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Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

  • Urban Edge Blog Tour Begins Today!

    Searching for FAB crochet fashions? Look no further than the stylish designs that you can find in Urban Edge—the newest crochet pattern book from Shibaguyz Designz’ Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby!

    To celebrate the release of this way cool book, we’re staging a Blog Tour— starting today, and we’d like to invite you to attend. Check out the schedule of events:
    Urban Edge Tour Schedule (April 2-April 8)
    4/2 – Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
    Shibaguyz Designz
    shibaguyzdesignz.com
    4/3 – Jocelyn Sass
    Cute Crochet Chat
    crochetcafe.blogspot.com
    4/4 – Karen Ratto Whooley
    KRW Knitwear Studio
    krwknitwear.com/blog
    4/5 – Laurie Wheeler
    Crochet Liberation Front
    crochetliberationfront.com
    4/6 – Kim Guzman
    Crochet Kim
    kimguzman.wordpress.com/
    4/7 – Karrie Steinmetz
    Knit Purl Gurl
    www.knitpurlgurl.com
    4/8 – Drew Emborsky
    The Crochet Dude
    blog.thecrochetdude.com
    Be sure to visit each stop on the Tour this week to find out what our blog hosts have to share and for a chance to win a copy of Urban Edge!
    Of course, if you don’t want to wait to win, you can always get your very own copy of Urban Edge (print or download) right now from the good folks at Leisure Arts!

  • Downloadable Urban Edge Fashions to Crochet

    I know you've looked at all the pretty pictures from my 2 day Urban Edge Fashion Show - but have you discovered that in additon to the print version of Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby's new crocheted fashion pattern book, Urban Edge has also been released as a download!

    Now you can instantly download this way cool book right to your computer! How great is that?!!!

  • Spring Fashions: Knit & Crochet Vests

    It usually doesn’t start feeling like spring in Arkansas until at least the middle of March, but…since the flowers and the trees, and the birds and the temperatures all seem to indicate that spring has decided to come early this year, I’m already behind on restocking my warmer weather wardrobe. Consequently, I’m shopping the Leisure Arts knit & crochet pattern books for vest patterns that I like. Wanna help me pick?

    I found a whole book of Fresh Vests to Knit by Edie Eckman:

    Really like this Casual Charm Vest…

    Or Edie’s Lighthearted Vest…

    Or her Something Special Vest (It’s green; of course, I like it!).

    The I came across this Casual Vest to knit from Melissa Leapman’s Cardigan’s with a Conscience. (The photo model was made with Bernat Cot’n Corn Solid yarn—67% cotton & 33% corn. I kind of like the idea of a vest made of corn!)

    But since I can’t actually knit, (and nobody at Leisure Arts seems to be picking up on my hints), I must turn to our huge selection of crochet fashion pattern books:

    One of my favs is this Scallop-Edge Vest from Lisa Gentry’s Unforgettable Crochet. (I meant to make this vest when the book was first released. I even bought the yarn, but I got side-tracked…maybe, it’s time to try again!)

    This A-Line Vest is from Curvy Crochet by Marlaina Bird & Jill Wright. (I like the button tabs and the lacy inset in the back!)

    Loving the simple lines of Shibaguyz Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s Red Rock Vest from And That’s a Wrap!

    Lisa Gentry’s The Crochet Closet calls this design, a “Nice Striped Vest.” (And that’s the perfect description of it. The yarn colors really give it a great springy look, too!)

    The Crochet Dude Drew Emborsky’s Investing vest design from Crochet It. Love It Wear It! gets my attention because of the its faux lapels that are created with diagonally slanted cables.

    Once more, the color green catches my eye with this Sweet Basil Vest from CrochetWear by Anne Regis. (The deep armholes make it great for layering which is vital while experiencing the changing Arkansas temperatures. Plus, I probably need a Humphrey Bogart fedora to wear with it!)

    And, then there’s Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s newest crochet pattern book—Urban Edge! This book is just filled with go-to designs:

    Amsterdam Vest (This design has great classic lines!)

    Buenos Aires Maxi Vest (Love the duster length of this vest! Course, now I want a cowboy hat!)

    Okay! So what do you think? Which one should I make first? Which ones would you add to your wardrobe?

