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  • Throw Some Ultimate Shade With Lion Brand Color Inspiration

    Hello Again, Makers! We've got more color inspiration coming at ya, and this time we're throwing some serious shade, I Love Yarn Month style. We've got the beautiful Shade color to work with from our list of Lion Brand Yarn's colors of the year for 2019, see below!

    Lion Brand's Colors of The Year for 2019 - Shade

    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 Shade:

    "Grey has been replacing basic black as the go to color for head to toe dressing. Grey has been the most popular color in everything from house paint to Nursery décor. Like its namesake, Shade has an ephemeral quality. It can be a silvery white or a mysterious charcoal."

    These mixtures of icy silver and charcoal are perfect for fall and winter, and we have some really great Lion Brand Yarns on our website to showcase the different colors variations of Shade you can play with! Shawl In A Ball - Metallic - Um Opal is a perfect mix of light and dark that gives dimension to the patterns you'll create. Heartland - Mount Rainer is a charcoal toned member of the Shade family, with more gray and white hues laced throughout the skein. Either yarn would be perfect for crafting something Shade-centric, but feel free to shop for other hues if you want a different gray! As you've probably guessed, Shade has a lot of variations.

    Shawl In A Ball - Metallic - Um Opal - Item 128019

    Heartland - Mount Rainer - Item 126179

    Scroll to find your craft category, and find your next Shade project!

    Crochet

    Ultimate Crochet Collection - Book 7512

    Poufs & Pillows - Book 6886

    You can't resist an oversized scarf, and this scarf from Marly Bird's The Ultimate Crochet Collection is a great way to style with Shade. With the not so subtle pop of blue, this scarf is a statement piece that can go with any outfit. Throw in a matching beanie and you'll have a classy and cozy outfit to go out galavanting in.

    If you're looking for more of a home décor project, then try out this adorable pouf and pillow pattern set from Poufs & Pillows! This kind of yarn gives some added texture to the pattern, and it gives the space a cozy wintry feel. It makes you wanna grab a warm mug of hot cocoa and just relax by a fireplace.

    Knit

    Best of Knit Accessories - Book 7579

    Complete Knit Collection - Book 7577

    If knitting is more your speed, then try out these patterns! Whether it's cowls, mittens or cozy caps, you can't go wrong with a fun fall accessory. The Best of Knit Accessories has a really nice wrap (above) in Shade that even incorporates a lighter accent color, so you can branch out and try different contrast combinations! If you are wanting something modern and cozy, The Complete Knit Collection For Beginners and has a great chunky afghan pattern for warm nights watching Hallmark movies. The texture of this blanket is great, and the pattern itself works up fairly quickly if you use thick yarn. The choice is up to you on how thick or thin you want your afghan to be.

    Craft

    DIY Textured Pillows - Book 7450

    Crazy About Pom-Poms - Book 7277

    It's I Love Yarn Month, so we're in the mood to craft with Yarn! Crazy About Pom Poms shows us that you don' have to learn knit or crochet to be crafty with yarn. This shimmery white chandelier is a great idea for fun and fresh winter decor! So does this minimalist heather gray textured pillow from Textured Pillows. It's as simple as some basic stitches and a pre made throw pillow, and you have a rustic and quaint pillow to add to what I'm sure is already a massive collection. I can already see a winter wonderland forming in your home with these adorable and innovative yarn craft projects.

    Remember, these are just suggestions! You can throw your shade wherever you want. Be as creative as you can be! If you've tried any of these projects, tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios.

    Happy Making!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • 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

  • September Stunners : Perfect Projects For Fall

    Happy September, makers! We're kicking off the month strong with our #SeptemberStunners Campaign, full of projects that will rock your fall season. Now that temperatures are starting to drop, it's time to start planning your next WOW project. That one-of-a-kind project that makes people ask 'how DID you do that?' is just a Leisure Arts book (or kit) away! Keep reading to find your craft category, and start your next stunning project.

    Crochet

    Oversized Sweaters - Book 7476

    Oversized Sweaters - Book 7476

    Fall is so close that you can almost smell the pumpkin spice in the air. You know what pairs perfectly with pumpkin spice lattes? Knee-high boots and an oversized sweater. These two patterns from Oversized Sweaters (above) are just some examples of the kinds of tops you can make. You can go with a simple stripe, or give free-flowing ponchos a try. Either way, these patterns are super easy to follow, even if you're just starting out in crochet!

