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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.

    Heartland - Yosemite - Item 126175

    Hometown - Tampa Spice - Item 126108

    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

  • Surprise Your Sweetie! Epic Projects That Make Great Gifts.

    February may be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean you should stop celebrating love! Love is a driving factor in crafting, Maker friends. We create and share our wonderful work with the people we care about, and we crochet, knit, color, and more because we love practicing these hobbies. Which is why we have some amazing projects that you can surprise a special someone with, and bring a huge smile to anyone's face. Be it a significant other, a friend, or your next door niehgbor that plays music a little too loud (see: Aromatherapy Jewelry), everyone can benefit from a little present now and then.

    So, find your favorite craft medium, and see if you've found the special surprise you've been searching for!

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    Cup Cozies for the Coffee Addict

    surprise Cup Cozies - Book 75568
    surprise Cup Cozies - Book 75568

    Oh, Coffee. 64 percent of Americans drink one cup every morning. So why not make their morning moments more comfortable? Not to mention, cute! We have these crafty and quirky patterns from Cup Cozies that are perfect for your favorite caffeine junkie. We did a previous Blog Post on this book a few moons ago, if you want a more in depth look at these crafty cozies. Crochet the cunning kitten for your favorite Cat Lady (top right), or the bumble bee cozy for the exceptionally busy bee (top left)!

     

     

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    Warm & Fuzzy Feet = Warm & Fuzzy Hearts

    surprise Knit Socks For Those You Love - Book 7369
    surprise Knit Socks For Those You Love - Book 7369

    Socks have always been classified as a boring gift, but you always end up needing them, and essentially can't live without them (nobody wants stinky feet). So don't underestimate the power of a cute and cozy sock as a present, especially knit ones! We have a variety of socks to knit from Knit Socks For Those You Love that can be used for multiple scenarios. Do your morning Yoga routine in these coral ankle wraps (top left), or crash on the couch with this bubblegum pink pattern (top right).

     

     

     

     

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    Aromatherapy Surprise - Create & Meditate

    surprise Aromatherapy Jewelry - Book 7353
    surprise Aromatherapy Jewelry - Book 7353

    Who doesn't love a good scented candle or lotion? The right smell can transport you to a new attitude, and keep you meditating for days. Now imagine being in that relaxed state, all the time! That's what you get when you wear one of our designs from Aromatherapy Jewelry. With easy to follow instructions on how to infuse essential oils with absorbent Volcanic Lava Beads, you can surprise your special someone with a beautiful and modern piece of jewelry. But that doesn't have to just extend to your significant other! Our Aromatherapy Jewelry designs make the perfect gifts for friends, colleagues, you can even incorporate these beads into a dog collar! Dogs deserve to be relaxed too.

     

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    Bright and Beautiful Baby Baubles (Say that 3X fast)

    surprise Baby Quilts - Book 7363
    surprise Baby Quilts - Book 7363

    The perfect surprise for a new mother is a breathtaking baby blanket. Our geometric and colorful Baby Quilts are perfect to brighten up and revamp a nursery, and keep the next generation cozy and crafty. Play with shapes, colors, appliqués, and overlays as you customize any of these seven quilt patterns. This project might take a bit longer to create and surprise someone with, but the end result is definitely worth it.

     

     

     

     

     

    Which project would you surprise someone with? Tell us below! If you make any of these projects, tag us @leisureartsinc with #LeisureLife. We love to see what's going on in your studios!

     

     

     

    Stay Creative!

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    -Leisure Arts Team

     

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  • Color Concoctions with Leisure Life and Lion Brand : Pomegranate

    Now begins the month of romance, makers! Whether you love it or hate it, February is a month full of love and affection. That's why this month, Leisure Arts is hosting a Celebrate Love campaign, focusing on all forms of love. Self love, love for others, love for your pets, crafts, all that warm and fuzzy stuff!  Leisure Arts is celebrating love by ditching the traditional Valentine's Day red, and kicking it up a notch by continuing our 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. Every month, we're going to do a blog post, and recommend some awesome yarn based on our featured color, and fun projects that match the meaning of the hue! This month, we want you to fall in love with our February color, Pomegranate, the second color in Lion Brand's List. Here's more on the color!

