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  • 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?!!!

  • 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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    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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    Be sure to check on current promotions at LeisureArts.com as new promotions will be added on a regular basis. Below are a couple we are currently running.

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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!

  • 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!)

  • More Crocheted Hats…

    My charity hat crocheting continues! I’ve finished the Cabled Tam from Drew Emborsky’s In All Caps! Very cute and very thick and warm!

    Now, I’m going from The Crochet Dude to the Shibaguyz! Specifically, I’ve grabbed a couple of skeins of Lion Brand Vanna dusty purple yarn, and I’m trying my hand at The Chinese Acrobat Hat from Shibaguyz Designz Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby’s wonderfully fun pattern book—Heady Affairs.

    I’ve made it through the rows of the ribbing. Now, I’m ready to tackle the rounds of Front Post and Back Post Double Crochets that make up the body of this way cool hat!

    Hope you’re having a peaceful Sunday! We’re off to a library book sale where the youngest child is volunteering as a worker. (I’m sure to come with lots of wonderful reading material to add to my stash!)

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