    Knit

    The Beginner's Guide To Mosaic Knitting - Book 7492

    Slow Fashion Fast - Book 7571

    If knitting is more your speed, then you can't go wrong with a cute cowl or comfy wrap! The Beginner's Guide To Mosaic Knitting is a great book that shows that you don't have to stick to fall colors to have a cute fall outfit. This Geometric Wrap is bright and bubbly with summer colors, but it's perfect to wrap up in on a cool fall day! If you are a big fan of fall neutrals, then Slow Fashion Fast is your best bet. This Latvian Braid Cowl is perfect for those days when you need light layers. This cowl is the perfect replacement for a light cardigan!

    Craft

    Punch Needle is such a stunning craft, that we couldn't pick favorite patterns for September. You can make any of the patterns from Modern Punch Needle and stun your friends and family with the textured and beautiful designs you create. Just look at that adorable throw pillow! Punch needle has been around for quite a while, but this book takes the craft to a whole new modern level.

    Quilt/Sew

    Quilted Wall Hangings - Book 7494

    Quilted Wall Hangings - Book 7494

    If you want some stunning quilted projects for the fall season, look no further! Quilted Wall Hangings is full of fun geometric designs that take quilting to the next level. This Compass of Beauty wall hanging (above) is perfect for a room that needs some pops of color. The pinks and blues perfectly compliment the gray backdrop, making this neutral enough for any style or color palette in a home. The Jelly Roll wall hanging is a great starter quilt project because there's not a lot of hand work involved, its just simple strips and blocks!

    Diamond Art

    Snowman Holiday Diamond Art - Item 51139

    Mermaid and Friends Advanced Diamond Art - Item 51149

    Diamond Art is a great project to work on during our September Stunners campaign, because of how dazzling the final product is! We just released a bunch of collections this month, like NFL Diamond Art and Holiday Diamond Art. This Snowman from the holiday line is especially adorable. But if you don't want festive Diamond Art to dazzle this fall, there are a lot of options. We just released this Mermaid and Friends Advanced kit, and it's almost full drill! That means almost every square inch of design is covered in our 13 faceted gems. Any diamond art would be stunning in your house for the fall season (or any season), but we just wanted to shine the spotlight on these two beauties.

    Perfect projects for fall, right? If you've tried some of these projects, tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see your progress! We love to see what's going on in your studios. All of these books and products are in our #SeptemberStunners Giveaway, so be sure to enter in that so you have a shot at winning all of these goodies!

    Happy Stunning!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Patterns and Projects in Prism: Lion Brand Yarn Color Inspiration

    Hello again, makers! We're coming at ya with a brand new color inspiration post. We've been finding inspiration left and right from all of the color combos on Lion Brand Yarn's Colors of the Year for 2019. Now that it's getting closer to fall (judging by number of days, not degrees), we can find some cute and easy to craft pattens and projects in our newest color Inspiration: Prism.

    Here's some background behind the beautiful color via Lion Brand:

    "This icy version of orchid,  is the perfect purple of our time.  Bridging the gap between delicate pastels and technicolor purple, Prism has a spiritual and calming quality. Prism is no shrinking violet: the color makes the perfect accent to any neutral."

    Sounds like a calming color to me! This nice balance between vibrant and soft makes for a perfect pop in any upcoming fall wardrobe. Let's first start off by giving you some trusty yarn recommendations from our website to get you started. We went for exactly what the color says: Calming, and a mix between vibrant and pastel. This Shawl in a Ball - Metallic Lotus Blossom (below) has multiple facets to it, with a beautiful reflective fiber woven throughout the wool. So if you wanted the perfect blend in one skein, then this yarn is the right one for you! On the flip side, if you like the subtle side of Prism, then Wool Ease - Rose Heather (Below) is the perfect pastel Prism look alike.

    Shawl in a ball - Metallic Lotus Blossom - Item 128023

    Wool Ease Rose Heather - Item 126504

    Check out some of the patterns and projects we think would look great with this multi-toned color!