    Pomegranate Pomegranate Spread - Lion Brand Colors of the Year

    "A mysterious fruit that is at once sweet and sour, Pomegranate is several colors at once. Its skin a deep crimson, it’s berries a rich dark currant, our Pomegranate embraces the spectrum of these hues.

    When worked up in lace and feminine silhouettes it takes on a romantic vibe, the deep burgundy also lends itself to gender neutral dressing and menswear inspired fashion."

     

    It sounds like pomegranate has a lot of versatility to it as a color, so we wanted to recommend some versatile patterns to match! Not to mention, we have the best Lion Brand Yarns to boot. Heartland - Isle Royale is the perfect balance between mauve and burgundy, and the yarn itself has a lot of great texture to it. Our second choice, Hometown USA- NAPA Valley Pinot, has a much richer hue to the yarn, and is great for when you need a strong accent.

    Pomegranate Heartland - Isle Royale - Item 126188
    Pomegranate Hometown USA - NAPA Valley Pinot - Item 126130

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We wanted to show a wide array of projects that you can incorporate this versatile color into. So, find your favorite craft medium, and see if you've added another project onto your February To-Do list!

     

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    Accents and Arrows - Geometric Fun

    Point your style in the right direction with these lovely patterns that would be perfectly accented in pomegranate. Fair Isle Crochet has projects all about mixing colors, and getting the most out of your patterns. So play with darks and lights as you work in the Fair Isle Technique. Only two colors are used per row, and the unused color is worked over, weaving it into the fabric.

    Pomegranate Fair Isle Crochet - Book 7236
    Pomegranate Homespun Comfort Afghans - Book 75686

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you want style and comfort, try your hand at this cozy cross-patterned pomegranate accented afghan. Any pattern from Homespun Comfort Afghans will bring you joy, but this wrap specifically speaks to our design aesthetic for the month. It has a perfect balance of dark and light tones, and is soft enough to put you into a warm and fuzzy sleep state.

     

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    Yarn Fun For Everyone! Gender Neutral Pomegranate Patterns

    Lion Brand talked about the versatility that pomegranate can play in men's and women's fashion. Which is extremely important when it comes to creating long lasting clothing and comfort items. This pattern from Make in a Weekend Comfy Knit Throws borders on a masculine and feminine style with a striped design that appeals to both genders.

    Pomegranate Make in a Weekend Comfy Knit Throws - Book 75679
    Pomegranate Knit Hats & Scarves for Kids - Book 6721

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hats and Scarves for Kids features a lot of patterns that can be worn by boys and girls, like this beautiful wine red design (top right). The deep red tones look perfect against any skin tone, and is stylish, simple, and best of all functional. You'll look the best and feel the warmest during those fun days in the snow!

     

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    Pretty in Pomegranate! Femme Fatale Fun

    You don't have to wash yourself in our monthly color to celebrate how great pomegranate is, you can subtly celebrate with little baubles like these from Quick and Simple Wirework. Punk out in pomegranate with this special spiked design, or take out the spikes to go low key in the office.

    Pomegranate Quick and Simple Wirework - Book 7214
    Pomegranate Quick and Simple Wirework - Book 7214

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    No matter which way you wrap the wire, adding little snippets of color (especially a lush color like pomegranate) will always take your wardrobe to the next level.

     

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    Romance in Traditions - Lovely Quilts

    While we talk a lot about being creative and innovative, we tend to forget about occasionally keeping tradition. Quilting has always been a timeless craft that relies on designs that age like a fine bottle of (pomegranate) wine.

    Pomegranate Quilts That Honor Tradition - Book 6698
    Pomegranate Quilts That Honor Tradition - Book 6698

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Quilts That Honor Tradition is a great book that keeps all of the beautiful and popular trends in quilting in one place. You'll find beautiful modern infusions featuring vintage patchwork and appliqué patterns (above) that make these easy to follow quilting patterns instant keepsakes. these specific patterns incorporate Pomegranate into their design effortlessly.

