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June 1, 2017

Retro Craft Time – Vintage Craft Master Mosette Poodle Gravel Art

By Sara In AZ


We are keeping the “crafty” theme going again this week but instead of making pillows we are moving onto gravel art!

I bought this vintage New Old Stock  poodle gravel art kit on eBay a few years ago and I figured  since we just completed our poodle theme bathroom now was the perfect time to put together this gravel art piece!


All the bits and pieces just waiting to be put together!

Also, I only have the “male” poodle called “Pierre”……..I will probably be searching tirelessly for “Suzette” his companion now!


Ooooh, look at ALL the FAB gravel art you could buy back then!!!


Following the strict instructions on the best way to put this gravel art piece together I heeded Craft Master’s advice………………


……and ran all of the cording in the pack through glue.


Then I had to let it dry overnight.


I did this so that the cording would not fray at the ends when I cut it into sections.

As the cording was drying, I decided to deal with the frame. The frames attached to these pieces usually are  just bare/raw wood so it is up to you how you would like the frame to look against your finished piece. I would definitely recommend painting/staining your frame prior to adding gravel as it will be very, very hard to paint/stain against all of that gravel in the end.


I put plastic over the poodle design so I would not get any overspray on that, then I taped the plastic onto the design area.


I also put plastic and taped over the back of the frame so paint would not get everywhere.


I put a nice coat of spray primer over the back and the front……………..


……and then sprayed everything black!


And whoooo- hooooo…the cording is now dry and the frame is ready to go! Oh my gosh, I was SO excited to start putting together this gravel art poodle, you have no idea!

Ok, so the very first thing to do on the instruction list is to adhere all of the cording. I remember a loooooonnnnnnggggggg time ago Betty Crafter had a terrible time adhering her gold cording in a gravel art project,  so I was extra terrified of this step.

Your can read about Betty’s trials and tribulations here:

This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Mosaic By Number Edition



Like Betty, I decided to use Aleene’s Tacky Glue……but I searched high and low for the quickest adhering glue they made! I present Aleene’s “Fast Grab” Tacky Glue! And YES! I can totally recommend it!!! It wasn’t an immediate hold like say, super glue, but it started holding pretty darn fast. And there were a lot of areas that were kinda tricky to do – like tiny cord sections curving completely around to make flower petals……ugggghhhh!


So off I went! I started cutting out cording and gluing it all down!


I would tend to do a little bit of gluing at a time, then stop and let the cord dry, then come back to glue more.


Making progress……those flower petals were NOT easy to do!


And huzzah! FINALLY the cording is ALL attached!!!


One note – the kit instructions said to not adhere the leash cord until you had the project completed. I decided I wanted it embedded in the gravel like the rest of the cording, so I adhered it early! Hope I don’t get sent to gravel art jail!!! Smile

OK, we are bustin’ out the gravel y’all!  Finally!


The “grass” was kind of a free form area, with no cording,  that was to be done first. I filled it with glue and crossed my fingers!




Next up – the pink gravel.


I’ve now  finished up the pink gravel and I’ve moved onto starting some of the blue and white gravel.


Here is a close-up!


The poodle is done!!!! The poodle is done!!!!!! YAY!!!! Now we move onto  filling in the white gravel background.


I would do little sections at a time…………….


until little by little…………………


……………..the entire picture was filled in!!!


So, SO excited I finished it and it actually looks decent y’all!!! EeeeeEeeeeeEeeeeeeeeee!!!

At the end of this project I have to say – putting together a gravel art piece is not for the faint of heart! It actually takes a LOT of time and effort if you want to have to piece come out looking decent in the end…and this was just a small piece!!! I don’t even want to imagine how long it would take to put together some of those larger sized gravel art pieces. Mad, mad props to all of the ladies and gents of the past who put together such amazing and perfect works of gravel art….I bow down to you all and I will never look at another piece of gravel art the same way again!

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4 Responses to Retro Craft Time – Vintage Craft Master Mosette Poodle Gravel Art

  1. Jacki Reply

    June 1, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Absolutely precious! I love gravel art. I remember in the late sixties and early seventies my mother and her friends were in a mail order club called American Handicrafts. Each month they were sent a new craft, with all of the pieces and parts, in a kit similar to what you just did. She made some wonderful items and most of them were pretty involved and detailed. I have seen the ads for this club in some of my old magazines. I wish I had some of her finished products now. Good memories.

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      June 1, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Thanks Jacki! Oh my gosh – what a neat story…..I LOVE the idea of getting a new craft to do every month! Yeah, I am sure she definitely put A LOT of time into her crafts……..to bad none are still around for you to enjoy. I’d like to imagine that there are some other craft lovers like us out there that got a hold of her handiwork and are enjoying it up on their wall right now!

  2. Beth Reply

    June 2, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    You have extraordinary patience, Sara, and it paid off in a beautifully-done project. Now, onto finding Suzette…!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      June 2, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you so much Beth! And I know…the hunt is ON! 🙂

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