    Crochet

    Cute Baby Stuff - Book 75721

    Ultimate Crochet Collection - Book 7512

    We're starting off with a lighter version of the orchid hue, with wraps that are definite must-haves for fall. If you have a baby in your life that is in extra need of cuddles, try crocheting this soft and fluffy blanket from Cute Baby Stuff. The prism and green make for an unlikely combination, but they are a great pop of pastel against the bright white bulky yarn! The colors are more springtime, but the feel and weight of the blanket is definitely fall. You can always change the colors however you like!

    If you want your own personal wrap for binge-worthy Saturdays, then this easy throw from The Ultimate Crochet Collection is the perfect starter blanket, especially if you're just getting started in crochet. With the lacy look, this is a great lightweight wrap for both the rest of the summer and the upcoming seasons. The book itself is a great resource for all beginner crocheters, so this isn't the only easy patterns perfect for fall! This pattern is just perfect for our Prism inspiration.

    Knit

    Knit Cakery - Book 75718

    Sweet Knits - Book 75720

    If crochet isn't your cup of tea (pumpkin spice tea, am I right?), then try these adorable knit patterns. Knit Cakery has a lot of great patterns in it that let the yarn do most of the work for you. All of the patterns in the book come from cakes of yarn! This Striped Shawl has both variations of the dark and light Prism hues, and they blend really well together with the bright oranges and yellows in the pattern. It makes for a great light layer that will liven up any outfit, summer or fall.

    If you're looking for a cute baby project, then these adorable knit patterns from Sweet Knits are perfect. This Prism Colored Cardigan (above) makes for the perfect cover up for your little ones. The patterns are all easy, and work up quickly with our guided instructions, so these projects are great for first-time knitters.

    Craft

    Modern Punch Needle - Book 7513

    Miniature punch needle has been around for centuries, done long ago by ancient Egyptians, and eventually traveling through to countries like France and Russia. We've put punch needle on a much grander scale, with Modern Punch Needle. It's an easy to follow craft that can be used for small accessories and large home décor pieces, and we have a good variety of projects that are perfect for beginners. These Coasters (above) are the perfect starter project for someone wanting to see what punch needle is all about.

    If you want cute home décor with a little less effort, try to craft an easy textured pillow! This prism colored pillow from Textured Pillows would make a great addition to a window seat, and it only requires a little bit of hot glue and some paint strokes! The book relies on using already sewn pillows to start your project, so it takes a lot of the 'heavy lifting' out of the craft, so to speak.

    Quilt/Sew

    Modern Patchwork - Book 7493

    Modern Patchwork - Book 7493

    We're putting a modern twist on quilting with these geometric patterns from Modern Patchwork. This Iron Bag (above) shows a darker hue to Prism, and it makes the adorable diamond print pop, a cute and durable addition to a craft room. If you want to try a larger quilting project, however, try this Ombre Patchwork Quilt! Using a quilt as wall art beats buying generic wall art, and you can play with color as much as you want against this neutral gray background. You can use it on your bed, or on the wall! Doesn't the dark Prism color just pop out against this wall?

    Diamond Art

    Advanced Mermaid Diamond Art - Kit 51149

    Intermediate Modern Flower Diamond Art - Kit 50450

    You can make the upcoming fall season sparkle like autumn leaves with these prism colored Diamond Art kits! Our Advanced Mermaid Canvas is a new release, and our dazzling mermaid has some bright and shimmering Prism-esque hair. With her two dolphin companions at her side, this kit is great for the days you just wanna lounge at home and be creative. Diamond Art is as easy as picking up and placing 13 faceted gems, so there's no learning curve! You can have beautiful modern art pieces for your home like this Intermediate Modern Flower Canvas.

    Hopefully we've given you some inspiration! Be sure to tune in over the coming months to get even more color inspiration. If you've tried any of these crafts and patterns, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc, or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios!

    Happy Making!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Malachite Blue Color Inspiration from Lion Brand's Colors of the Year

    It's Summer, Makers! The heat is rising and the bright and bold colors are coming out. We're 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 the next color inspiration, Malachite a beautiful cerulean hue in Lion Brand's List. Here's more on the color!