     

    Remember, these are just our suggestions! 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 this deep Pomegranate shade, tag us @leisureartsinc with #LeisureLife. We love to see what's going on in your studios!

    Stay Creative!

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    -Leisure Arts Team

     

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  • Incorporate Pantone's Color of the Year - Living Coral- Into Your 2019 Life

    Pantone has done it again. They've churned out a rockin' choice for 2019's color of the year: Living Coral! We didn't know how we'd ever get over 2018's Ultra Violet, but lo and behold, here we are, admiring another bright, beautiful, and bold color. Pantone drew from nature and intimacy in their color choice this year, hoping that the warmth from Living Coral will "provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment." Too much of our reality today has become digital, and Pantone hopes that the fresh and inviting hue of this color choice  will inspire you to unplug and unwind this year. When the time comes for your own designing, here is the color code and shade range of Living Coral (16-1546).

    Living Coral

    Check out what the executive director of Pantone's Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, had to say about Living Coral.

    "Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities, and this is particularly true for Living Coral. With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsive chord."

    The color has already become a popular shade that's being incorporated into living rooms, clothing, art, and home decor. We love it so much, we've already started using it around the office. We all know that the best way to a fresh start is a fresh space, and it couldn't be more true for us makers. Here are some great Leisure Arts tips and tricks on how you can incorporate Living Coral into your 2019 life.

     

    Living Coral + Diamond Art = The Perfect Kit for 2019

    Living Coral Diamond Art by Leisure Arts - Lotus Advanced Kit

    We love how effortless and easy Diamond Art is, and it totally goes along with Pantone's theme of unplugging from media and unwinding with color. Our Advanced Lotus Diamond Art Kit (above) has the perfect shade range to satisfy your new hunger for Living Coral. The 13 faceted gems make the flower stand out in any room, and give your space that relaxing feel that will put you in the perfect creative state.

     

    Paint The Year Away With Happy Abstracts

    Living Coral Happy Abstracts - Book 7412
    Living Coral Happy Abstracts - Book 7412

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Most Pantone shades start with painting a room, or adding an accent here or there. So why not kick it up a notch and go beyond that color on the wall? Happy Abstracts helps you be bold and beautiful with color, and what better color to start with than the new 2019 hue? Go beyond the classic still life and play with abstract shapes and sizes as you follow the projects in this how to abstract painting book. The best thing about abstract painting is that you can make it your own! So this year, liven up your space with bright and brilliant paintings (above left). Just look at how nice the paintings look against that lighter shade of coral (above right)!

     

    Live It Up With Coral Accents in Crochet

    Living Coral Quick Crochet with Flowers - Book 75684
    Living Coral Quick Crochet with Flowers

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you're looking to use coral as an accent only, these home decor pieces from Quick Crochet With Flowers is definitely the way to go. Tune into nature when you create these wild and wonderful floral designs with mixed media materials and fine weaving techniques. Go rustic with a lighter shade of coral like the branched out wreath shows (above right), or even vary the shades of coral in your designs, as the dream catcher (above left) does.

    Living Coral Lacy Afghans - Book 7199

    If you want to accent your home with a nice afghan instead, try out this beautiful Lacy Afghan (above)! Perfect crochet patterns for any season, and comfy for every occasion! You can even change out the darker coral shade for a brighter yarn if you wanted to, the choice is yours!

    Living Coral Honolulu Pink Yarn - Lion Brand

    If you're having trouble finding yarn colors similar to Living Coral, we have a yarn from Lion Brand's Hometown USA collection, labeled "Honolulu Pink" (above) that you can try! It's vibrant and bold, and almost exactly like Living Coral.

    Knit Yourself A New 2019 Aesthetic

    Living Coral Dishcloth Dresses - Book 75615
    Living Coral Knit Color Block Blankets - 7224

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    For the knit obsessed crafters, we have some great versatile patterns for you try. Knit Color Block Blankets may be a book about simple baby blankets, but you can always tweak the pattern to make the blanket bigger! This contrasted and color blocked pattern (above right) is a great example. Contrast this navy blue an bright turquoise with a complimentary coral block or two.

