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  • Fall Décor Inspiration- Halloween and More!

    Hey makers! Fall has struck, and we couldn't be happier - because now we can break out that fall décor! We have a bunch of ideas this year to share with you, both festive and just plain fall fun. Almost all of these projects are easy to make and can be finished before the season ends, so you have creative new artwork to show off to your guests. Scroll to find your favorite craft category, and start your next project!

    Crochet

    Kids Snuggies - Book 75678

    Half Moon Rugs - Book 75664

    Whether you're ready for Thanksgiving turkey or Halloween popcorn balls, we've got patterns to fit your seasonal décor style. This sugar skull Snuggie from Kids Snuggies is perfect for the Halloween homebody that loves to stay in and watch Hocus Pocus. You can change up the size of the pattern as needed, but we say that this isn't just a Snuggie for kids. This would be a great spooky surprise for adults too! It's so cozy, you can keep it up even after All Saints Day. If you're looking for hunting cabin décor, or just a simple rustic touch to your home, try this rug from Half Moon Rugs! The antlers really make this rug stand out, even though it's made with neutral yarn colors. This would be a great gift for both guys and gals, and would be a great neutral accent to any home during the fall. Who knows, you might wanna keep it through winter.

    Crochet Afghan Revival - Book 7572

    If you're looking for a bigger project to take on, try this falling leaves afghan from Crochet Afghan Revival. Not only is the picture above a whole mood, but the afghan itself is a really great accessory for your loveseat, during and after fall. This is a style of afghan that goes beyond the season, and the pattern itself is long lasting and comfy for those cold fall and winter mornings.

    Knit

    If you're in need of some extra kitchen accessories, then look no further for festive fall décor. These fruit and veggie potholder and dishcloths from Make In A Weekend Potholders and Dishcloths are perfect for you! The book title is self explanatory, you can literally make these in just one weekend, they're that easy. in days you can have adorable Corn Cob Dishcloths or Golden Apple Potholders to decorate your kitchen for fall.

    Craft

    Pumpkins Pumpkins Pumpkins! - Book 6870

    Home Candle Making - Book 7311

    If you've been waiting to decorate for Halloween since November 1st of last year, then we have some spooky and spell-binding projects that will light up your space brighter than a full moon. Everyone loves a good pumpkin transformation but sometimes you don't want all that mess. Pumpkins Pumpkins Pumpkins has some great transformation ideas that don't require you to gut your pumpkin (see picture above). You can even use fake pumpkins for these ideas, so you can use them year round! Trick or treat with your embellishments with sweet white flowers or scary spiders, and create fun and fancy pumpkin displays to elevate your haunted house.

    If you wanna get witchy with your halloween decor, then this crystal candle form Home Candle Making looks like it came straight out of a witch's cauldron. You can choose what kind of crystals to put into your candle, and even add your favorite essential oils to make it an extra special potion. The choice is up to you! You can look through the book for other fall inspired candles too, there are tons of recipes!

    Stitchery

    Falling Leaves and Snow Garden Stitchery Kit - Item 49804 & Item 49802

    If you want to go less spooky and more subtle fall vibes, then these Stitchery Kits are great fall projects. These kits really make embroidery easy. You have everything you need to create whimsical and colorful scenes, from needles to multiple colors of floss. The best part about these kits are the pre-printed designs already on the cloth included. It's as simple as securing the design onto the embroidery hoop, and then stitching along the lines! Once you're done you can display them anywhere in your home or office that needs a little autumn magic. Our Falling Leaves Stitchery Kit is extra magical with a translucent fabric as the background, giving an illusion of actual falling leaves. With our Snow Garden Stitchery Kit, you don't have to wait for the snow to fall, you can bring winter mornings to your living room! This kit is a great minimalist addition to our collection and looks really nice next to the falling leaves (pictured above).

    Are you feeling festive yet? If you've tried any of these projects, or any have any other fall decor ideas, then tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios.

