There are plenty of people who disparage plastic canvas as not being “real” needlepoint. But the only difference between it and needlepoint done on canvas is thew ground. What you stitch on it is just a matter of taste. In many cases plastic canvas is the perfect ground for items you want to make.
Take these adorable key rings from the blog Sewing with Bobbin & Fred (I learned about them on Craft Gossip). They use scraps of plastic canvas and yarn or thread to make a great and useful project. The instructions call for 10-count canvas, but your could easily make it on 14-count and use the exact same threads you use on 18-mesh mono canvas.
The illustrated tutorial is fantastic withy detailed pictures of every step of the finishing.
For just a buck or two for the rings and, if needed, the canvas, you have a great project.
The project is a perfect introduction to needlepoint for anyone and can be completed, including finishing in an hour or so. I could see making them as gift tags or stocking stuffers. If you needed finished items for a craft show or charity bazaar, these would be perfect items.
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Arlene Harris says
When you use plastic canvas you do not have to block your piece…..It is also very good to use when you are making three demonstrational objects….