    Malachite - Lion Brand Colors of The Year 2019

    "Malachite is a color of legend often found in ancient mandalas. This color has traditionally been associated with summer and swim products and has evolved into every day dressing."

    This color is rooted in ancient designs and rich pigments, so we couldn't let you guys down on finding the richest Malachite inspired projects. Not to mention, we have the best Lion Brand Yarns to boot. Heartland - Cuyahoga Valley is the perfect summer refresher, showing everyone that you are ditching Spring pastels for rich and bold beach-y blues. Our second choice, Sock-Ease - Snow Cone, has a much darker tone to the yarn, and is great for when you need a balance of two beautiful analogous blues.

    Heartland - Cuyahoga Valley - #126184

    Sock-Ease - Snow Cone - #126222

    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 got the blues!

    Crochet

    We had to give out some mandala vibes since they're in the history of this color. This afghan from Mindful Mandala Afghans mixes the actual Malachite-esque yarn into the traditional mandala! You can have a modern and comfy afghan to wrap up in and watch TV on a lazy summer day.

    Mindful Mandala Afghans - Book 6890

    Hooked On Quilted Crochet - Book 7034

    This blue number from Hooked on Quilted Crochet is a little more electric than the traditional Malachite, but you can see the beautiful hints of Malachite that balance this pattern out so well for Summer. You can even learn the Quilted Crochet Technique, and expand your crochet knowledge this summer!

    Knit

    We had to pick out some patterns for our favorite Summer babies, and Marly Bird's books are always full of clever patterns for your little ray of sunshine. This ombre style Baby afghan from Marly's book Make Your 1st Baby Afghan mixes two great blues for a trendy and warm little wrap for your child. You can even adjust this pattern to make an adult sized blanket to match!

    Make Your 1st Baby Afghan - Book 7354

    Knit Accessories - Book 7337

    If you are looking for some cute Knit Accessories, try this light cowl or indoor mittens for light layers! The reflective yarn in this pattern makes the color really stand out, and these patterns would make for quick fun projects to create when you're looking for a craft fix.

    Craft

    It's all about the details when it comes to home decor, and you can create elegant and sophisticated additions to your home with simple materials like paper. Paper Flowers is a creative well of home decor inspiration with colorful pinks, purples, and malachite blues like the one in the photo below.

    Paper Flowers - Book 7241

    Get Started in Jewelry Making - Book 7365

    If you just want to accent your 2019 fashion with some Malachite, this necklace design from Get Started in Jewelry Making has beautiful translucent Malachite beads that look like beach crystals. With easy to follow stringing instructions, this necklace is a quick and fashion-forward boho statement that will bring together any outfit.

    Quilt/Sew

    Speaking of Accessories, WOW! Look at how detailed this bag from My Pet Crafts is. With all the sewing details like the feather-like buttons and tassels, this peacock inspired bag is so stylish that you'll be getting compliments left and right.

    My Pet Crafts - Book 6862

    This bag has a vintage feel with a modern twist that is just bohemian enough to make you feel trendy and unique, without feeling like the stereotypical hipster.

    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 #LeisureArts or #LeisureLife. We love to see what's going on in your studios!

    Stay Creative!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • April Showers Bring May Flowers! Fun and Fast Spring Crafts

    Makers, it's been raining way too much this month, but don't let that distract you from the flowers that will soon be blooming all over the place! We're celebrating our May Flowers Campaign, and the name speaks for itself. We want to spend the whole month appreciating the blooming baubles that make our noses itch but our eyes sparkle with delight. We've compiled a list of projects that you can make to get on mother nature's level, and bring a spring reminder with you anytime, anywhere. Find your favorite craft medium, and jump right in!

    Crochet

    Rose Wall Hanging - Wall Hangings - Book 7253

    Daisy Bag - Quick Crochet With Flowers - Book 75684

    Daisy and Roses, staples in the May Flower Garden. Transfer some of those fantastic florals into your crochet! This rose wall art from Wall Hangings is a great addition to a living room that needs to liven up. Mix in your favorites hues and make a beautiful oversized bouquet that will make your wall a spring sensation. If you want to take a little piece of spring with you everywhere you go, try your hand at this beautiful daisy satchel from Quick Crochet with Flowers. This accessory is the perfect neutral compliment to any outfit you have in your closet, and it's got some great personality designed into it with those flowers and fringe.

