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  • Lion Brand Color Inspiration - Kombucha Orange!

    Hello Again, Makers! We're getting inspired this week by a certain burnt orange color. We're talking about Kombucha from our list of Lion Brand Yarn's colors of the year for 2019.

    Lion Brand Colors Of The Year 2019 - Kombucha

    Lion Brand has compiled a list of great colors for 2019, and every month we pick a hue and match some of our favorite Leisure Arts patterns to the color palette. Here's a little more information on Kombucha:

    "The name Kombucha is synonymous with the wellness trend that has permeated the zeitgeist over the last few years. The rich warm brown is more than a color, it is a philosophy that coincides with crafting. Talking the time out of the technology overload of your day to make something with your two hands is an integral part of self-care."

    Sounds right up our alley! Kombucha is a great warm transition color from fall into winter, and we have some really great Lion Brand Yarns on our website to showcase the different color variations of Kombucha you can play with. Heartland - Yosemite is a perfect color match to the main color of kombucha (below), and Hometown - Tampa Spice (below) is a darker tone that would give any of your projects dimension if you laced these two hues together.

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    Crochet

    Mindful Mandala Afghans - Book #6890

    Work your kombucha color into some mandala magic! This pattern from Mindful Mandala Afghans features kombucha as a great accent with the teal and neutral blanket. This afghan can keep you warm on a chilly day, or dress up your couch with some geometric style. This is a project that takes a little effort and a chunk of time, but in the end you come out with a beautiful statement blanket that looks good year round in your home.

    Mirror Image Scarves - Book #6805

    Mirror Image Scarves are some of the most satisfying patterns you can crochet, because everything lines up perfectly and your lacework comes out symmetrical. This fall toned scarf features a darker side of kombucha, but it pairs so well with the bright mustard yarn next to it. You even pair up the kombucha color with a light blue, or even a multicolored yarn if you wanted to. The main point is that the scarf ends up symmetrical no matter what yarn you use, so it's easy to make, and fun to wear.

    Enchanted Forest Creatures - Book #6851

    Who wouldn't want this crochet amigurmi fox? Enchanted Forest Creatures is full of mystical and magical patterns of woodland garden friends and cuddly animals. You can make this adorable fox in kombucha orange, or make a fun garden gnome to give your herbs some good luck! These patterns work up super quick, so this is definitely a unique beginner project to get you started in crochet.

    Knit

    Knit Cowls - Book #5838

    Cowls are a fall fashion staple, and this cowl pattern from Knit Cowls has got some great color work going on. The kombucha is a great accent to the reds and browns, and the scalloped edges of the cowl make this garment look lacy and luxurious. This is an accessory that can be worn not just into winter, but maybe even into those cool spring mornings.

    Cozy Scarves - Book #7370

    Scarves make the best gifts, even if it's just a gift for yourself. This pattern from Cozy Scarves looks good in kombucha orange, and the texture and pattern looks super easy to make. You can even play with the coziness of the scarf by varying the weight and texture of the yarn you choose. This is a great starter project for someone who's learning how to knit!

    Decorator Throws - Book #7112

    Kombucha is a tone of orange that pairs well with other colors, like this color blocked throw pattern from Decorator Throws. These colors normally wouldn't be placed together, but somehow it works! The whole throw makes any couch stand out with the colorful yarn, making it a statement blanket.

    Craft

    Modern Punch Needle - Book #7513

    Modern Punch Needle gives you a window into an old craft that's making a comeback, and that's super easy to learn. This storage pouch with a kombucha accent is a great décor item to hold your yarn or fabrics in, and you can change up the size of the pouch to whatever size you need! This geometric and modern design is perfect for a minimalist home, and it takes little effort to create.

    Learn To Make Woven Wall Hangings - Book #7245

    You can make modern and crafty wall art without knowing all of the background in crochet or knit. Learn To Make Woven Wall Hangings is a great resource for weaving intricate and colorful works of fiber at with simple and easy to follow directions. You can make these projects in just a few hours, and have a boho chic piece of wall art for your living room!