    If you're looking for something quirky for your kitchen decor, we have inventive little helpers for your dish soap bottles (above left)! If you want to show your guests that you're trendy and pay attention to details, then knit yourself little kitchen dishcloth dresses!

     

    Quilt/Sew Fun With Embroidery Hoops

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    Living Coral Home Decor Using Grommets - Book 7342

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2019 will have one thing in common with 2018 : The desperate desire for easy breezy life hacks. Last year, our go-to book was Home Decor Using Grommetswith it's neat and functional craft space hacks (above right). This year, we have Hoops Hooray, a book that takes embroidery hoops to the next level. Play with swatches of fabric and felt as you reinvent home decor with these simple sewing accessories. Take the effortless and stylish storage pouch made from this adorable patterned coral fabric (above left). This project is the perfect mix of fashion and function, and there's plenty more projects just like it in this book.

     

    Living coral was chosen by Pantone to rejuvenate your year and bring you comfort and warmth. Hopefully, we've given you some inspiration for your new 2019 setup. Start the new year with bold, bright, and creative choices!

    Leisure Arts will be posing more inspirational posts about color throughout the year based on Lion Brand's Colors Of The Year! Our first post might even be appearing soon (hint, hint). Stay tuned!

     

    Happy Decorating!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Tidy Tips with Leisure Arts: Organizing Your Craft

     

     

    Hey craft family! 

    We all wish that we had a super-sonic vacuum that just magically cleaned our homes and arranged everything perfectly (if you haven’t dreamed of this, you’re lying). But the reality is that we make messes every day, and have trouble cleaning up after ourselves. The phrase, “Eh, I’ll do it later” has probably ruined more lives than a natural disaster has. So, let’s be honest, if you’re reading this article, your craft space is probably a natural disaster in and of itself. 

    That’s why this week, we are here to help!

    We’ve compiled a list of tips that help you get in the habit of keeping a tidy and organized workspace, and because we're so nice, we'll give you some neat projects to help you with your newfound mission. Here we go! 

    Compartmentalize… But In A Good Way.

    Salt Water Taffy Collection

    Stashing everything left and right isn’t going to do you any good in the long run. You can lose important items, or even worse, forget you had some items and go out and buy them again (trust me, we’ve all been there). The best thing to do is to categorize your things into sections! By doing this, you know where everything is at all times, and won’t end up with two extra bottles of that fabric glue you needed last week. 

    Boxes, Baskets, and Shelves, Oh My!

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    You can’t compartmentalize without having actual compartments. Boxes are the best way to keep things in the right place, but other great storage ideas include shelves, baskets, and hanging storage devices. Here are some great ideas for storage From Leisure Arts that you can make yourself! 

    Baskets - #75496

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    Baskets - yellow

    T shirt Yarn Home Décor - #7222

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    Love and Let Go - Get Rid of the Clutter! 

    If your inner hoarder is cringing on the inside at this post so far, don't worry! If you cannot bear to part with the scraps you tend to keep from other projects, then put them good use, and start a scrap project! This way, you get to be creative and tidy at the same time.

    Here is a similar scrap project idea book that will help you with this project:

    More Projects From Your Scrap Bag - #5169

    More Projects From Your Scrap Bag

     

    Clean Up at the End of the Day - You’ll Thank Me Later

    This tip is the most important, because it will help keep your space constantly clean! If you spend just a little bit of time cleaning up at the end of each work day in your craft area, you have less to worry about and more time to work on your projects for the next day! A little goes a long way, especially when it comes to cleaning!

     

    Hopefully, these projects inspire you to keep a clean workspace, because after all, we work at our best when we have a clear mind, and a clean office.

    Happy Crafting!

     

    -Leisure Arts Team

     

  • Stitching With A Conscience: Crafting and Wellness

     

    Hey craft family! 

    We know that last month was ‘Stitch Away Stress’ month, but let’s face it, that’s every month for us hardworking civilians. In a perfect world, life’s biggest pressures would be swept away with the power of a single cross stitch.

    In a Perfect world.  

    The cold hard truth of this life is that some days are going to be harder than others, and that can make us feel overwhelmed. But never fear, crafting is here! We artists have found ways to cope with our stress though many mediums, be it painting, writing, or, our personal favorite, stitching! Crocheting, knitting, sewing and quilting; you name it, and we’ve all tried it at some point. 