    Knit

    Rose Table Runner - Stitch A Garden

    Cable Floral Blanket - Dreamy Baby Wraps - Book 6788

    If you want to knit yourself a little peony pick me up or rosey reminder, you can always dabble in gardening. Knit yourself any of these beautiful patterns from Stitch A Garden to cultivate and collect garden flowers and succulents that will never wilt! This table runner (above) is both adorable and practical for Sunday morning brunch decor. If you want a unique reminder of May flowers, then this simple yet stunning afghan from Dreamy Baby Wraps is perfect. Show off your nature-loving side in a unique way with subtle floral textures.

    Craft

    Burlap Wedding Spread - Handmade Wedding - Book 7323

    Paper Flower Wedding Spread - Paper Flowers - Book 7241

    This year seems to be the year of engagements and weddings, which is great! This is the time of year where plants are supposed to be blooming like crazy, which is perfect for an outdoor spring wedding. Our Handmade Wedding book helps you create the perfect wedding, regardless of the season, but for this month, we want to focus on these beautiful custom monogrammed table numbers and centerpieces (above). The burlap brings a rustic and elegant feel to the decor, and matched with that minimalist table number, you've got a match made in spring heaven. If you want to have alternative flowers at your wedding, then try out these projects from Paper Flowers for an ethereal look to your wedding spread, like the pale pink center blooms above.

    Whether it's a big event or small memento, find a way to celebrate the May flowers that these April showers have brought. If you've worked on some of these projects before, share your maker magic with us by tagging us at #leisurearts or #leisurelife, and maybe you'll get a special May Flowers shoutout.

    Happy Gardening!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Color Concoctions with Leisure Life and Lion Brand: Anthurium

    We've got new inspiration coming your way, makers! We know you've heard a lot of "New Year, New You" talk from Leisure Arts this month, but now we're seeing red. More specifically, Anthurium! We're kicking off a 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, and we fell in love. Every month, we're going to do a blog post, and recommend some awesome yarn based on the featured color, and fun projects that match the meaning of the hue! This month, we want you to close out January with projects in brilliant Anthurium red, the first color in Lion Brand's List. Here's more on the color!

    Anthurium Anthurium Spread - Lion Brand Notebook

    "This bright pop of color gets its name from the Anthurium flower, a bloom native to the Americas. The color inspires warmth, strength and opulent texture. The waxy finish on the petals evokes a subtle sheen that seems not from nature. 

    Bright red has slowly made its way into the neutral palette as it has been adopted into almost every collection of runway designers and we are not complaining."

     

    Sounds energetic! We have the best Lion Brand Red Yarns for this theme (above). Hometown USA - Cincinnati Red is so saturated, you'd think it's pure pigment, and paired with a more somber tone like Heartland-Redwood, it's an unstoppable combination.

    Hometown USA - Cincinnati Red Hometown USA - Cincinnati Red
    Heartland - Redwoods Heartland - Redwoods

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We picked out some of the perfect projects that represent strength, warmth and are full of fun and opulent textures. Find your preferred craft expertise, and take a look!

     

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    Heroes VS Monsters! Anthurium Inspiration

    We're bringing you strength in the most inspiring form there is: superheroes! Huggable Superheroes is the perfect book for the superhero in your life. Crochet the villains away as you create cute and quirky heroes of all different superpowers. Charles, The Crimson Defender (bottom left), is wearing a signature bright and bold Anthurium-esque red, because he knows it gives him strength to protect his civilians.

    Anthurium Huggable Superheroes - Book 7414
    Anthurium Amigurumi Monsters - Book 7098

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lurking in the shadows, ready to take over the city, are these warm and cozy monsters from Amigurumi Monsters! They use their warm and fuzzy look to hypnotize makers into crocheting hundreds of these patterns, until they have an army big enough to take over the living rooms of every family. Which side will you choose?

