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  • Take I Love Yarn Day To The Next Level With These Projects

    Hi makers! For us yarn crafters, our time has come. I Love Yarn Day is approaching (October 12th), and we can't be more excited. For thousands of years, people made their own clothes and relied on skills passed down from their ancestors for survival. Fast forward to today and yarn crafts are mostly practiced as a fun pastime, a way to make money or a stress management tool. In spite of this, skills like knit and crochet are still just as important, especially with the rise of the DIY movement and a desire for sustainability.

    I Love Yarn Day is every year on the second Saturday of October and is a day for yarn enthusiasts across the world to share what they love about fiber arts and why they practice these ancient skills. This year’s virtual event, which takes place on Oct. 12, will encourage yarn crafters to share with people in their lives why they love yarn.

    In fact, we're so excited that we are celebrating the holiday all month long! We love cozy knit and crochet designs, but we’re stepping up the yarn game with weaving, plastic canvas and home décor too. If you enter our monthly giveaway here, then you can win all of these great goodies that we're about to talk about. So let's jump into it!

    Crochet

    Crochet Afghan Revival - Book 7572

    Everything Baby Crochet - Book 7575

    We figured a great way to start I Love Yarn Month would be to celebrate some of our favorite patterns. We just recently published large collections of our best selling and easy-to-follow crochet patterns, and we're going to show you some of our favorites from these books! Hopefully you'll be just as inspired as we are! We'll start with patterns that always hit big in the fall - Afghans. Crochet Afghan Revival has an afghan pattern for every season, and this plum pattern is perfect for fall (first picture above). It has a great geometric pattern that will keep you cozy during those chilly months.

    If you're making for baby this season, then Everything Baby Crochet has, well, everything you need. This Tunisian Cocoon and Cap is perfect for keeping your little one snuggled up and protected when they're dreaming of becoming an astronaut. The texture of the Tunisian technique will be soft on the baby's skin, and the blue color is super soothing.

    The Big Book of Crochet Accessories - Book 7578

    Amigurumi: An Adorable Collection - Book 7573

    If you're itching for some extra fall accessories, then we've got you covered. The Big Book of Crochet Accessories has this beautiful scalloped fall colored scarf (first picture above) that is a great light layer for any outfit. You can create lacy and textured patterns with easy-to-follow instructions! This is just one of the accessories you can make from this book, there are over 40 to choose from.

    Amigurumi is a hot trend right now with yarn, because you can make some adorable little and large creations. This turtle from Amigurumi: An Adorable Collection is one of our favorite patterns from the book, but you can make so much more! These little plush animals can be great gifts for kids and grown-ups! Who wouldn't want this little turtle as a desk buddy? He even has a matching strawberry!

    Knit

    Another collection of our favorites is The Best of Knit Accessories! We have tons of patterns for you to choose from in the book, but our favorite is this beaded knit bracelet! The accessory doesn't even look like it was knitted together, and the pearlescent beads take the neutral tone of the bracelet and punch it up with blue tones as the beads hit light. You can take this pattern and customize it as you like with different color beads, or with different clasps. This is just one of the ways that you can get creative with a different weight of yarn.

    If you're looking for some casual accessories to create this season, then look no further! Casual Weekend Knits has and adorable mustard colored clutch (above) pattern that is fall staple material. Using easy stitches and a little patience, you'll work up this small clutch quickly, and it will last you well past the fall season. You can even line your clutch with fun fabric for a fun surprise every time you reach for your car keys!



    If you're looking for a fun project with little prep work, then our Mini Maker Books Plus Kits are for you(video above)! For I Love Yarn Month, we recommend the Knit Hat Kit. This kit has everything you need to make an adorable and comfortable knit hat, needles and all! It even comes with project book, so you're not just stuck with one pattern.

    Extras

    Plastic canvas is always a fun go-to yarn project to occupy your time with during I Love Yarn Month. This castle from Portable Playhouse Sets gets you in the perfect Halloween mood! Let the feasting begin as you have your knights gather 'round as the queen looks from her throne. The castle pattern has great brick detail, and even includes banners from two different armies.

    Learn To Weave - Leaflet 56062

    You can learn to weave fast and easy with this laminated leaflet Learn To Weave! This design in particular has a great color palette, using this blush color as a form of neutral. You can play around with shape, texture, and flourishes as you follow along with these step-by-step instructions. You start with a simple surface like the twig shown on the wall hanging above, and work your way down until you have a beautiful and abstract wall hanging full of textures and tassels.

    Textured Pillows - Book 7450

    If you're looking for alternative fall color combos, then this is the pillow for you! Textured Pillows has a lot of great design ideas for dressing up a typical throw pillow, which is perfect for upcycled fall décor. This pillow design also allows you to play with three different textures of yarn. The bright olive green of the pillow pops so well on the pillow, and you can make a similar one with simple stitches and some hot glue!