    Quilt/Sew

    Big Block Quilts - Book #6478

    Quilts bring a unique and eclectic style to the home, each one different with it's patterns and textures. Big Block Quilts gives you all the opportunities to get crazy and creative, especially with this pattern shown above. The oranges and purples are surprisingly well tied together with accents of red in the florals and stripes of the design. This is definitely a project that would take a lot of work to compete, but you know it would be worth it.

    Crafty Critters - Book #6644

    This pincushion from Crafty Critters is not only adorable, but it's functional too (just ignore that you're stabbing an adorable fox with pins). You can create this adorable fox pincushion in kombucha orange with simple stitches and some creativity! You can even dress up the fox like you see above, giving it a bow tie for that special '007 look. This little stunner is a must have in your sewing room.

    Aren't these projects beautiful? If you've made these projects before, tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios.

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • 5 Crafty Creations To Concoct Before Halloween Is Over!

    It's a spooky time of year, Maker friends! The things that go bump in the night are ready to rumble. Halloween is just around the corner, and soon we'll see monsters and goblins and vampires roam the streets till the late hours of the night. If you're one of those die hard Halloween enthusiasts, then go out there and stir up some trouble! But if you're wanting to be less of a Frankenstein and more of a Casper The Friendly Ghost, then you've visited the right blog post. We've got some addicting and crafty creations that you can make before 'All Hallow's Eve' approaches.

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    Don't worry, these projects are warlock tested, mother approved.

    Create Your Own Frankenstein

    Get in the mindset of Dr. Jekyll when you create these Amigurumi Monsters! You can create endless possibilities with different colors and types of yarn, until you have created the perfect masterpiece.

    Halloween Projects Amigurumi Monsters - Mohawk and Flame
    Halloween Projects Amigurumi Monsters - Sunny and Pom-Pom

    Practice Your Black Magic

    Bubble bubble, toil and trouble! Sometimes you need a little magic in the air to make your night special. This potion for activated Charcoal soap is sure to work it's magic and make your skin soft as the silk off a witch's hat. Become your everyday Sanderson sister with these recipes for homemade soap from Home Soap Making.

    Halloween Projects Activated Charcoal Soap - Home Soap Making

    Conjure A Fairy Wonderland

    Make some fairy friends this Halloween, by creating a magical garden for them! These creative DIY Fairy Garden landscapes from Kristi Simpson are sure to brighten up your home for the mystical and magical holiday.

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    Get Enchanted by Seasonal Cross Stitch

    Cross Stitch is a fascinating craft that hooks you in once you start sewing. Trust me when I say that after looking at these Halloween patterns, you'll be under the Cross Stitch spell.

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    Halloween Decor Sample The Seasons - Halloween

    Become The Halloween Pumpkin King

    David Pumpkins who? Become the aficionado on all things pumpkin decor when you create our projects from Pumpkins Pumpkins Pumpkins! Make lasting Halloween decor that can be used for years to come with craft pumpkins.

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    Most of these crafts will last you for years to come too, so you'd be creating some long term decorations that will impress your friends and family. These are the perfect projects to work on while you watch your favorite Halloween classic and fill up on Snickers and Paydays! The best part is that you can start working on these projects right now! Just follow the links to our website and purchase our eBooks. If you've created some fun Halloween crafts, tell us below, or even better, share a picture to our Leisure Arts Facebook Page! We'd love to see how our fellow makers are decorating their homes for Halloween.

     

    Have a crafty Halloween, Makers!

     

    -Leisure Arts Team

     

     

  • Here's 10 Ways You Can Show Your Love For I Love Yarn Day!

    Hey Makers! It's the most wonderful time of the year, and no, it's not Christmas. It's I Love Yarn Day on the 13th! A National Holiday that feels like Christmas to us seasoned craftsman. We get to show our appreciation for the fuzzy and fluffy crafts that have kept us company over generations. We use yarn for all types of crafts, for quick fixes, for the occasional birthday party, and for finishing touches. It's an all encompassing medium. But, have we ever shown yarn how much we care about it?

    If you haven't, that's okay. Make up for lost time! We've put together a list of ways that you can show your love for your multicolored and miscellaneous yarn bin tucked away in your closet at home (don't lie, we all have one).