     

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    Warm Eclectic Kitchen Helpers

    Get creative in the kitchen with these fun and functional kitchen potholders from Make in a Weekend Potholders and Dishcloths! Give your kitchen that pop of Anthurium, and add some character to your countertops with these dishcloth and potholder patterns that you can make in just one weekend.

    Anthurium Make in a Weekend Potholders & Dishcloths - book 75653
    Anthurium Make in a Weekend Potholders & Dishcloths - book 75653

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Channel your inner Johny Appleseed with the orchard apple potholder (top left), or read rotten tomato reviews while knitting this vibrant tomato pattern, that can be used as a potholder or dishcloth! The color might be red hot, but you won't burn your hand on these bold kitchen beauties.

     

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    Opulent Texture & Rainbow Surprises

    One of the words to describe our dashing shade of red was opulent texture. What better design to work with than this DIY chandelier from Crazy About Pom-Poms! This lantern is blooming with multiple colors and beautiful filters, but (in our opinion), the most prominent accent in the pom-pom clusters are the brilliant light and dark red pom-poms.

    Anthurium Crazy About Pom-Poms - Book 7277
    Anthurium Crazy about Pom-Poms - Book 7277

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Adding these fun surprises of color to this light fixture draws out the playfulness in your space. In our example (above right), we see how brilliant the room looks washed in the subtle filtered light, and the rainbow accents draw the decor in the room into a cohesive look.

     

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    Strength & Creativity In One Fidget Friendly Package

    You don't have to be a Yarnist to celebrate this color, you can play with fabrics and threads too! This stunning red project from Fidget To Focus ticks all of the boxes that make a great project. It's a fun flannel, with unique additions that make you think outside of the box, and most importantly, it strengthens your mind.

    Anthurium Fidget To Focus - Book 7219
    Anthurium Fidget To Focus - Book 7219

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Fidget To Focus is a book that's designed to help people with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Autism, and other cognitive challenges. With the help of  6 activity aids, these fidget friendly projects help keep fingers busy and minds focused. Strength is one of the words that Anthurium embodies, and strength of mind is one of the most important qualities to have.

     

    These are just snapshots of what you can create in this bright red! 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 bright reds like Anthurium, 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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  • 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
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    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.

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    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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  • New Year, New You! Find Your New Year's Resolution In Crafts

    Crafters! It's 2019. Can you believe it?! We can't either, because we just finished the first week of January, and have no New Year's Resolutions.

    Are you in the same boat? Have no fear! Lucky for you, Leisure Arts is starting off 2019 right with a "New Year, New You" craft campaign. We want to help you be the best version of yourself this year, and in order to do that, you need goals. We've compiled a list of our favorite long craft projects that are destined to become your New Year's resolutions for 2019. Read on and pick your favorite!

     

    Crochet - New Year's Resolutions

    New Year's Resolutions Homespun Comfort Afghans - Book 75686
    Homespun Comfort Afghans - Book 75686

    Yarn is the most popular medium here at Leisure arts, so why not give you the best projects to choose from this year? We've adored these books and patterns from the moment we saw them, and we think they would be great long term projects! Take this yellow afghan from Homespun Comfort Afghans . The color of yarn is vibrant, the pattern is whimsical, and it looks like it could be the perfect companion to a Netflix bingefest. What makes this book shine (besides the majorly awesome patterns) are the variety of patterns and colors that you have to work with. So if this afghan isn't your thing, check out the others! There's a pattern that fits every style in there.

     

     

     

     

    New Year's Resolutions Fair Isle Crochet - Book 7236
    New Year's Resolutions Fair Isle Crochet -Book 7236

    If you're looking for more traditional resolutions, then you'll fall in love with these sets from Fair Isle Crochet. With traditional color changing line work matched with deep ceruleans and forest greens, there's no other style of crochet as mesmerizing. This book has a variety of rustic comfort patterns that works for even the coldest of environments, so you're set for looking cute and comfy to boot!

     

     

     

     

     

    Knit - New Year's Resolutions

    New Year's Resolutions Mitered Square Knitting - Book 7101
    New Year's Resolutions Mitered Square Knitting - Book 7101

    Knit! It can be an easy or a hard craft depending on the pattern. For 2019, we went extra hard on the details and line work when looking for the perfect resolution project. Mitered Square Knitting has the perfect balance of patterns that range from home decor to kitchen aid. Take on the challenge of the bright blue color blocked living room set (left), or the warm and geometric ribbed pillow and blanket (right). If you want a resolution that will help you out while you cook, check out the other spectrum of this book! You're sure to find something that will match your style.

