We're celebrating the Dazzle Days of Summer this month, and have we got some projects for you! From stars to bright color, we're confident these will dazzle you!
To The Moon And Back
What could be more dazzling than the moon and stars in the night sky? This knit Diaper Cover Set is perfect for the future astronomer in your life.
Vases To Make Your Daisy
The brightly colored vases are the perfect complement to your patio furniture. With Yarn Crafts, yarn isn't just for knitting or crochet. Grab your brightest yarn and start wrapping!
Go A Little Wild
We would go safari as to say our Elephant and Giraffe kits will brighten your world. Whether you choose both or just one is irrelephant, your results will be giraffic! Bring these majestic creatures to your home, or gift them to an animal lover in your life.
You'll Be Hooked
We'll hook you up with this bright and cheerful afghan—all you'll need are scraps of colorful yarn and your favorite crochet hooks. We've got this and other Scrappy Afghans you'll be yarning to create!
Any baby would love to wrap themselves in the universe with this crochet Starry Set from Nature’s Gifts For Baby. Reach for the stars, yarn & crochet hooks and create a galaxy!
Color Us Dazzled
August 3 is National Coloring Book Day, a great occasion to get yourself our Summer Coloring Bundle. All the things you love about summer bundled up and ready for you to add your own special creativity.
You Will Love Your Letters
We initially thought you would love these letters, and we don't think we're mistaken! Pick a letter you love, add some bling, and brighten up your room! Decorate with Letters shares ideas and inspiration to spark your creativity!
We'll Have You In Stitches
You need our Neon Mandala Embroidery Stitch Kit in your life! Your fingers will delight in every moment of this all-in-one project, with colorful embroidered threads that pop in a big way on black fabric. Dazzling!
Don't let this summer end without being dazzled. All of these projects make shimmery shiny gifts, or why not keep them for yourself! So many possibilities—what will you choose?
We'd love to see what you are creating! Please share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels. C'mon, dazzle us!
Back to school is going to be lot different this year for most of us, but the excitement of a new year and new possibilities can't be stopped. Whether it's starting back at school, doing school online, homeschooling, or a mixture, we've got what you need.
What's Your Story?
The interactive felt scenes from Play Mats will inspire children to create fun and creative stories. Mix with other toys, and the stories they'll come up with are as endless as their imagination! And everyone knows that creative play like this opens the mind to learning.
Head To Class Totes Classy
If you or your older children are headed off to class, carry school supplies in Italian style with Terrific Totes. Not only are these crochet bags beautiful, they're oh so functional! Tote a computer or tablet, books or whatever else needed for those busy school days.
It's easy to get zoo the school day with crocheted Animal Backpacks for the younger crowd. It fits all the (panda) bear necessities your child will need so they will be free to exercise ze-brain. So quit monkeying around, grab your yarn and needles, and start crocheting!
Do The Math—Crocheting Is The Answer
Crochet doesn't just produce afghans and sweaters, it teaches math and problem solving, and inspires creativity. So while the kids are at home, spend their math and art time with Learn to Crochet for Kids. Not only will they learn important skills, they will create several items perfect for when they do head out to school.
Busy Fingers, Focused Mind
Schooltime means focusing, which can be hard for some of us. Fidget To Focus offers cubes, mats and squares to focus the mind for people of all ages. Plus, the designs are easy to sew, which makes creating them a great activity for your older students!
Your kids can show up at school showing off their school pride with crochet hats, scarves and more from Home Team Gear. Patterns range from large to small, so kids of all grades—including college—can deck out in their school colors.
Penmanship Can Be An Art
Have you ever marveled at exquisite calligraphy-style handwriting? Polish your child's penmanship with Hand Lettering. With just a few simple tools and techniques—and a bit of practice—their writing will be just as spectacular as anything you see in stores or on Pinterest.
Bring your favorite fairytales to life with Storybook Dolls to Knit. The walkabout puppets are based on beloved stories and rhymes, also included in an audio CD. You children can play along with the CD or come up with their own versions!