    Happy making!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Merry Christmas in July! Fun Crafts for a Quirky Holiday

    It's the 25th of July, craft family. You know what that means? It's Christmas Day (in July)! We can all agree that this is an odd holiday overall, and while we complain about seeing all of this Christmas stuff way too early, we secretly can't deny how fun it is to see the festive decorations in store every year. Christmas time is supposed to be a joyous holiday filled with family, friends, and love. Why wouldn't you want that a second time in the year? Which is why we love to celebrate it here at Leisure Arts. We have a Giveaway going on until July Currently, where we are granting one lucky individual a chance to win 15 books, and an Oval Loom Kit.

    If you want to enter the Giveaway, Click Here. 

    You can give those books a once over if those interest you, but for this week's post, we're gonna  show you some other great crafts that you can make with the family unit for Christmas in July!

     

    Holiday Crafts For The Kids

    The people you buy the most gifts for are always the little lights of your life: your kids! Well, or nieces or nephews or grandchildren. Check out some of the best selling pattern books for kids that are currently on sale now.

    Kid's Snuggles - SKU # 75678

    Holiday Crafts Mermaid Snuggie
    Holiday Crafts Princess Snuggie

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A fun and popular book for the kids, this is a great pattern book full of gifts that spark imagination! Make nap time fun with character blankets and soft yarn.

     

    Baby Stacks -  SKU # 75668

    Holiday Crafts Bumble Bee Baby Stack
    Holiday Crafts Zoo Animal Baby Stack

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    You'll have so much fun making these adorable designs for your little one at home! These baby stacks make for great activities that keep the baby's attention and coordination skills in good shape.

     

    Busy Baby Boxes - SKU # 75672

    Holiday Crafts Fairy Princess Baby Box
    Holiday Crafts Farm House Busy Baby Box

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A fun addition to playtime, these designs are great for keeping the little one's attention and are filled with up to six little crochet finger puppets as an added bonus!

     

    Fun With Crochet

    Crochet is one of our most popular categories, because there is so much versatility! We have a few of our new books in crochet available during our sale, like these two favorites!

    Artisan Jewelry - SKU # 75670

    Holiday Crafts Thread Crochet Fan Necklace
    Holiday Crafts Bead and Tassel Necklace
    Holiday Crafts Chain Link Necklace

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Thread Crochet is a delicate style of crochet, that can produce amazing results. Jewelry is a phenomenon that you wouldn't expect crochet to fit into, but it does! You can have all different types of unique jewelry from the styles above, from simple baubles to fancy chain links!

     

    Quick Crochet Flowers - SKU # 75684 

    Holiday Crafts Crochet Flower Dream Catcher
    Holiday Crafts Embroidery Hoop Flower Art

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This is a great book full of fun home decor projects. The new designs take crochet to an elegant level that sophisticates your home with DIY Flowers and embroidery.

     

    Extras!

    I know that having all of these books to choose from is a lot to take in, so let us help! here are a few extra books that we love that you should pick up during our sale.

    Oversized Knits - SKU # 75680

    Holiday Crafts Oversized Blue Knit Cap and Scarf Set
    Holiday Crafts Oversized Messy Bun Hat
    Holiday Crafts Oversized Lime Green Shawl

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A book chock full of quirky designs, this is an interesting pattern book that will make you want to pick up jumbo knitting. The designs range from fun winter hats to flirty summer shawls!

     

    Make a Crochet Garden - SKU # 75669

    Holiday Crafts Crochet Cacti Pencil Cup Holder
    Holiday Crafts Hanging Crochet Garden
    Holiday Crafts Succulent Crochet Table Runner

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This pattern book has been one of our most popular this year, and for good reason! The book allows you to create a garden that will never wilt, and bring a unique edge to your usual home decor!

     

    After School Kid's Crafts - SKU # 7238

    Holiday Crafts Small and Soft Owl Satchels
    Holiday Crafts Felty Fun Unicorn Art
    Holiday Crafts Fun Felt and Stitch Tree Art

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A fun book to bring home to the kids! They'll make the coolest school accessories with the designs from this book.

     

    There are plenty more where these came from, Crafters! There are over 560 titles in the Christmas in July Sale section right now, so I would take advantage of it while it lasts!

     

    Shop our Sale, Now! 

    Use code JINGLEJULY at checkout to get the discount.

     

    Happy Crafting!