     

     

     

     

    Arts and Crafts - Creative Resolutions

    New Year's Resolutions Hand Lettering - Book 7326
    New Year's Resolutions Double Ended Markers - Item 50495

    Maybe your Resolution is to be more elegant this year, and what better way to be more elegant than to teach yourself fancy lettering? Hand Lettering is our go to book for styled lettering and faux calligraphy. The workbook gives you step by step instructions, and has 3 different styles, numbers, and flourishes to learn. Hand Lettering is a great way to elevate your invitation, or take that wall art just that extra step further. Author Kathryn Erney says that hand lettering is as simple as a fine tip felt marker, and lucky for you, we have our finest Double Ended Markers to offer you! You can never stop practicing and improving with hand lettering, so this is a great resolution to pick up, because it has the opportunity to become a lifetime hobby.

     

     

     

    New Year's Resolutions DIY Fairy Gardens - Book 7364
    New Year's Resolutions DIY Fairy Gardens - Book 7364

    If Lettering isn't your thing, the why not try to architecture? At it's smallest level, of course. DIY Fairy Gardens is the book that sparks your imagination as you create adorable little homes for fairy garden friends! These designs vary by environment, style, materials, and textures, so you'll never complain about a lack of inspiration. Afterwards, you can create and concoct your own little fairy universes! This is a fun way to start the new year, and you can continue to create new places as the seasons change. If you want extra accessories for your gardens, try our exclusive Fairy Supplies!

     

     

     

     

    Quilt & Sew - Unique Resolutions

    New Year's Resolutions Upcycle Quilts - Book 6724
    New Year's Resolutions Upcycle Quilts - Book 6724

    Quilting is a well loved craft that yields long lasting, lifetime memories. So naturally, making a Quilt is a great New Year's Resolution! Try making these quirky and cute patterns from Upcycle Quilts. Not only do these patterns utilize memories you don't want to let go of, like the Sweater Throw Quilt (left), but they can be multifunctional like the Beach Blanket Quilt (right). There are tons of tips and tricks for working with all the different mediums incorporated in the patterns too. The book is essentially a quilting encyclopedia!

     

     

     

     

    Diamond Art! A Dazzling Resolution

    New Year's Resolutions Peacock Diamond Art Kit - Item 49940
    New Year's Resolutions Peacock Diamond Art Kit - Item 49940

    Diamond Art became one of our most popular products of 2019. Everyone took to Diamond Painting like a fish to water! Unplug and unwind as you paint your year away in luxurious 13 faceted diamonds on quality fabric canvases. You'll feel so relaxed that you'll hardly even realize you're working. Our Advanced Peacock Diamond Art Kit is the ultimate challenge to take on for 2019, with the canvas at almost a full drill (fully crystallized) capacity. At the end of your diamond painting quest, you'll have a Royal Monarch to hang in your living room, to show off your hard work and dazzling dedication.

     

    Regardless of what you choose as your Resolution for 2019, you need to make sure to stick with it so you can show off your hard work at the end of the year! There's always time to fit in your new favorite hobbies.

    Stay tuned this January for the next blog post in our "New Year, New You" campaign. We'd love to follow you guys in your new crafts and creative journeys for 2019! Keep posting to our visitor page so we can see all the awesome stuff you make in your studios.

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    Happy New Year!

    -Leisure Arts Team

     

     

     

     

     

  • The Perfect Knit Pumpkin Centerpiece!

    You might have seen the pictures of our Leisure Arts Halloween festivities yesterday! (If you haven't seen them, click here!) If you have a watchful crafter's eye, one thing might have stuck out to you. This Knit Pumpkin!

    Crochet Pumpkin Leisure Arts! Halloween Knit Pumpkin - Leisure Arts

     

    Isn't this adorable? The soft yarn and muted orange makes this plushy pumpkin perfect for a warm Fall dinner setting. As a special treat from us, we're giving you this Knit Pumpkin pattern FOR FREE! Here's how it's done:

     

    THE KNIT PUMPKIN

    Stem and Top

    With Brown, tie beginning yarn between the third and fourth st to form a ring.

