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  • Color Concoctions with Leisure Life and Lion Brand: Anthurium

    We've got new inspiration coming your way, makers! We know you've heard a lot of "New Year, New You" talk from Leisure Arts this month, but now we're seeing red. More specifically, Anthurium! We're kicking off a campaign inspired by Lion Brand's Colors of the Year for 2019! Lion Brand Yarn chose 12 fresh and unique colors to live by for 2019, and we fell in love. Every month, we're going to do a blog post, and recommend some awesome yarn based on the featured color, and fun projects that match the meaning of the hue! This month, we want you to close out January with projects in brilliant Anthurium red, the first color in Lion Brand's List. Here's more on the color!

    Anthurium Anthurium Spread - Lion Brand Notebook

    "This bright pop of color gets its name from the Anthurium flower, a bloom native to the Americas. The color inspires warmth, strength and opulent texture. The waxy finish on the petals evokes a subtle sheen that seems not from nature. 

    Bright red has slowly made its way into the neutral palette as it has been adopted into almost every collection of runway designers and we are not complaining."

     

    Sounds energetic! We have the best Lion Brand Red Yarns for this theme (above). Hometown USA - Cincinnati Red is so saturated, you'd think it's pure pigment, and paired with a more somber tone like Heartland-Redwood, it's an unstoppable combination.

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    We picked out some of the perfect projects that represent strength, warmth and are full of fun and opulent textures. Find your preferred craft expertise, and take a look!

     

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    Heroes VS Monsters! Anthurium Inspiration

    We're bringing you strength in the most inspiring form there is: superheroes! Huggable Superheroes is the perfect book for the superhero in your life. Crochet the villains away as you create cute and quirky heroes of all different superpowers. Charles, The Crimson Defender (bottom left), is wearing a signature bright and bold Anthurium-esque red, because he knows it gives him strength to protect his civilians.

    Anthurium Huggable Superheroes - Book 7414
    Anthurium Amigurumi Monsters - Book 7098

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lurking in the shadows, ready to take over the city, are these warm and cozy monsters from Amigurumi Monsters! They use their warm and fuzzy look to hypnotize makers into crocheting hundreds of these patterns, until they have an army big enough to take over the living rooms of every family. Which side will you choose?

     

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    Warm Eclectic Kitchen Helpers

    Get creative in the kitchen with these fun and functional kitchen potholders from Make in a Weekend Potholders and Dishcloths! Give your kitchen that pop of Anthurium, and add some character to your countertops with these dishcloth and potholder patterns that you can make in just one weekend.

    Anthurium Make in a Weekend Potholders & Dishcloths - book 75653
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    Channel your inner Johny Appleseed with the orchard apple potholder (top left), or read rotten tomato reviews while knitting this vibrant tomato pattern, that can be used as a potholder or dishcloth! The color might be red hot, but you won't burn your hand on these bold kitchen beauties.

     

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    Opulent Texture & Rainbow Surprises

    One of the words to describe our dashing shade of red was opulent texture. What better design to work with than this DIY chandelier from Crazy About Pom-Poms! This lantern is blooming with multiple colors and beautiful filters, but (in our opinion), the most prominent accent in the pom-pom clusters are the brilliant light and dark red pom-poms.

    Anthurium Crazy About Pom-Poms - Book 7277
    Anthurium Crazy about Pom-Poms - Book 7277

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Adding these fun surprises of color to this light fixture draws out the playfulness in your space. In our example (above right), we see how brilliant the room looks washed in the subtle filtered light, and the rainbow accents draw the decor in the room into a cohesive look.

     

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    Strength & Creativity In One Fidget Friendly Package

    You don't have to be a Yarnist to celebrate this color, you can play with fabrics and threads too! This stunning red project from Fidget To Focus ticks all of the boxes that make a great project. It's a fun flannel, with unique additions that make you think outside of the box, and most importantly, it strengthens your mind.