    These are all really creative ways to get crafty this year with yarn. If you've tried some of these projects, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios! Be sure to throw in a couple extra skeins for October 12th, and good luck with your projects this month.

    Happy stitching!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Easter Projects that are 100 Times Better Than Chocolate Bunnies.

    Easter is a holiday that drives faith and creativity. You spend hours making colored eggs and arranging beautiful baskets of goodies, all as a selfless and loving act for the ones you love. It's a perfect holiday for the family to come together and celebrate in what they have, and what they are thankful for (like thanksgiving, but with pastels and bunnies).

    Photo courtesy of shutterstock.com

    We all have that 'extra' family member that decks out everything on Easter (if you don't know who your decor crazy family member is, it's probably you). Oversized glittering eggs in the yard, pastel table runners on every surface, eats nothing but hard boiled eggs during the whole month leading up to Easter (because they're trying to perfect their deviled egg recipe, obviously). This post is for those big brawlers come Spring season. We've curated a list of fun and festive Easter projects that are definite crowd pleasers, and will update your already extensive Easter collection.

    Find your favorite craft medium, and jump right in!

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    Warm Hats for Wee Noggins - Book 5538

    Beautiful Bookmarks - Book 6687

    Just look at that baby face. Make your little one as cute as can be in this baby beanie with bunny ears! Warm Hats for Wee Noggins is full of cute knit patterns that will make you want to deck out your baby for every holiday.

    Sometimes its the little things that make the most impact when it comes to decoration. This thread crochet pattern from Beautiful Bookmarks shows a subtle but striking nod to the faith based component of Easter. Its intricate and detailed thread crochet work gives the bookmark a delicate nature to it, but don't be fooled the structure of the pattern is very strong, and works as a functional bookmark that will make sure you never lose your place.

    Overlay Crochet - Book 7503

    Fun Animal Pillows - Book 7341

    You can revamp your Easter décor by by punching up the typical pastel color scheme. Overlay Crochet is full of bold and cheerful designs, but this Doily Rug takes the cake. The colors bring an energetic feel to your space, and paired with some bright flowers like the sunflowers shown, this home décor accessory will make your home instantly Easter Sunday ready.

    Want to throw something extra in with the Easter basket this year? Try Crocheting this adorable bunny from Fun Animal Pillows! With its colorful stripes and adorable face, kids can't resist this adorable bunny, and honestly, adults can't either. The pillows in this book are so cute, and comfortable, everyone wants a crocheted cuddle buddy!

    Adorable Baby Cardigans - Book 7290

    Casual Weekend Knits - Book 7373

    Easter Sunday clothes are cute and all, but most outfits have a fatal flaw... they don't have a good cover up to match. Which is terribly unfortunate for your little ones who have to sit there shivering during your Sunday Service or egg hunt. This cardi from Adorable Baby Cardigans is the perfect neutral cover up that goes with almost anything. This Green Eyelet Lace Cardigan is a personal favorite, because it feels very nature inspired.

    The same rules for Easter outfits apply to adults too. Casual Weekend Knits is full of great cover ups like this aqua and gray buttoned trim shawl. This top is perfect for a nice spring day, and even better for early bird Easter services!

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    Dye-Namic Cross Stitch - Book 7588

    If you're looking to dye something other than Easter eggs this year, try these beautiful flower portraits from Dye-Namic Cross Stitch! This mixed media cross stitch is super easy to follow, and the result is beautiful. You use Rit Dye to pigment your canvas with whatever colors you see fit, and then create these beautiful flowers like this spring beauty with simple stitches, and then. The book is filled with other seasonal flowers too, so you have a flower to create for every season!

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    Colors of Nature - Book 7518

    Nature Hunt Page - Colors of Nature

    Here's another Easter alternative: Instead of hunting for Easter eggs, why not hunt for flowers? Colors of Nature is a great interactive nature journal, full of drawing tutorials and lessons about 15 beautiful plants and flowers. You can go on a nature hunt this Easter, and take your book and record your observations while learning to draw what you see! It takes a traditional Easter activity to the next level, and it gives a perfect balance of education and creation.

    DIY Fairy Gardens - Book 7364

    If you still want to switch up tradition, try DIY Fairy Gardens by Kristi Simpson! Spend some quality time antiquing with the family to find the vessels for these fun little homes, and say thanks to the sprites that keep your Easter eggs safe. After you've found the base, it's as easy as using elements from nature to make your Fairy Garden your own! Kristi just recently stopped by our video studio to talk about how fun and easy these portable spaces are to make, you can watch it here!

    Most of the things you see in this blog post are from our April Giveaway on our website. Enter to win all of these great projects and goodies! We also did a #LeisureLife Live! Segment on our Craft Away Stress Campaign, give it a watch.

    We hope some of our easter inspiration makes its way into your home décor this year! If you end up making any of these wonderful Easter projects, share it with us! Just use #LeisureLife. We love to see what's going on in your craft universe.

