What can I tell you today? I'll admit I don't always love the things I make, but I am totally in love with these plastic canvas snowflake medallions, or maybe they are really more aptly called plastic canvas mandalas, I'm not qui9te sure! Something about them reminds me of the lovely small details in Fair Isle sweaters (that I do not plan to knit in this lifetime) or maybe the 70's style embroidered appliques I've had my eye on, either way I really enjoyed making these three versions and hoping to have time to make some more. They do look very sweet with my plastic canvas chanukah menorah, as well as part of a whole plastic canvas chanukah look that I'm in the middle of crafting. I'm not exactly sure how it will all come together, but very likely as some fun garlands to hang this year and for years to come.
If you are familiar with plastic canvas, then you already know the secret to make these beauties, but if not, so do keep on reading for some helpful hints so you can get started making some of your own.
- yarn, use whatever you have on hand!
- plastic canvas circles, mine are roughly 3" diameter (circles come in all sizes, even as large as dinner plates, and I have some!)
- a yarn needle, no lot a very very long one like seen in my photo, just a regular one, with a dull point if for kids
- Have fun with this one, my friends, and if you are like me, don't plan just start! If you are not like me, so do a few sketches on paper to plan your design, but either way do try to make as many long stitches as possible to make this craft not overly time consuming.
- Do take into consideration that depending on the weight of your yarn, and the size of the circle, and the size of the holes which vary within each circle, you may need to thread the yarn through one hole at least twice to cover the plastic canvas. And in fact, with the circle canvas and its holes that are many different shapes, you will need to thread the yarn through the same hole many times in some cases, but that is all part of the fun.
- As you can see in the above photo, one of course should try to start with the primary design, in this case the wagon wheel snowflake, and then add the background afterwards.
- And no, you should not use a long needle like the one shown, that is just what I happened to have on hand, and so sometimes you just gotta use what you can!
Have fun coming up with your own designs, and of course this craft is great for all ages, so get the whole family involved!