Wednesday, December 24, 2014


I love nice place settings, serving pieces and linens. The custom place mats I have thought of making many times hasn't made it to my sewing machine as of yet but with this idea they may get done in this lifetime-"may" is the operative word here. 

Anyway, these place mats of woven ribbon can be very elegant or casual or any style you want according to the ribbons you choose. If you have wired ribbon, take out the wire before weaving and sewing. I happily ended up with a literal truckload of these wonderful ribbons of every style-wired and not wired-I love it. 

These are just a few of the many rolls my daughter, Donna, found for me at an auction. She called me from the auction and said "Mom, there is a guy here with boxes of ribbon to get rid of, do you want them if the price is right?" AND  glory be-the price was right. My husband and I went over the next day in our pick up truck. I have never seen so much ribbon all in one place at one time. It filled the bed of the truck and the back seat. I never counted but there were boxes and boxes of 1000's of rolls. I have given a lot away, sold a lot, and donated a lot and still have more ribbon than I'll ever be able to use in this lifetime and I'm trying to come up with a way to slip it into heaven along with all my other "stuff" if I don't get it used. Maybe Jesus won't notice.

You will need:
ribbons [cut into 12 1/2" lengths and 18 1/2" lengths]
lightweight fusible interfacing-use fusible side up
12" by 18" matching fabric for place mat back
cording or other trim for edge
surface to pin and weave on-cardboard, foam core board, I prefer my cut and press board
straight pins

To make:
pin one end of each 12 1/2" lengths on pinning surface-side by side
weave 18 1/2" lengths through-keep together tightly
press ribbon to fusible interfacing
sew lengths together with decorative stitching
Place place mat top and back right sides together, sew all around with cording between leaving a 6" space for turning. Turn right side out, press, sew turning space closed

Here is one placemat before sewing with two of the ribbons that are 2" wide. Any width ribbon can be used, Wider ribbons just take fewer strips and less time to do. It is rather formal

Another one using a different print finished with cording

 This one is more casual using ribbons about 1" wide

This is a great craft for kids. 

To make them stain resistant, spray them with a protective spray. 

Here is my video tutorial for making the woven place mats. 

Happy crafting
Carolyn Wainscott

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014


One of my tutorials on the internet site,, showed how to make a country look garland using homespun fabrics. Homespun frays easily and is a favorite in making ragged quilts. It is warm and comfortable as flannel and comes in all those nice homey looking plaids.

The great thing about the homespun garland-it can be left up all year round if you wish. It can be used on wreaths, trees, or what have you.

The garland is easy as pie to make [well maybe sometimes pie isn't so easy but, trust me, this garland is easy to do]. 

Lay out the homespun and cut into strips the width you might want. I chose 4" and you can see from photo how it shrunk so take that into consideration if you want a wider look after the whole process is over.

For long strips, sew cut strips together end to end, fringe and gather. I chose to gather over a length of yarn which gives more stability if needed. My video shows setting two fabrics together as it is gathered but a single layer can also be done.

The process can stop here if you want but my strips were dampened and thrown into dryer-it's up to you. 

Here is the video if you have time to take a quick look:

Happy crafting
Carolyn Wainscott
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Saturday, December 13, 2014


These custom photo ornaments with stained glass look have been one of the favorite gifts I have ever made and given away and they are fun to make.

One of these days my white Christmas tree may be covered with one of these of each member of my family-that's on my bucket list anyway. 

I use an outdated photo editing program called Live Pix that I have had since mid 90's with one of my first computers. It is a simple one and no longer available. I don't know what I will do when this computer is no longer usable because I don't think Live Pix will be compatible with a more recent one. I am using a Toshiba with Windows 7. 

You can use any editing software you choose. It is just when I get used to something, I don't want to change. I have tried Photoshop and gave up and went back to my simple little Live Pix. 

You will need:
clear glass ornaments
ink jet transparencies
ink jet printer [make sure you have lots of ink, these take lots if you are making very many]

 The clear glass ornaments are purchased when they go on sale, usually at Hobby Lobby. My preference is the 4" ones but have used smaller ones. 

To get them ready:
clean them with alcohol, let dry thoroughly [I usually do this the day before, turn upside down to be sure all alcohol drains]

Edit and print photos-use printer settings for transparencies, extra color can be added if desired

You can get 4 prints per sheet 

Cut photos to fit ornaments [make a template and try in ornament before you start cutting on your prints]

Roll photo into tube-print inside

Slip into ornament

Adjust with tweezers if needed

Put top back on and you have a future heirloom. 

 Here is my video tutorial to show you how easy it is to create your own works of art. 

Happy crafting
Carolyn Wainscott

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014


A couple of years ago I posted a tutorial including a video for transforming a lamp into a glorified candle holder. It is a very elegant piece with a substantial presence on a buffet or as a center piece. You can find that post @

Well, I have been at it again with forays through a church's resource center, goodwill stores and resale shops picking up odd pieces of glassware that I could repurpose. I picked up several odd pieces here and there including some long stemmed things. 