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • New Year, New Crafts! New Patterns and Projects for Adventurous Crafters.

    Hey again, crafters! We're back again with another post for our New Year, New You campaign for 2019. This year has been a whirlwind so far for us here art Leisure Arts! We're ready to bring you new ideas that will knock your socks off and inspire you to be more crafty in 2019. Our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube all have a new look and even better, we have new books! For the crafter that's been looking for new projects this January, look no further. We have some easy and effortless crafts and patterns that you can create just in time to write about in your bullet journals. Look for your preferred craft avenue, and see if our newest patterns are a perfect match!

     

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    Start Off The Year With Crochet Cheer!

    Crochet is one of our more popular craft channels, and we have the perfect patterns that will start your new craft journey with a smile. These cheery patterns from Happy Crochet are so bright and colorful that you physically can't be upset when you see them. These adorable patterns hold the sheer power of rainbows that will destroy any bad day or rough work week.

    Rainbow Wavy Scarf - Happy Crochet Rainbow Wavy Scarf - Happy Crochet
    Rainbow Rug - Happy Crochet Rainbow Rug - Happy Crochet

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The patterns in this book include fun and functional items like vertical wall hangings, cup cozies, wavy scarves, and even notebook covers! You'll never be bored with the projects in this book, because you have endless color combinations to work with, and all the time in the world to try every project.

    Rainbow Mandala - Happy Crochet Rainbow Mandala - Happy Crochet
    Floral Notebook Cover - Happy Crochet Floral Notebook Cover - Happy Crochet

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We do have two new crochet titles other than Happy Crochet, but they will be featured in a post coming soon, so stay tuned!

     

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    Knit...or Macrame? You Decide!

    Our new releases in knit are taking a vacation in the Bahamas (they weren't ready for the cold weather), but we have a project suggestion that has been recommend to us by many of our followers before: Macrame! We've been told by our knitting fanatics that macrame makes a great project for anyone who loves yarn and is willing to try new adventures. This craft certainly isn't new, but it's 2019! Be bold and try your hand at new techniques and trends. You might even find a way to revamp this older craft into eclectic and fun decor projects.

    Macrame Woven Wall Hanging - Get Started in Macrame
    Yellow Scarf - Cozy Scarves Yellow Scarf - Cozy Scarves

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you're looking into Macrame this year, give Get Started in Macrame a try! This book has everything you need to learn about this captivating yarn craft. But, if you want to stay in your lane of craft (no judgement), then here's Cozy Scarves, one of our most popular books during the Wintertime. With nine different styles and instructions that work for left and right handed stitchers, this book is every knitter's best friend!

     

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    Become A Free Spirit Stitcher

    Take risks with your thread projects this year, and go beyond the traditional scope of needlepoint. Free Spirit Stitching is our newest book for our quilt and sew friends, and we have some bold and beautiful options to choose from as your next project.

    projects Stitched Wall Hanging - Free Spirit Stitching
    projects Stitched Lace Purse - Free Spirit Stitching

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Give your everyday items a little bit of love with these decadent stitch patterns and overlay designs. Take an ordinary clutch to a style sensation (above right), or recycle old burlap and go wild (above left)! The options are endless with these 8 bohemian designs that incorporate traditional techniques from cross stitch, embroidery, and sewing basics.

     

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    2019 Projects: The Year of Homemade Bling

    I know that we have been pushing our Diamond Art product lately, but we can't forget about the original gem crafts, like jewelry making! It's a classic craft that brings out your creativity, and tests your eye for style. Our newest craft title, Get Started In Jewelry Makingshows off the newest jewelry trends for 2019! The book has a range of unique projects in glass beadwork that is sure to keep anyone busy and everyone happy. Play with marbled glass styles when you craft the Layered Necklace project (bottom right), or play with the fun caricature beads when you work on projects like the owl drop earrings (second row, right).

    Drop Necklace - Get Started in Jewelry Making Drop Necklace - Get Started in Jewelry Making
    Layered Necklace - Get Started in Jewelry Making Layered Necklace - Get Started in Jewelry Making

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The learning process is so easy, you can make these accessories in just one evening. Just imagine how effortless and unique you would look in these baubles, and you can show off your skills to all your friends when you get to tell them you made these beautiful accessories yourself.

    Glass Bead Necklace - Get Started in Jewelry Making Glass Bead Necklace - Get Started in Jewelry Making
    Owl Drop Earrings - Get Started in Jewelry Making Owl Drop Earrings - Get Started in Jewelry Making

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Every new year brings new changes, and we get the chance to reinvent ourselves. For us makers, we have the chance to reinvent the way we create! Make 2019 your year to try new things and give those daunting projects a go. You might end up finding a new hobby that will stick with you until 2020.

     

    Happy Adventuring!

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    -Leisure Arts Team

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