     

    Knit Or Crochet For A Cause

    There's nothing better than doing something nice for others. Charity is the best way to lend a helping hand to people in need, and what better way to lend a helping had than with crafts? We can help you think of some great patterns with A Charity Guide for Crochetand A Charity Guide for Knitters, based on what craft you prefer. Just look at some of these patterns! A blanket with pockets? Insanity. Show your Love by trying out some of these daring designs.

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    Update Your Space With A Stylish Wall Hanging

    Vamp up your Home Decor situation with a new wall hanging! Yarn can create the most versatile styles of wall hangings, ranging from pristine and proper one color wall tapestries, to grungy and eclectic color blocked frocks. Learn to Make Woven Wall Hangings and Wall Hangings are two books that show a grand variety of wall decor patterns that you can choose from.

     

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    Give The Gift Of Cozy Feet!  

    Ah, Fall. The best time for leg warmers, scarves, and fuzzy socks. Check out these rockin' awesome sock books that will keep your feet warmer than a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

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    More Fun Socks - Knit 

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    Make Fun Socks - Crochet 

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    Amigurumi – What’s Not To Love!

    Amigurumi! The craft everyone loves to make, but hates to pronounce. Homemade Amigurumi stuffed animals knock your traditional stuffed animals out of the ballpark when it comes to quality, and cuteness factor. I mean, just look at these adorable designs from two of our Leisure Arts books, Cute Amigurumi Monsters and Huggable Amigurumi

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    Make someone an adorable Amigurumi doll for I Love Yarn Day!

    Make Your I Love Yarn Day A Little Brighter With A Pom-Pom Project

    Pom-Poms aren't just for cheerleading! They can also be for home decor. There are a lot of things that you can make with a simple pom-pom, big or small. All it takes is l little bundle of yarn. Show your love for yarn projects by trying out some of these pom-pom patterns in Crazy About Pom-Poms

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    Make an old love new again with Macramé

    Macramé is one of those vintage crafts that is making a hard and fast comeback to the maker community. We have been seeing new Macramé projects all over our social sites, and it's hard not to notice beautiful projects like these ones from A New Twist On Macramé and Get Started in MacraméIf you haven't tried Macramé, give it a go for I Love Yarn Day!

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    Give the Gift of Imagination with creative toys and playsets

    Do you have a special little one to shop for? If you do, show your love for yarn by making the best baby toy patterns around! Busy Baby Boxes and Baby Stacks have some great homemade toy patterns that give your baby that extra nudge to learn and process.

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    Pass Your Love Of Yarn To Someone Special

    One thing that we need to keep alive is passing on our skills from generation to generation. Imagine what your children or grandchildren can come up with after learning great craft techniques from you and your maker friends! We've got you covered with Teach me to Crochetand Teach me to KnitThese books teach the foundations of two of our most popular crafts, and from there, that special someone you have in mind to teach can pick up on some of your styles!

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    If you have an itch to teach your skill or craft, don't forget about the Craft Yarn Council's Certified Instructor Program. The best way to show your love of yarn is to share your love of yarn, so sign up today!

    If you're interested in signing up to be a certified instructor, Click Here.

     

    Use up your scrap Yarn and make something new to love!

    If you have a scrap pile that needs to be taken care of in your maker space, then check out these patterns from Scrappy Afghans and Projects From Your Scrap Bag that use up those extra scraps that you can't seem to part with. Show your love of yarn by giving it a clean home!

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    Get Crafty With Yarn

    You don't have to knit or crochet to use up that favorite ball of yarn! Our book, Yarn Crafts is an exception to the typical yarn user, where you can get more creative with your projects and your yarns! Try making string art with just a few nails and wrapping methods, or give that frumpy vase some added flair to spice up your dining room table. The possibilities are endless!

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    There are many other ways to celebrate I Love Yarn Day, but we're glad that we could give you just a few! If you have thought of something fun that we haven't thought of, comment below! We'd love to hear it. Be sure to share your projects that you have created for I Love Yarn Day on our Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram pages. We love to see what you guys are working on.

    Happy I Love Yarn Day!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Huggable Amigurumi: Stuffed Animals, Only Better!