  • Star Quality Knit & Crochet Fashion & Décor

    Are you gearing up to watch the Academy Awards tonight? Who’s going to be the big winner? With stars in my eyes, I, myself, am leafing through some knit and crochet fashion and home décor pattern books from Leisure Arts that are just filled with star quality designs. (This is as close as I’ll ever get to being a celebrity...so you might want to grab your shades…)

    I know you’ve seen the stars in their slouchy beanies! They’re everywhere. Wanna be a star, too? You need Knit Celebrity Slouchy Beanies, Crochet Celebrity Slouchy Beanies, or both to achieve star power! Each little pattern book features 7 “hip designs for all the celebrities in your life” by Lisa Gentry. Take a peek:

    Knit—

    Easy-Going

    Naturally Comfortable

    Truly Purple

    Cabled Classic

    Casual Comfort

    Fun Stripes

    Forward And Reverse

    Crochet—

    Lacy

    Textured Stripes

    Urban Appeal

    Granny Square

    Eco Green

    Kid Stuff – Stripes

    Kid Stuff – Reversed

    For Toddlers

    And now that you’ve got your head covered…(all the better for avoiding those pesky papparazzi…)

    Contemplate feeling movie-star fabulous every day while wearing one of Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s wrap-style fashions from And That’s a Wrap! Want a refresher peek at all 5 patterns? Check out the pics in my And That’s A Wrap Blog Post! (I still can’t decide which design I like best—the Red Rock Vest or the Edinburgh Ruana!)

    And then it all comes down to—The Envelope, Please!

    In this case, 10 envelope-style pillows to knit by Carolyn Pfeifer! Take a look at them in my The Envelope, Please Blog Post.

    And there you have it—star-quality fashions and home décor to knit and crochet. Who could ask for anything more? So while the Oscars are being handed out tonight, I’ll be crocheting a slouchy beanie. Think my kid will loan me her sunglasses?

  • The February 15 Issue of the Leisure Arts Newsletter

    Just in case you missed it, here’s all the new news that went out in the February 15 Issue of the Leisure Arts Newsletter:

    GET ENERGIZED WITH URBAN EDGE CROCHET!
    Early in his design career, Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby says, “I had this wonderful realization that, as a designer of hand-stitched garments, I was able to create my own unique fabrics that specifically complimented my original designs. This lightning bolt of revelation has guided me to be fearless when it comes to creating designs and has given me a unique perspective as a crochet designer.” His new Urban Edge fashion book shares some of these design possibilities, including the vibrant green Bangkok Jacket on the front cover. It features a striking Spike-Wedge stitch pattern that enhances the jacket’s asymmetrical lines.

    “In the end, I have worked to create a book that includes exciting and versatile designs that are interesting to make and important instructional materials that help you enjoy the process of stitching those designs for yourself,” Shannon says. “I mean c’mon, what is the point of making a garment that doesn’t energize you?” True to his “fearless” style, Shannon encourages stitchers to step up to a challenge. “Even if a pattern is listed at a skill level above your current knowledge, work on the swatch as a way to learn the skills necessary to create the garments. You soon will have the experience needed to make that garment you want.” Urban Edge is Shannon’s newest project book from Leisure Arts; scroll down for more photos and information. Earlier books include And That’s a Wrap! and Heady Affairs, featuring movie-star fabulous wraps and a collection of cool hats.

    Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but heart designs are always hot! Any time is the right time to make this month’s 3-D Heart Ornaments Free Project. Whether for a gift or for yourself, this simple design from In Love With Paper Crafts is fast and easy to create using pretty scrapbooking papers and a few buttons and beads.

    We’re still buzzing about the award that Leisure Arts brought home from the Craft and Hobby Association 2012 winter trade show! Our original Knook Beginner Set received an Honorable Mention while being featured in the CHA’s Innovations Product Showcase. To learn more about this unique crochet hook that makes it possible to create true knitted fabric without traditional knitting needles, visit our How to Knook page for free videos and patterns. And keep checking back because our new Knook Expanded Beginner Set with more hook sizes and other accessories will be available soon! Our Everyday Life at Leisure blog will bring you the latest news.

