Brand NEW: Plastic Canvas Patterns from Clip Art!
They say you can't teach old dogs new tricks. Well, that's not necessarily so.
For example, I've always been one to design plastic canvas patterns out of my own imagination.
But my good friend Lissa Mitchell recently taught me how to transform inexpensive clip art images into beautiful plastic canvas wall hangings for baby's rooms, children's bedrooms, or even for dens, kitchens or living rooms.
Some of my brand new wall-hanging patterns are available for sale right now on my Etsy Store. Just click the link to view them.
But here's the good news: If you're an experienced plastic canvas stitcher, I'm going to reveal - directly below - how you can get some of these brand new wall hanging patterns from me, absolutely FREE, just for helping me out!
Check out Ella the Elephant, above. This is one of my newest plastic canvas creations.
But unlike most of my original patterns, I created this one from the computer generated image to the right, which was originally a simple piece of clip art I purchased online.
After I made the preliminary pattern using several different computer programs, it was stitched for me by Chrissy Cox, using one sheet of 7 count plastic canvas.
As you can see from the photo of the finished piece at the top of the page, Chrissy is a very talented plastic canvas stitcher.
Chrissy then photographed the finished piece for me, with a digital color camera, and sent me the photos so I can use them on the cover when I publish the pattern.
I Need Some Help...
Now that I'm creating even more of these colorful plastic canvas wall-hanging patterns, I'm going to need more stitchers.
So if you're an experienced and talented plastic canvas stitcher, this could be a way for you to get one (or more) of my brand new wall hanging patterns -- absolutely FREE - before I sell them to Annie's Attic, or publish them myself.
I need people to stitch the pattern, and then send me five good, clear, digital color photos of the finished, fully stitched piece.
The photos are needed so I can use them on the cover of the finalized pattern, when I post the pattern to my Etsy Store, or sell it through other plastic canvas publishers like ICGor Annie's Attic.
You keep the finished piece, of course -- FREE -- after you stitch it! I just need the color digital photos of the finished piece, so I can use them when the pattern is finalized and published.
So this is a great way for experienced stitchers to get some of my latest and most decorative plastic canvas patterns - absolutely FREE.
Here's How It Works
Whenever a stitcher is needed, I'll post an announcement on my Facebook Wall.
I'll post a computer-generated image of the project that needs to be stitched, along with the list of materials needed for the project.
For example, if my upcoming Sophie the Cat wall hanging were ready, I'd post the computer-generated image to the left on my Facebook Wall, along with the materials list and the request for a stitcher.
If you respond to my request, and are chosen (see requirements, below), I'd then email you a copy of the preliminary pattern to stitch.
It will look just like a regular plastic canvas pattern, but instead of having a photograph of the finished piece on the cover; it will have the computer generated image of the project on the cover instead.
Once you stitch the pattern, you then email me 5 clear, digital color photographs of the finished piece, so I can then publish the pattern online or in print with good, detailed photos.
Here Are Some of the Basic Rules:
You must be able to open a PDF file on your computer, because the preliminary pattern I'm going to send you by email wil be a PDF pattern.
You must have a color printer if you plan on printing out the pattern to work it. I will not mail any of these patterns.
You must have all materials, or be able to get them, at your own cost. No substitutes for yarn. The materials you use must be exactly the ones I specify when I post the request for a stitcher to my Facebook Wall.
If you're stitching for me, you must complete the project you're working on before you can get a new one. And you must complete your project on time, meaning within 30 days.
Requirements and Qualifications:
To apply for FREE patterns in return for stitching for me, here's what you have to do:
1.) Watch for me to post a request for a stitcher, on my Facebook Page. If you see a pattern you're interested in stitching for me, the do the following:
2.) Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your name, mailing address, and a photo of any finished project you've already stitched, so I can see for myself that you're a good stitcher, and that you know how to take good, color digital photos of finished plastic canvas work.
When you email me, you must copy and paste the statement below into your email. Fill in the blanks for your name and date.
a.) I acknowledge that all pattern(s) I receive from Kathy Barwick are not to be shared or distributed, by email or posted on-line in any groups. Kathy Barwick's patterns and designs are the sole property of Kathy Barwick and are copyrighted. I understand this rule and agree to it.
b.) I understand the pattern/s Kathy sends me must be stitched using Red Heart yarn only. I agree not to use any other type of yarn, and I agree not substitute any color on the chart for another.
c.) I understand that in order to qualify I must have a good, quality, color digital camera. I understand camera phone photos will not work. The photos of the stitched piece must be high-quality, digital color images with a white background, (not photos taken on the kitchen table with 10 other items surrounding it).
d.) I further agree to provide Kathy with a total of at least 5 digital color photos of the finished, fully stitched project, as follows: I will provide at least two photo shots of the front side of the finished project, taken straight on, not at an angle. Plus I'll provide one shot of the back side. I will also provide one shot of the front from a left angle, and one from a right angle. (Email the photo's to email@example.com)
I further understand I'll have 30 days to email Kathy the clear digital photos of the finished, stitched piece.
Also, I consent for Kathy Barwick to use my name___________ when she writes new Ezine articles or Facebook posts, and wants to give credit to the stitcher.
2.) If you're qualified, meaning you MUST be a good, experienced stitcher, I will then send you the pattern (for free) by email.
3.) If you have to back out of stitching the project for any reason, but you want to remain a stitcher, you can opt-out by purchasing the pattern I've sent you.
4.) Any stitcher found to have shared my copyrighted patterns will be permanently disqualified from stitching or buying from me.
5.) Any stitcher who can't fulfill this agreement for any reason within the 30 day time frame given, needs to contract me and let me know the reason for breaking this agreement. If you fail to contact me within the 30 days you will be permanently disqualified from stitching or buying from me.
6.) ADDED BONUS! When you're finished stitching the pattern, and have sent me the required color photos, you'll then quality for the added bonus. This means you get to go to my Etsy store and pick - for FREE -- any PDF pattern priced at $7 or under from the section called Kathy Barwick Patterns. Once you choose your bonus pattern, let me know, and I'll email it to you. There are no strings attached. You don't have to stitch this bonus pattern for me. It's yours to keep at no cost just for completing the original stitching project for me, and sending the color photos on time.
So if you want FREE patterns in return for stitching and taking digital color photos of the finished piece for me, just follow the instructions above.
The main thing is that you need to be an experianced stitcher who knows how to cover all the plastic, and whose stitches are very crisp and clean-looking.
If you fit the bill, and you want FREE patterns in exchange for stitching and sending the required photographs, then visit my Facebook Page often to see my latest requests for stitchers.
Meanwhile, please visit my Etsy Store where you'll be able to browse through hundreds and hundreds of beautiful plastic canvas patterns, including some of my own orignal creations, plus new patterns from some of the most talented new plastic canvas designers around, and much more!