In Progress

2021 - 2022 Craft Plans & Projects

A list of my in progress craft projects. This is periodically updated and revised. 

Place du Carrousel, Paris 1900 Camille Pissarro nga.gov restituted
  • Diamond Painting Kit of Camille Pissaro’s Place du Carrousel, Paris, 1900
  • Public domain (free to use without any copyright infringement issues) painting at the National Gallery of Art 
  • https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.52199.html
  • original is an oil on canvas, overall size: 54.9 x 65.4 cm (21 5/8 x 25 3/4 in.), framed: 79.7 x 89.5 x 10.1 cm (31 3/8 x 35 1/4 x 4 in.)
  • I ordered the diamond kit in December 2020 from Ever Moment Official Store on AliExpress and got the 60x75cm (23.62 x 29.53 in.) size at the sale price of $47.80. It was the custom photo option as I wanted to make sure I was using a public domain image and not infringing on any copyright or creative intellectual property. Also, it is picturesque and peaceful and historic.  
  • So far it does seem better than the cheaper kits. The canvas is thicker and not cut unevenly and the symbols are easier to differentiate. The drills are probably higher quality, and the colors seem to match and blend better. It is shipped in a cardboard shipping tube so it is less likely to arrive damaged. However, the finished product will probably look really similar to the cheaper kits. 
  • I enjoy relaxing and working on a diamond painting kit and listening to an audiobook or music etc. This takes hours and hours to complete, but I do enjoy this as a hobby and it is done at a leisurely pace. 

The public domain photo above of Camille Pissarro’s 1897 “The Boulevard Montmartre on a Winter Morning” is from https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/437310

  • Start diamond painting kit of “The Boulevard Montmartre on a Winter Morning” by Camille Pissarro purchased from AliExpress Zamyel Store
    • Due to the YouTube video “What a Copyright Strike Taught Me – A Wake Up Call for the Diamond Painting Community” by Tiny Worlds of Wonder (https://youtu.be/l7Vo44-B6bc) I don’t want to take any chances with copyrights.
    • I have older craft kits I purchased and did not think copyright was an issue with them. Going forward I going to make sure it is a copyright free item and stick to the public domain photos and or older paintings or have something uniquely my own.
    • I purchased the larger size of 50*70 cm for just under $20, and I already put together some 20″x30″ stretcher bars with acid-free foam board for it. I am very happy it works well with a somewhat standard frame size. The actual painting size is smaller than 20″x30″ and I already cut a piece of of this shiny almost metallic black fabric for the background on the frame and zigzag stitched the edges and attached the fabric to fusible interfacing.
    • The actual diamond painting canvas is finished as of March or April 2021, but I still have to frame this. I have stretcher bars with acid free foam board already assembled, but in the future I plan to use canvas panel boards as they are more storage friendly and sturdier than foam board.
  • finish and frame the four season trees cross stitch kits
    • have dad help me frame it with 30×30 inch stretcher bars to avoid going the custom frame route
    • each tree is going to be frame on 14×14 inch stretcher bars
  • finish my sewisabel.com logo custom diamond painting
    • rat-tail bind the edges
  • maybe work on stitch bible and a decorative stitch artwork piece
  • finally frame several small diamond paintings completed over a year ago
    • going to use stretcher bars or canvas panel 11″x 14″
  • paint stretcher bar edges for future fiber art pieces
  • seal and frame my first two attempted acrylic pours
  • texture or glitter or gold leaf paintings
    • would like to use the demos from YouTube channels Julia Kotenko Art and or Dazzling Designs By Denise
    • plan to use 11″ x 14″ canvas, it is just an easier size to manage
    • I would like to make a batch of at least three and then try to list and sell them on Etsy, maybe eBay
  • add more craft project and artwork photos to this page

2020 & Prior Craft Projects

Snow Castle Cross Stitch Kit

  • Snow Castle Cross Stitch Kit
    • as of April 2020 have it is basically done except for embellishing the frame and then stapling it to 11 in x 14 in or 27.94 cm x 35.56 cm stretcher bars
    • this kit was purchased September 2017 was probably around $5.00 or $4.25 plus the cost of the ribbon and stretcher bars and fabric and beads and acid free foam board and the frame and labor.  The total is probably around $30.

Snow Castle Cross Stitch Kit

  • Autumn Tree Cross Stitch Kit
      • finished the cross stitch probably in mid 2019
      • still have to
        • soak it in water to remove the print
        • add additional beads and sequins
        • frame on stretcher bars
        • figure out what frame to use as now agree with the benefits of a frame and glass/Plexiglas

Summer Tree Cross Stitch Kit

  • Summer Tree Cross Stitch Kit
    • as of April 2020, still working the actual cross stitch and then to add beads (just a style option I like) and frame on stretcher bars (14 in x 14 in or 35.56 cm x 35.56 cm)

Spring Tree Cross Stitch Kit

  • Spring Tree Cross Stitch Kit
    • finished the cross stitch probably in mid 2019
    • still have to
      • soak it in water to remove the print
      • add additional beads and sequins
      • frame on stretcher bars
      • figure out what frame to use as now agree with the benefits of a frame and glass/Plexiglas
      • I have each of these cross stitch four seasons trees completed as of March 2021. They were started in 2017. However, I am still working on framing them.

SewIsabel Logo Diamond Painting

  • SewIsabel Logo Diamond Painting Embroidery Kit
    • as of April 2020 this is 90% finished
    • just have to add varnish on top of the diamond painting drills and add a fabric back, embellish the frame and place on stretcher bars
    • I have this finished as of April 2021, but is not framed

Square By Design Monarch Butterfly Craft Project

  • Square By Design Brand Monarch Butterfly Craft Project
    • Supplies
      • 20″ x 20″ stretcher bars (50.8 cm x 50.8 cm)
      • painters tape used to help place the ribbon border
      • burlap ribbon with lace from dollar store
      • acid free foam board 20″ x 20″ (50.8 cm x 50.8 cm)
    • Process
      • using painters tape and the 20″ x 20″ (50.8 cm x 50.8 cm) stretcher bar frames I placed the burlap around the butterfly and secured it with thread by hand, it is a wire ribbon, in the future I may use a straight stitch on the sewing machine, probably completed that in 2019

Christmas Diamond Paintings Out Of Box

  • 5D DIY Diamond painting cross stitch Christmas dog and cat full square diamond embroidery
    • US $8.45
    • AliExpress Seller: YI BRIGHT Official Store
    • Square Drill 30x40cm
    • Ordered March 2020
    • finished the diamond painting canvas in 2020
    • to make the fabric frame and frame on stretcher bars with acid free foam board
    • probably going to use fake blue suede fabric and green ribbon and rattail cord edging
      • 0.750 yd x $19.99 = $14.99 sign 99 suede blue 59″ 100% polyester remnant dated 2/23/19 07951312 Joann fabric and craft stores fabric remnant
    • finished the Christmas dog and cat diamond painting canvas have to apply sealant to diamond painting, very carefully to not interfere with the ribbon application, not sure which sealant am going to use
  • Full Square diamond embroidery cross stitch cardinals diamond painting window “cross” DIY 3D diamond mosaic bird
    • US $8.70
    • AliExpress Seller: YI BRIGHT Official Store
    • Square Drill 30x40cm
    • Order March 2020