you have your other flowers and embellishments handy.

Click the above link to see this pattern on my Etsy store. Each pattern is in color, with color graphs and step by step instructions.  

 

 

Pretty Flowers Vase 

If you've never made a project using fabric and plastic canvas, you're in for a treat.

This unique flower vase using brightly colored fabric to fill in the center triangles will be one that is truly a conversation piece.

 

Everyone will be amazed at how you did that!

Click the above link to see this pattern in greater detail on my Etsy store. As always, each pattern is in color, with color graphs and step by step instructions.

Hexagon Shapes Rock!

I hope you got some great ideas for doing hexagon projects from the brief explanations and handful of examples above.

Hexagon shapes are fun and easy to work with. And there are literally hundreds of creative projects you can work with them.

As I mentioned earlier, by their very nature, finished hexagon projects tend to stand out far more than classic square plastic canvas projects. That's because of the unique geometric design opportunities they offer.    

And because they're so eye-catching and unique, they're great for entering into competitions at fairs or selling at crafts shows. The spring fair season is soon upon us, so now's the time to get started!

In an upcoming ezine I'll discuss the basics of entering your projects into competitions in local, county and state fairs, and bringing home the blue ribbon every time.

Until then...  


Best regards, and Happy stichin'!

Kathy 

Kathy Barwick
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