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    The act of creating something, anything, gives you a sense of comfort and control, even when you’re at your most uncomfortable and unkempt. We get to choose what to make, how to make it, and what to do with our creation afterwards. I know when I work on my projects, I feel a sense of peace wash over me, and I can go into a nice meditative state. In the New York Times article, “The Health Benefits of Knitting”, Jane Brody quotes that the repetitive action of needlework can induce a "relaxed state" in crafters, very similar to the meditative state one would reach if they were doing yoga. When we get like this, our heart rates lower, our blood pressures drop, and we can almost feel the cortisol (stress) hormones leaving our bodies. 

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    With stitching, you can set up your own meditation studio anywhere you go. You could be on the train to the beach with a cup of hot tea beside you; or at home, lounging on the couch, kicking back to the classics while your kids do the dishes and leave you in peace (in a perfect world, am I right?). The point is that the repetitive looping action, working towards a greater goal, with nothing else to worry about but the next stitch in the set, will bring you more peace than any yoga instructor with their 'vegan milkshakes' ever could. 

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    If you’re worried about not being artistic enough to reach this bliss, don’t worry! Even if you think you can’t do something well, just the simple act of doing it relieves your stress. In a Huffington Post article, Priscilla Frank writes about a recent discovery after a test was conducted on several participants during an art making session. Forty-five minutes of creative activity significantly lowered cortisol levels in the body, regardless of artistic talent. So, don’t let self-doubt get it in your way of relaxation.

    If you’re looking to find that new project, these books have some of the best projects to work on if you just want to mindlessly create and meditate: 

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    Fidget to Focus:

     

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    Quick Thread Projects:

     

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    Make in A Weekend Comfy Knit Throws:

     

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    50 Cross Stitch Quickies - Animals and Friends:

     

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    Make a Crochet Garden

     

    To learn more about the wellness benefits of stitching, check out these articles: 

    The Truth About Knitting and Crochet…

     

    Study Says Making Art Reduces Stress, Even If You Suck At It

     

    The Health Benefits of Knitting

     

    Stay creative, crafters! 

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Fashion Quilted Accessories

    Unique quilting ideas: that's what our all-new book Fashion Quilted Accessories is all about!  Today's Guest Blogger, Heidi Emmet, designed the fun patterns you'll find inside of Fashion Quilted Accessories and she's here today to talk about her inspiration for them. Welcome Heidi!

    My new book, Fashion Quilted Accessories, is for anyone who enjoys sewing, quilting, and creating something new and different. Each project is geared toward my motto: “Make it up, make it fun, and get it done! I’d love to tell you what inspired me to create the projects for this book. The cover of the book shows my Simply Super Quilted Vest.

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    With a cityscape panel as the centerpiece, I auditioned other fabrics around it. A textured home decorating fabric that has a quilted ‘look and feel’ became the foundation of the vest. Panel pieces are really popular. Whatever panel you choose, use this vest pattern to create your own-one-of-a-kind Art-to-Wear piece.

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    I have really enjoyed the “big” necklaces that are out there. I own a couple. By the end of the day, my neck is so tired by the weight of all those ‘jewels’! I was sitting at my sewing machine and looking at a scrap of heavily machine quilted fabric. The colors of the fabric and stitching reminded me of faceted jewels. What if…… and yes, the “Colorful Circles Necklace and Earrings” project was born. Fun to make and light as a feather, you won’t want to stop at just one set!

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    I knew I wanted to create a really different scarf and make a headband (or hat band) to match. I started walking the aisles of Joann’s. The allover butterflies in the quilting fabric section caught my eye. I carried that bolt over to the home decorating fabric department. I needed a “sheer” fabric that had some texture to hold the scarf knot in place and be easy to sew on. Use Terial Magic and an easy method to stitch down the motifs. What a chic and easy project to create.

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    Check out this pictures of this 1960’s tote from South America:

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    I had to bring it home from the thrift shop. It was so different from anything I had seen. As I looked at it more closely, it reminded me of saddlebags used by the Pony Express riders. I added the unusual idea of using a belt as the handle for this tote. I like being able to make the handle shorter or longer. Use all your favorite quilting fabrics in this one.