    Rnds 1-3: Knit around.

    Rnd 4: Increase in each st around: 6 sts.

    Rnd 5: Beginning with the next loop bind of 6 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 6: Beginning with the next loop, (increase in next bind off st, pick up one in next st) around: 9 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 7: Beginning with marked st, bind off 9 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 8: Beginning with next loop, increase in each bind of st around: 18 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 9: Beginning with marked st, bind off 18 sts, cut yarn after second working loop and pull through remaining st.

    Body

    Rnd 1: Join Orange and pick up one loop in each bind off st: 18 sts.

    Rnd 2: Beginning with next loop, bind off 18 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 3: Beginning with next loop, (pick up in next bind off st, increase in next bind off st) around: 27 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 4: Leaving marked st unworked, knit each st around.

    Rnd 5: Beginning with marked st, bind off 27 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 6: Beginning with next loop, (pick up in next 2 bind off sts, increase in next bind off st) around: 36 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 7: Leaving marked st unworked, knit each st around.

    Rnd 8: Beginning with marked st, bind off 36 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 9: Beginning with next loop, (increase in next bind off st, pick up in next 3 bind off sts) around: 45 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 10: Leaving marked st unworked, knit each st around.

    Rnd 11: Beginning with marked st, bind off 45 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 12: Beginning with next loop, pick up one st in each bind off st around: 45 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 13: Leaving marked st unworked, knit each st around.

    Rnd 14: Beginning with marked st, bind off 45 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnds 15-26: Repeat Rnds 12-14, 4 times.

    Rnd 27: Beginning with next loop, pick up one st in each bind off st around: 45 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 28: Leaving marked st unworked, (K2 tog, K7) around: 40 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 29: Beginning with marked st, bind off 40 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 30: Beginning with next loop, pick up one st in each bind off st around: 40 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 31: Leaving marked st unworked, (K6, K2 tog) around: 35 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 32: Beginning with marked st, bind off 35 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 33: Beginning with next loop, pick up one st in each bind off st around: 35 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 34: Leaving marked st unworked, (K2 tog, K5) around: 30 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 35: Beginning with marked st, bind off 30 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 36: Beginning with next loop, pick up one st in each bind off st around: 30 sts and one maked st.

    Rnd 37: Leaving marked st unworked, (K3, K2 tog) around: 24 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 38: Beginning with marked st, bind off 24 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 39: Beginning with next loop, pick up one st in each bind off st around: 24 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 40: Leaving marked st unworked, K2 tog around: 12 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 41: Beginning with marked st, bind off 12 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 42: Beginning with next loop, pick up one st in each bind off st around: 12 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 43: Leaving marked st unworked, K2 tog around: 6 sts.

    Rnd 44: Beginning with marked st, bind off 6 sts; cut yarn 6 loops past the last worked st. Cut loops open to form a long end.

    Thread yarn needle with long end and weave through bound off sts; gather tightly and secure end.

    OPTIONAL JACK O' LANTERN FACE

    Eye (Make 2)

    With Black, cast on 4 sts.

    Row 1: K2 tog twice: 2 sts.

    Row 2: K2 tog; cut yarn 6 loops past the last worked st. Cut loops open to form a long end.

    Mouth

    With Black and beginning with 13th loop, pull 12th loop through 13th loop, pull 11th loop through 12th loop, work in same manner using all loops from cast on; cut yarn 8 loops past the last worked st. 

    Cut loops open to form a long end.

    Using photo as a guide, attach facial featured.

     

    Halloween Crochet Pumpkin - Leisure Arts! Halloween Knit Pumpkin - Leisure Arts!
    Thanksgiving Pumpkin- Leisure Arts Thanksgiving Knit Pumpkin- Leisure Arts

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ta-Da! You have yourself a perfect centerpiece that can last you through the entire season of Fall. The best part about this pattern is that you can make just the Pumpkin base, or you can add the Jack O' Lantern face for Halloween! The versatility in this design is what makes it a perfect project to take on, no matter the skill level.

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