    Editor’s Corner: URBAN EDGE CROCHET
    As the designer himself likes to say, WOOHOO!! Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s
    Urban Edge is filled with fabulous fashions such as the trio shown here: A dramatic red Los Angeles coat with ribbon-woven sleeves, a vibrant green Bangkok jacket in a fascinating textured fabric, and a rosy St. Tropez top with relaxed butterfly sleeves. “The visual excitement of the urban lifestyle, the stunning architecture of the city and the versatility and adaptability of the people gave me the inspiration for the designs on these pages and I am beyond thrilled that you will be stitching these patterns for yourself,” Shannon says. To see each design and read Shannon’s inspiration behind it, take our two-part photo tour.

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    photos part 2

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    In the Spotlight: PLASTIC CANVAS KISSES & MORE
    Squeeze their cheeks and these cute characters will open up to deliver a bite of chocolate or some other little treat! There’s always fun in store when plastic canvas needlepoint designs are involved. Plastic Canvas Kisses is one of seven books this month celebrating designs from our best-selling archives. Others present lots of adorable designs for baby’s room, tissue box covers, coasters, birds, and Christmas decorations.

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    Plastic Canvas Kisses (#5830)
    These playful pals are called kisses because their mouths can hold one small piece of candy, which makes each little animal (and clown and Santa) as sweet as a kiss! Make them for magnets, gift toppers, party favors, stocking stuffers--or just for fun!

    Friends for Baby in Plastic Canvas (#5831)
    From Small Fry Frames to a tissue box cover that plays "Peek-a-Boo," here is a cute collection of gifts, shower favors, and nursery decorations to delight Baby and Mom.

    Big Beak Birds in Plastic Canvas (#5853)
    No matter what the weather, these birds will hang around all year long! Perch them on tiny tree limbs, glue them atop wooden skewers or dowels to make plant pokes, or suspend them in the air with clear nylon line.

    Big Book of Coasters (#5855)
    These eye-catching coasters will keep you in stitches! From whimsical to elegant, the 43 designs in our 13 terrific plastic canvas coaster sets are so quick and easy to make that you can craft a set for every room--even the patio.

    Top-Notch Tissue Box Covers (#5828)Create colorful pinwheels, bright bargello, 1940s flamingos--14 fanciful designs in all! They’re great for gifts or to use in your own home-sweet-home!

    A Year of Tissue Box Covers (#5846)
    February hearts, March shamrocks, May roses, and October jack-o’-lanterns are among the choices of tissue box covers to welcome each new month as the year rolls along.

    Christmas Characters in Plastic Canvas (#5829)
    Make a Santa or reindeer tissue box cover. Fashion some very cute ornaments for the tree, or create a panel of Christmas personalities with one of the two character lineups. What a fun way to add more joy to the season!

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  • The Leisure Arts Booth At CHA!

    If you follow my blog or Leisure Arts Twitter and Facebook, you’ve heard a lot over the last few days about CHA (the Craft & Hobby Association tradeshow where we show off what’s new to retailers), and I thought you might like to have an insider’s look at our booth and some of the cool stuff that went on…

    That’s the banner over our booth (so you can find your way to us from anywhere on the tradeshow floor) plus an overall view of our booth.

    That’s Lindsay…She’s demoed our Knook Beginner Set for interested customers!

    Patti showed off projects from our Just Duct Tape It! book…She’s actually wearing a dress she made from duct tape!

    Check out The Crochet Dude Drew Emborsky! He’s being interviewed by Michael Sellick from The Crochet Crowd during the book signing for his new crochet pattern book—Use Up That Yarn!

    Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby of Shibaguyz Designz also held a book signing for his fabulous new release—Urban Edge featuring 13 crocheted fashion designs!

    Here’s our big Knook poster…

    And then there are, of course, the books…lots and lots of books…

    New knit, crochet, & cross stitch! (That’s our general mechandise coordinator Wanda studying her files.)

    Chris Olsen’s Five Seasons, duct tape, & paper crafts…

    Quilt…

    Cookbooks, kits, Christmas, and more! Oh, my!