     

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Crafting Across Cultures: Mexico

     

    Hey craft family!

    Today we’re switching it up with a hot new crafting series, affectionately known as “Crafting Across Cultures”. We get so wrapped up in our own projects, and tend to forget about what’s going on with the rest of the world (in crafting, that is). I want to focus in on a specific country for each post in the series, and shine the spotlight on some of the great crafts and Folk Art they have to share with the world. Let's expand everyone’s horizons in craft, and spread new ideas across cultures.

    This Week? We have Mexico! 

    Mexico

    Known for its beautiful textiles and interesting pottery designs, Mexico has had a stronghold in the arts for quite some time (since 1400 BCE, according to Wikipedia). Today, we’re going to focus on the traditions of making these crafts, and the cultural significance it has for Mexico. 

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    Textiles

    The textiles of Mexico have worn many hats. Clothing was originally made from plants and cottons, which later expanded to more luxurious fabrics like silks and wool after the conquest of the Aztec Empire. Most fabrics are made with naturally dyed fibers, which give nice earthy tones to the coloring and prints in the textiles. Most are embroidered and adorned with fresh patterns that incorporate the Mexican flag in some form or fashion.

    Here are some of Mexico’s most popular textile fashions!

    rebozo

    Rebozo

    This is a garment that is still widely used today in both mixed-race communities and indigenous cultures. This long shawl is used to carry heavy objects close to the body, or support a baby. It’s traditionally a long piece of cloth with fringe on the sides, and can be made as big or as small as the crafter wants.

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    Serape / Saltillo Blanket

    Always featuring a diamond shape in the center, the Saltillo blanket is beautiful and functional. The blankets were historically worn by men during their travels. Made with natural woven fibers, they are always bright in color as a tribute to the gods. It is speculated that if you wear bright colors, you keep evil spirits away and are granted favors from the gods. That’s why these blankets will always have luxurious blues, pinks, greens and purples, all naturally dyed from fruits and insects.

    Otomi embroidery

    Otomi Embroidery

     This is a style of embroidery that is implemented on fabrics in Mexico. This style of hand painting on fabric is based off cliff painting and could take weeks or even years to complete. Otomi Women trace a design on a white cotton cloth, and then go back and stitch with a technique that only appears on one side of the cloth. The designs seem abstract, but relate to cave painting motifs that date back to hundreds of years ago.

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    The Making of Textiles in Mexico

    The textiles you just saw are traditionally made by spinning, weaving and sewing. Hand weaving fabrics on backstrap looms to create intricate patterns and color combinations are still common practices in Mexico. In fact, this article from Zinnia Folk Arts references that each Mesoamerican culture had a deity that watched over the women who wove and created fabrics. Textile making was known to be a gift to women from the gods. Fabrics were used as a form of payment earlier in time. Whoever had the best fabrics were known to be of a higher social class. Materials and adornments like beads, feathers, and rabbit fur were woven into the nice materials, and cotton was eventually introduced from the areas the Aztecs took over (but was only available to the wealthy). It’s amazing to think about how important materials like fabrics can be to a culture. From fibers to thread, then thread to tradition.

     

    Hope you had fun learning something new today! If there are other crafts to make from Mexico, please share them with us. We’re always curious!

     

    If you want to learn how to start crocheting or weaving so you can make these awesome designs (or designs similar), we have a few books to recommend!

    Learn to Weave

    Learn To Weave

    Learn To Embroider

    Learn to Embroider

    Poncho Rebound 

    Poncho Rebound

    Modern Southwest Afghans

    Modern Southwest Afghans

    Cool String Art

    Cool String Art

    Lastly, If you wanted to learn more about the Crafting Culture in Mexico, we have some pretty neat links for you to click on below!

    History of a trend: Otomi embroidery and patterns

    Textile Making in Mexico by Cristina Potters of "Mexico Cooks" 

    Textiles of Mexico

    Mexican Textiles 101: The Saltillo Blanket or Serape 

    Mexican Textiles 101: Cochineal, A Natural Way to Create Red Dye

    Mexican Textiles 101: What is a Mexican Rebozo? 

     

    Happy Crafting!

     

    -The Leisure Arts Team

     

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