    Anthurium Fidget To Focus - Book 7219
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    Fidget To Focus is a book that's designed to help people with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Autism, and other cognitive challenges. With the help of  6 activity aids, these fidget friendly projects help keep fingers busy and minds focused. Strength is one of the words that Anthurium embodies, and strength of mind is one of the most important qualities to have.

     

    These are just snapshots of what you can create in this bright red! We're here to bring you inspiration, you choose your own path afterwards. Tune in every month for our color inspiration posts, and see if you find your new favorite hue!

    If you make any projects in bright reds like Anthurium, tag us @leisureartsinc with #LeisureLife. We love to see what's going on in your studios!

     

    Stay Creative!

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  • Pom-Pom Halloween

     

    The uses and appearances of pom-poms have expanded from winter gear and sports’ embellishments to include year-round home decor. See how simple pom-poms can become part of your Halloween-themed decorations.

    Pom-poms were frequently only seen on winter accessories, or worn by a team’s cheer squad. It's wonderful that the uses for and appearances of these puffy mounds of yarn have been greatly expanded! Beautiful household items are crafted with pom-poms such as wall hangings and wreaths!

    Halloween is coming in a few weeks and I wanted to get ready with some pom-pom décor. Getting a lot of ideas from Pinterest was easy. Look at this cute mantle garland and another version for one's vertical porch decor; both are awesome! Using these two Pins as my guidelines, I began making pom-poms with an end result in mind.

    Since I had many pom-poms to make in varying sizes, I took the advice of one of our designers and purchased Clover Pom-Pom Makers. To reinsure that you're using your pom-pom maker correctly, watch a video in less than five minutes.  I gathered several yarn weights with different textures. One of my favorites for this project was Red Heart's Reflective yarn. The reflective yarn has a thin gray strip that reflects the light; reflective does not mean glow-in-the-dark.

    Before: Parts to make Halloween characters. Small pom-poms (1.625") and pipe cleaners cut in half. Before: Parts to make Halloween characters. Small pom-poms (1.625") and pipe cleaners cut in half.

    Of course, my Halloween pom-poms were going to include a pumpkin, a spider, and a ghost. First would be the pumpkin. This would be fairly easy to accomplish: one pom-pom with a curled pipe cleaner as its stem.

    My second figure was the spider. Again the main part was the pom-pom as the spider body. Then, I added six pipe cleaner legs. I even challenged myself to make a red spot to indicate a Black Widow spider. I followed color pattern suggestions as found on the back of the Clover Extra Large Pom-Pom Maker's packaging.

    Added a little more drama to the spider character; here's a Black Widow! Added a little more drama to the spider character; here's a Black Widow!

    The last Halloween figure I needed to make was a ghost. This appeared more challenging than I thought. My final decision was to make a pom-pom for the ghost's head and attach it to the loose yarn strands to represent its body. I made three ghosts; each received an added yarn embellishment giving each one its own personality.

    After: Halloween characters include a spider, ghost and pumpkin. After: Halloween characters include a spider, ghost and pumpkin.

    I was ready to display my characters at home and office so I needed both a wall/door decoration, as well as, tabletop decor ideas. I wanted to incorporate extra color into my display and the perfect complement was Leisure Arts' Jute Twine (item 48526)I chose to use three of the six colors.

    Planning my display; love the colored jute! Planning my display; love the colored jute!

    My colleague found the perfect fallen branch from his hickory tree. Upon its arrival in the office, it quickly became a character itself and given the name, "Old Hickory". The branch had so much character with its craggy texture, knuckled sections and lichen patterns, I didn't want to cover all of it.

    Halloween pom-pom characters suspended from "Old Hickory" as door decor. Halloween pom-pom characters suspended from "Old Hickory" as door decor.

    Here are my extra pom-poms used for some added character for one of the most-anticipated days to celebrate around the office.

    Other Halloween decor using pom-poms in two sizes. Other Halloween decor using pom-poms in two sizes.

    I hope you enjoy making pom-poms and  decorating for Halloween; happy haunting!

    Martha

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