  • A New Crochet Pattern Book—Urban Edge Day 2

    Urban Edge Fashion Show—Day 2

    Welcome back for Day 2 of the Urban Edge fashion reveal! This newly released crochet pattern book by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby still has some surprises to share! You’ll also continue to get the inside scoop as Shannon’s own words share the thoughts behind each design!

    Bangkok Jacket
    Every wardrobe needs a “WOW” piece; something with bold lines and sleek design features with just enough edge to set it apart from anything else in your closet. This stand out jacket is that piece. I started with a strong silhouette and stitched the jacket in an exciting fabric that really brings out the asymmetrical lines of the garment. The sharp edges of the collar, layered open front and the wider set of the sleeve caps make this a striking piece to look at and a very special piece to wear.”

    Los Angeles Jacket
    This piece is another example of real versatility in a garment. I love the fit of a really great long coat that flares a little at the bottom then comes in just the slightest bit for some shaping around the waist. I punched up that classic shape with a very structured stitch pattern to give this jacket visual appeal then finished the front with hook and eye clasps for a very flattering fit. Wear this piece to the office or the theatre then give it a little rock ‘n’ roll edge by adding the satin ribbons on the sleeves and wear it out on the town to make a real impression.”

    Taos Poncho
    Being on the front edge of fashion doesn’t always mean creating something brand new on the scene. As in the case of the Taos Poncho, edgy can be as simple as tweaking a classic design. I took the shape of the poncho and opened up the top seam with buttons so you can adjust the fit and drape to accompany the whims of your personal style. Simple and classic with a twist… just can’t miss!”

    Milan Cowl Neck Top
    Often, the city where you work during the day is the same city where you play at night. The challenge has always been to come up with the right wardrobe choices that can make this work to play transition with you. Wear this piece with a jacket and slacks or a skirt and you have the perfect office ensemble with just enough fashion edge. After work, remove the jacket and slip into your favorite jeans or a pair of tights and you quickly transform into that cool woman sipping coffee at the bookstore that everyone wants to get to know.”

    Paris Wrap
    I first envisioned this design years before this book was even a blip on my radar. This piece takes multi-functional design to a new level. No matter what your body type, the simple geometric pattern created by the stitches creates body-flattering lines that will really surprise you. Because of the directional stitches, the resulting fabric has two very different characteristics: one form fitting and another with drape and movement. Express your personal style by wearing the ties around your waist as a skirt or around your neck for a dramatic, stunning dress or cover up.”

    NYC Dress
    FAB!! That’s about all I can say about this dress. I love combining classic crochet techniques with visually stunning, fashion forward designs and this piece just about wraps that up for me. Classic motifs rule the day and give this edgy dress the impact that will make people stop, stare and, yes, be jealous that they didn’t make one first.”

    Meet The Designer!
    Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby is a fashion designer, crochet artist, and avid gardener. He’s also the co-founder of Shibaguyz Designz and Shibaguyz.com. His crochet designs have appeared in Crochet! Magazine, Inside Crochet, Interweave Crochet, Crochet World, and Crochet Today. He has also designed pieces for yarn companies, including Caron, Bijou Basin Ranch, and Mango Moon. In 2011, Shannon won the Fearless Leader Award for Haute Couture at the Crochet Liberation Front’s annual Flamie Awards. Shannon works in his West Seattle studio, where he is occasionally visited by his partner of 17 years and their 3 dogs—all of which, he says, are basically well-mannered.


    Be sure to visit Leisurearts.com to get Shannon’s very cool collection of crochet hat designs, Heady Affairs (#5566), and his movie-star fabulous And That’s A Wrap! (#5611) featuring five wrap-style fashions to crochet!
  • A New Crochet Pattern Book—Urban Edge

    Urban Edge Fashion Show—Day 1

    Welcome to Day 1 of the unveiling of the fashions you'll find in the just released new crochet pattern book by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby—Urban Edge! May you enjoy being awed by these cutting edge styles as Shannon’s own words describe his inspiration and vision for each one!

    Dublin Cables Dress
    “I have always loved the striking look of the cables in Aran sweaters and I also love the way a great sweater dress looks fantastic on such a wide range of body types. I combined classic Aran cables with a sweater dress silhouette to create luxury with a funky twist. You will feel fantastic in this piece whether you are shopping downtown or taking a casual stroll along the waterfront on a cool day.”