There were glass blobs [for want of a better word] glued onto a couple of the pieces before gluing together. 

A good strong glue for ceramics that dries clear has to be used and all the glassware has to be clean for a permanent bond. I used 527 multi-use glue but there are others out there. Good ventilation is a must here. 

I didn't take photos as I was working but just tried different pieces together until I found the combinations I liked best. Here are the latest candle holders/centerpieces including the original lead crystal made from a lamp. 

Here are all four pieces that range from 15" to 24" tall. They can mix and match on a holiday buffet or as centerpieces so make several if you are planning a big event and need smashing decor. Create your own long stemmed centerpieces for a wedding reception and save some big bucks.  

This is the original lead crystal lamp converted to candle holder. 

This piece was originally a candle holder but it is turned upside down, glass blobs glued onto base and a crystal candle holder glued to the original base.  

I loved this swan that fits nicely onto the long stemmed piece which also has been reversed and glass blobs glued onto the base. It can be used as a candle holder or in a floral arrangement. 

 2 matching ruby pieces have a clear glass between. The clear glass piece has an embossed angel. 

I found this lighted angel topper that is the exact color as the ruby colored pieces so the candle holder can be used as a base for the angel. It stands about 24" tall all together. 

If you make your own center pieces or candle holders with "found" items, please share  photos on my facebook page, Carolyn's Canvas. I would love to see what you make. 

I've had a great time making these, hope you have as much fun as I did.
Carolyn Wainscott


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Thursday, October 2, 2014


Just in case you haven't  heard about Project Linus-it is an organization that up til now has donated 5 million blankets to children in different circumstances since 1998.

I get updates on my Facebook page and a call was put out for a need for 1200 blankets by September 30 for "The Snowball Express @

Snowball Express

I have only participated once before but wanted to make a blanket for a child who has lost their parent. I also wanted to include my great, grandchildren so talked with daughter, Donna, and she wanted each of her grandchildren to make one. SO-I sent a message that we would make not one, not two, not three but four of the needed blankets. 

Instructions/patterns for making the blankets along with the address where they were to be sent came by return email. Larger blankets would be appreciated since there would be older children there and smaller children like to snuggle into a larger one also. Suggestions for themes were helpful-camouflage is popular, super heroes, popular Disney, etc. We decided on making the blankets 2 yards long so would need 2 yards for the top and 2 for the bottom. 

My fabric stash was checked to see if I had any fleece that could be used and it just so happens there were 4 yards of bright orange-enough for the bottom of 2 blankets to go along with a coordinating pattern.

I went on senior day to get my old age discount and got the rest of  the fleece that was needed, it was on sale at 50% off-hallelejah!! Have I told you I am addicted to coupons, fabric and Joann's Fabric stores? The gal at the register also told me they accept Project Linus blankets to be picked up by the local chapter so that will save me shipping next time unless we want to take part in a special project. 

While in line to get my fleece cut, there was a man piling one bolt of fabric after another onto the cutting table from his over full cart. There must have been 30 or 40 bolts. Being the shy retiring person that I am I remarked that it looked like he was going to be very busy - Nope-his mother-in-law. She makes over 400 quilts a year. WHOA! She is in her 90's and still going strong and he went back to the quilt fabrics to pile the cart full again. Still not having my nosy self satisfied, I sidled over as he piled more bolts onto his cart to ask what she makes the quilts for and lo, and behold, she makes them for Project Linus. I gave him my Joann's label with my name and address, put my phone # on and asked him to have her give me a call, would love to talk with her and tell some folks about her. [I know-I am giving my phone # to a complete stranger but how bad could someone be who is buying yards & yards of fabric, and for his mother-in-law no less, and he knows about Project Linus??] He did say she is a very private person so haven't heard from her. If anyone out there knows a little 90 year old lady who makes 100's of quilts a year for Project Linus and lives somewhere near Lebanon, Ohio, could you please pass the word that I don't bite and would love to show her  quilts here?? HHmmm? Pretty please???

Ok-back to our blankets that don't seem like so much now after thinking again about a lady making so many to donate. Anyway, here are Branden-age 4 and Hannah-age 8 with my daughter, Donna, working on the blankets:

There are 2 leopard print ones to match the orange fleece I already had and 2 camouflage with a tan backing. The kids loved working on the blankets. Here they are ready to be packed up for shipping.

And here is a video tutorial with hints and suggestions if you need. You can get patterns from Project Linus for the blankets and quilts on their website if you wish to participate in this great organization.
I checked out UPS, USPS and Fedex for shipping costs-Fedex was the most economical by a couple of $.

Project Linus has chapters all over if you want to check them out.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless you.

Carolyn Wainscott

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