    Huggable Amigurumi offers a unique take on Amigurumi.  Instead of miniature crocheted creatures,, Kristi Simpson has created supersized Amigurimi amimals any child will love. We love the huggable crocheted designs so much that we invited today's guest blogger, Kristi Simpson, to talk about the inspiration for her fabulous designs in Huggable Amigurumi. Welcome Kristi!

    Amigurumi patterns flood the internet, but you will not find anything like these sweet Huggables! They are 19” from sitting position and will quickly become one of the family!

    Hi! I’m Kristi Simpson, designer of the patterns in the Leisure Arts’ book: Huggable Amigurumi. I have enjoyed designing and teaching for many years and this book is one of my new favorites! I can’t help it, even in designing, these little buddies made me so excited! I hope in reading about this collection, you will be just as excited and make one (or all 5!) for your next project.

    When thinking about this book I was inspired by the mountain of stuffed animals that my kids have. Seriously, they are going to take over the house….but I was drawn to the larger ones. They all have so much character! I wanted to design a collection that would be fun to have for babies to larger kids that they can use as comfort and play.

    I tried to create a collection that was similar in shape for the body and head but I added details that would set each apart. Some have large ears and hands and feet, others have a bow or collar with mitten hands…. Each are unique but as a collection, it all comes together.

    Now, I have to brag about the wonderful job Leisure Arts did on this book. The photography is phenomenal! It really brought the animals to life and showed the true size—and fun that they are!
    Seriously, isn’t the girl on the cover so sweet!?!?! The cover captured the entire theme, fun and huggable.

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    Next, I have to say that the first photo for the inside cover is my favorite. Seriously! You can’t see their faces but you can see the bodies, head detail and tails. They look like they are buddies with their arms on each other’s shoulders! I just can’t get over how cute they are lined up like that!

     

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    Now, let’s talk yarn. I used Bernat Softee Chunky throughout. It helps the animals be naturally larger and hold shape. I love working with bulky/chunky yarns and Bernat Softee Chunky offers not only a great yarn but a lot of colors to choose from! So now…meet the Huggables!

    Meet Bunny.

    screen-shot-2018-01-03-at-4-32-32-pm Bunny from Huggable Amigurumi by Kristi Simpson

    She was designed with giant floppy ears and a sweet ruffle collar. The head was made from nose to middle back, unlike the others. It is easy and the pattern steps you right through from start to finish! I love the idea of a toddler pulling it along by it’s ears…like a sweet buddy!

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    Say hello to Elephant.

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    Being from Alabama, the elephant was an easy-pick. I wanted to make it ‘just right’. So, I worked for hours on the trunk so that it would be in perfect proportion. I didn’t want it to just stick straight out, or hang down---so, I worked and worked and made it easy for YOU! Now, the ears. I love them. Large and floppy! I used the variegated yarn on the ends of the hands, feet and the ears so that you can see the contrast and have the extra special touch. And you can see how BIG these animals are by this photo… look at him with the sweet boy!!!!

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    Squishy Level 10: Lion

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    My kids vote this their favorite hands-down! They love the ears, nose and the mane. I made it from the top down and I step you through each part of it… don’t worry! The mane is actually from the neck, to the top and back down (not all over) so it’s just a fun feature, not all over. I love this one, and how it came together. I can just see it being squished and loved on for many years.

    Cuteness alert! Giraffe is here!
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    Okay. This is MY favorite. I love it from the top of his horns to the ends of his hooves. Such cuteness! I love the spunk of his spikey hair fringe to the spots all over! I love it! I actually tried different ways to add his spots: circles, rectangles, odd shapes….but stitching them on was the perfect way to do it! I have been asked to re-make this one multiple times…. It has been a hit!

    Hello Handsome…Meet the Monkey

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    Dressed up in his bow tie, he’s ready to hit the town with his best buddy. His goofy grin always makes me smile and I just love his hands. Seriously, they are made like mitts to give him the most huggable effect! His perky-side ears give him the mischievous monkey look and he’s sure to impress with his big eyes too!

    From designing this book to seeing the final product, I have loved each and every step…..and I just know you’re going to love making (AND GIVING) these squishy Huggables! I hope you create your own Huggable that will be cherished for years to come. So, what are you waiting for? Get your hook and yarn and get busy!

    Kristi Simpson

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