Issue #18 August 2011
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Kathy Barwick

How to Get In On These FREE "Follow-Along" Patterns From Kathy Barwick!

I love giving away some of the original plastic canvas patterns I've designed.


In fact, I've recently started posting "follow-along" purse patterns on my Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Group on Facebook.


And this month's purse pattern is a real beauty! You can read more about it, below...


Hi, Kathy Barwick here for www.AddictedToPlasticCanvas.com...

Once again I've got a few brand new "follow-along"patterns I think you'll enjoy making!


Don't miss out!


Each pattern will be posted to the wall of my Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Community on Facebook, one section at a time, day-by-day, until the complete pattern has been posted.


Upcoming Purse Follow-Along Pattern...


For example, I'll start posting the instructions for my new Purple Passion Purse (see below) on August 15th.(There will be others later.)


Purple Passion Purse




You can follow along and work the pattern day-by-day as I post the instructions. Or, you can save the instructions to a file as I post them, if you want to stitch the purse at a later time.


Please...No "Sharing"...


All I ask is that these special follow-along patterns are not shared, scanned, or distributed in any form.


They are my original patterns...they are copyrighted by me...and I alone hold the rights to distribute them to others.


Each purse pattern will stay posted on my wall until all of the instructions have been given to complete the purse.


Then I will extend the time for one week after the final set of instructions have been posted. At that time, I'll post the date that the pattern will be removed, so you'll have plenty of time to finish up.


Once the pattern has been removed from the wall of my Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Community on Facebook, it will then be listed on my Etsy store and will no longer be available for free.


Materials Needed:


For the Purple Passion Purse pictured above, you'll need to purchase the following materials before-hand, through your regular sources, if you'll be following-along and working the pattern as I post the instructions on my Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Community on Facebook:


  • 5 oz red heart super saver #0942 melonberry
  • 2 skeins needloft yarn #64 bright purple
  • 2.5 oz sugar'n cream # 01317 hot purple
  • 2.5 oz sugar'n cream # 00042 tea rose
  • 5 yds elastic sparkle stretch cord #88371
  • 10 yds needloft iridescent white craft cord    
  • 1 clasp and 1 purse form pictured below
  • One piece of fabric of your choice 8 X 14


13 x 14 inch Purse Form, available from: http://www.etsy.com/listing/75722489/13-by-14-plastic-canvas-purse-form 






Small Oval Bag Clasps -- Brass Plated 

Available TandyLeather.com

From $3.49 ea

Phone: 817-872-3200
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST  


So, don't forget. Watch my Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Community on Facebook starting August 15th, if you want to follow-along with everyone on this free original pattern!


3 Brand New Kathy Barwick Original

Purse Patterns Now Available on Etsy!


And if you just can't wait to get started on a purse pattern, here are three brand new purse patterns available on my Etsy store. (Not available anywhere else - sorry, no free follow-along on these three purses!)


Petite Purple Purse



Poke a Dot and Stripes Purse




Pretty Pastels Purse




Each purse is made using a 13" x 14" plastic canvas Purse Form, which is also available on my Etsy store.


Little girls love to dress up like Mommy! So why not make a matching set, one for you and one for your daughter (or granddaughter)?


You can even choose your own colors, rather than use the colors I've chose, if you like. Example: the purse pictured below is the same pattern as the Petite Purple Purse above.


It was made by a Facebook friend who followed the pattern but used her own choice of colors.


She also glued a button on the front to give an added touch of elegance.


You can add your own unique touches to these elegant and beautiful purses, too!


Have You Checked Out

My Etsy Store Lately?


By the way, I now have over 960 plastic canvas crafts items listed on my Etsy Store, in addition to these new patterns.


These include 58 of my own original patterns, plus 58 more original patterns by Robyn Watson and Lori Steinman.


Plus, there are over 800 hard-to-find patterns (the actual patterns, not photocopies) from the old Annie's Attic International Pattern Club and other great sources, along with lots and lots of essential plastic canvas supplies!


So be sure to take a few moments and visit my Etsy Store today. You won't be disappointed!



Featured Artists:

Robyn Watson and Lori Steinman


Finally, my two featured plastic canvas crafts designers, Robyn Watson and Lori Steinman, have been hard at work designing new original plastic canvas projects that will blow you away.


Here are three new patterns from Robyn, followed by three new patterns from Lori:


3 New Patterns From Robyn Watson...


Robyn Watson's patterns have been real favorites among avid plastic canvas crafters, and her latest creations are no different.


"Happy Trails" Travel Trailer Tissue Topper


I know this is one pattern a lot of you have been waiting for. This is so darn cute; I'm surprised no one has come up with it before. Leave it to Robyn and her very creative mind and hands!  





                       "Pencil Me In" Pencil Collection 

(Coaster, Magnet, Pencil Holder, Banner)


Another great idea from Robyn's creative mind. This is sure to brighten up any desk, at work, home or at school.



"It's in the Mail" Tissue Topper with Stamp Slots  


What a perfect way to stash your stamps! You'll never forget where you put them. Another Robyn Watson original!




3 Brand New Patterns

from Lori Steinman...


Leave it to Lori to capture the essence of the Cross in these three breathtakingly beautiful new patterns that are perfect for the home, or as a special project for Christmas or other Christian holidays!


Stunning Silver Cross  




 Golden Glory Cross  




Cross Your Heart... Cross  




Lori's cross patterns are always extremely popular among plastic canvas crafters, and you can certainly see why from the three new crosses above.


Each of these brand new patterns are available right now in the Featured Artist section of my Etsy Store - along with hundreds of other patterns in other sections -- so be sure and go there to check them all out!


And above all, I truly hope you truly enjoy the FREE "follow-along" purse patterns I'll be posting to my Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Community on Facebook, starting with the Purple Passion Purse featured at the top of this ezine, on August 15th!

Best regards, and Happy stichin'!


Kathy Barwick
Your Plastic Canvas Crafts Coach 


P.S. I've been buying more of the older, classic and difficult-to-find plastic canvas patterns to post for sale on my Etsy store, whenever I can find them.


They're getting harder and harder to find. But some of the latest ones I've added are truly one-of-a-kind. So be sure to check them out while they're still available.


Also, I've had several inquiries for certain patterns after they've already sold. If you see a pattern that has been sold and is not relisted, that means I don't have another. It's gone. That's the problem with these older, classic patterns. People snap them up as soon as they see them!


P.P.S. Have you joined my Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Community yet? If you haven't done so, be sure to join with me and over 600 other hard-core plastic canvas crafts addicts on my Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Community on Facebook -  


-- where you can exchange ideas, show off your most recently worked projects, and get great ideas and lots of inspiration from looking at the projects posted by other experienced plastic canvas crafters!


Plus, you can ask and answer questions, learn new techniques, discover new ways to embellish your projects, and make TONS of like-minded friends in the process!  


It's fun and exciting, and we even play online Bingo in which you can win FREE plastic canvas patterns, and there's no cost to play!  


And of course we have the FREE follow along patterns.


So what are you waiting for? Join my Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Community on Facebook, and get in on all of the fun!


Helpful Links:


5 FREE Plastic Canvas Crafts Patterns 

Join Kathy's Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Community on Facebook 

Visit Kathy's Etsy Store 

Follow Kathy on Facebook 

Visit Kathy's Krafty Kat Blog 

Read Kathy's Plastic Canvas Crafts Ezines