    Saddlebag Tote Saddlebag Tote

    I have a little draw-string jewelry holder which I use when I travel. I love how it almost opens flat, so I can find all the jewelry pieces that are stored inside. I took the same circle and drawstring idea and blew it waaay up.

    dsc_0265 My Sling Bag Coming Together

    The large circle I made needed to be a fun design in itself. Pinwheels are so interesting to look at, so that’s what I did. Use four of your favorite colors together in this Pinwheel purse.

    screen-shot-2017-04-06-at-5-12-04-pm Sling Bag

    There are so many beautiful scarf weight fabrics out there. Some are silk, rayon, or polyesters. I was looking at a printed piece that I had and doubled it in my hands and looked again. I loved the way the print showed through so subtly. The design had to be simple and easier to sew (very few seams) because of the slippery nature of the fabric. I had been looking through a design book by the great designer of the early 20th century, Erte’. His designs, while very intricate in nature, inspired me to go in reverse with my thinking. I started sketching what design would add a slimming silhouette while showing off a doubled sheer fabric to its best advantage. This vest will be a sensational piece to add to your wardrobe!

    Sensational Scarf Vest Sensational Scarf Vest

    I think I have succeeded in creating accessories that fit all levels of sewing skills from beginner to advanced. I want you to take your quilting to another level with these eye-catching fashions that show off your passion for beautiful fabrics! Thanks so much for visiting with me today. Please visit my blog to see what fun projects I’m working on now: Designsbyheidi.wordpress.com

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  • Sewing??

    I haven’t wanted to sew on a sewing machine since I graduated from my year of home economics in high school. I have probably had nightmares over the years over my experience in home economics. The first semester was cooking and the second semester was sewing. Cooking wasn't a problem. I had been cooking with my mother and both of my grandmothers since I was probably four or five. My mother picked my first sewing project and bought all the material for it. This could be part of my problem because it wasn't something that I would ever have chosen for myself. She chose a jumper like the ones that you see kids wear to private school for me to sew and the material was tan khaki cotton. I should know - I wore one myself when I started to school. I was in a private Christian School; my jumper was red, white, and blue plaid. In fourth grade I switched to public school. Cutting the pattern wasn't the problem, it was sewing all the pieces together. I had so many holes from ripping out stitches. I dreaded the day that we had to wear our finished projects to school. I packed an extra set of clothes to change into right after class. I never wore that jumper again. I now have a fear of sewing machines.

    I am more comfortable making and sewing things by hand. The last couple of years I have contemplated overcoming my fear of the dreaded sewing machine. Both of my grandmothers sewed quite beautifully; even my mother can sew. I was going through the Leisure Arts' website looking at books on everything but sewing when I stumbled across Pat Sloan’s book I Can’t Believe I’m Sewing. I thought to myself that it was time to overcome my fear of the sewing machine. It was easy not fretting over sewing on a sewing machine if you do not own one. I asked my friends on Facebook if they sewed and if they did, what is the best machine to learn on. One of my friends said that they had a new sewing machine still in the box and asked if I would like to use it. Yes!! Please!! So I have her new machine - don’t laugh, it’s a Hello Kitty sewing machine. But hey it works.

    With the book and my friend who lives next door neighbor came over and gave me a quick review. I was surprised about what all I remembered from my home economics class. The only problem that I had with the machine is my bobbin kept shooting out at me. Seriously!! It was shooting out at me like it was possessed or something. I finally tilted it back a little so I could try inserting the bobbin one last time and the problem was I wasn't getting it into a little notch. But once in I had no more shooting bobbins. My first project on the sewing machine was small. I chose A Coaster Set from Pat Sloan’s book. I used tracing paper to trace the pattern and cut it out so I would cut all my material the same size. They aren't the most perfectly sewn coasters. My lines maybe a little wonky but hey I did it. I am ready for my next sewing project. I have some extra material; I will practice on some more coasters. I might even make some for gifts.

    FullSizeRender (15) Coasters

     

     

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