    Rio de Janeiro Sleeveless Hoodie
    I love hoodies. To me, a hoodie is the go-to piece for versatility in just about any wardrobe. For this design, I combined the look of a hoodie with the added layering possibilities of a vest and worked the entire piece up in an easy stitch that lays flat without adding bulk to your look. I finished the design with draped front panels for a little laid back chic.”

    St. Tropez Butterfly Sleeve Top
    In every hustle and bustle, there are the quiet moments we take. I designed this top with a nod to the softer side of the city. The easy fit of this top and the butterfly feature of the sleeves are soft, feminine and flattering on most body types. Urban professionals, weekend window shoppers and soccer moms alike will all find this piece the perfect soft balance to the rigors of the urban jungle.”

    Buenos Aires Maxi Vest
    I believe every woman deserves to put a little pizzazz in her wardrobe. I used a classic filet crochet stitch pattern to build this twist on a classic duster silhouette. The result is a fun layering piece with the versatility of a vest and the added drama of a duster. The Buenos Aires Maxi Vest will look FAB with your jeans, slacks or skirts, tanks, tees, turtlenecks and button-up shirts.”

    Amsterdam Vest
    I can’t help but draw my design inspirations from the dramatic architecture of the buildings that surround me here in the city. The graphic lines created by the ridges in the fabric of this vest echo those architectural details. Created with my favorite side-to-side construction technique, the Amsterdam Vest is classic enough to wear on a date, contemporary enough to walk the halls of academia and edgy enough to hang out at the skate park.”

    Helsinki Sweater
    A boyfriend sweater is such a fashion essential that I just had to create one for this book. Using side-to-side construction, I created a sweater with just the right amount of relaxed fit while still conforming to your feminine curves. The bottom ribbing is worked in a pattern that won’t bunch up around your hips and the shoulders are set in to the neckline so you have plenty of room to move without feeling confined. The final touch is the oversized cowl neck that is both flattering and adds just the right amount of luxury.”

    Seattle Cross Front Vest
    With versatility in the front of my mind for the designs in this book, this vest is exactly what I was aiming for. Worn one way, you have a classic drape-front vest with long panels for wrapping in front or tying around your waist. Flip the vest upside down and instantly you have a contemporary twist on a neck wrap that will look FAB as a layering piece. Classic or contemporary… your choice!”

    Tune in tomorrow…same time…same station…for the Urban Edge Fashion Reveal continued!

  • Nearly Wordless Wednesday: Urban Edge

    This Bangkok Jacket might be my favorite project in Shibaguyz Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s new crochet pattern book—Urban Edge! Coming soon from Leisure Arts!

  • And That’s A Wrap!

    I love layers and the security of being all wrapped up, so, for me, there’s nothing like a great handmade wrap for turning a so-so outfit into the perfect outfit—especially if you’ve crocheted that wrap yourself. If you’re searching for that just-right wrap to add to your wardrobe, look no further than the 5 patterns in And That’s a Wrap the newest pattern book by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby for Shibaguyz Designz! Take a peek at these movie-star fabulous fashions—

    Monte Carlo Shrug

    One sleeve to keep the rest of the wrap in place…I like it!

    Red Rock Vest

    Think I’m going to have to crochet this one for myself! The simple style is really appealing…

    Edinburgh Ruana

    Glamour in green (still loving green!) with a hood…very cool!

    Tribeca Shoulder Wrap

    A great evening out accessory to pair with your little black dress!

    Sundance Wrap Tunic

    Love the rippled texture!

    Meet The Designer!

    Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby is a fashion designer, crochet artist, and avid gardener. The co-founder of Shibaguyz Designz, his crochet designs have appeared in Crochet! Magazine, Inside Crochet, Interweave Crochet, Crochet World, and Crochet Today.

    Shannon spends most of his time in his West Seattle studio surrounded by yarn, where he is occasionally visited by his partner of 17 years and their 3 dogs—all of which, he says, are basically well-mannered.

    Be sure to check out Shannon’s very cool collection of crochet hat designs in his first Leisure Arts book—Heady Affairs! (Remember the great Chinese Acrobat Hat I crocheted? All Shannon!)

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