Now that you've been inspired by our Back to School ideas, choose a project (or 2 or 3) and get started! Your children will love you for it, and they will be inspired to learn.
We'd love to see what you and your kids are creating! Please share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels.
We've been saying it forever: coloring helps ease anxiety and brings on much-needed relaxation. Coloring is like meditation, putting everything in your mind aside to focus on one fun and simple task.
Many studies have backed us up, including this one from Forbes—Feeling Anxious? Scientists Recommend Coloring. This study sought to find out how coloring affects the way people think. Conclusion...coloring reduced anxiety and improved mindfulness.
So, we recommend coloring early and often. It's an easy way to escape from stress, and you can do it while at home, on the bus, at the office, just about anywhere. Coloring is a welcome and familiar relief to the ups and downs we encounter on the daily. And bonus! Coloring can result in actual products that you can use yourself or as gifts for others.
"Attention flows away from ourselves." A simple act like coloring takes your attention away from your worries.
"It relaxes the brain." As your thoughts focus on just one thing, your brain tends to relax.
"Low stakes makes it pleasurable." You have the freedom to be ass messy or neat as you want, and even if you mess up, there are no real consequences. A wonderful escape from the usual demands!
Now that you know how beneficial coloring can be, let's take a look at some more beautifully colored pages:
AAAAaaaahhhh. We feel relaxed already.
The free spirit in you will love the flexibility that comes with coloring. You get to choose all the colors, and your own types of instruments. Grab your favorite coloring book and instruments, get comfortable and get coloring. If you're in the market for new instruments to color with, we have a few options for you:
Show us what you're coloring! Be sure to post your pics on social media and tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all see what you're creating!
Summertime for children is a time of sun, fun and relaxation. It's also a great time for them to be creative! Crafting not only allows children to express themselves in new ways, it helps with self-discovery, gives them a sense of accomplishment, and builds self-esteem. And, they will have a fun time doing it. Just think, you may never ever again hear those two dreaded words: "I'm bored."
Just Plane Craftastic
Children will fly into DIY - Simple Kids' Crafts with 13 easy-to-make projects with little or no help needed. From flowers made out of muffin cups to airplanes made out of clothespins, their creativity will have no bounds!
Knot Your Ordinary Friendship Bracelets
Bracelet yourself! You'll be in awe of what the younger crown can create with Friendship Bracelets Beyond the Basics. Taking friendship bracelets to a new level, this book's 19 designs make each bracelet as unique as each friend. Last but knot least, this is an excellent activity for siblings or friends to do together.
Foam Is Where the Art Is
Easy Foam Crafts is perfect for younger kids. The super easy craft projects are a joy to create and will inspire them to do even more. Some of the projects in the book are storytime play sets, so the creating is only the start of the fun. The children in your life will hit a foam run with any of these activities, and will be clamoring for more.
Crafting Never Felt So Cute
From royal crowns to fishing games to gardens, the fun designs in Kids' Felt Cuties will keep children engaged and entertained. Patterns and step-by-step instructions make them all easy, with just a little bit of cutting, gluing and simple embroidery stitches. Let their gardens grow!
"A friend is someone who reached for your hand and touched your heart." -Author Unknown
Friendship Crafts are a great way for kids to celebrate their best relationships, and be creative together. The designs in this book are fun for best friends to make together and share with each other. Projects include a secret notes necklace, best friends bracelets, BFF monogram; heart charms bracelet and a friends pillow with a photo sleeve. One or all of these projects are sure to be a hit.
Patch Me If You Can
Children of all ages can spread joy and sparkly cuteness with Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Patches Book. Easy enough for young children and entertaining enough for teens, the 20 quick and colorful patches can add a personal touch to tumblers, phone cases, notebooks, and more. We'll discuss fabrics, adhesives, tracing techniques that will make a procraftinator out of any child.
Looking for A Boulder Craft?
This book will rock their world! The whimsical designs in Rock Painting will bring a smile to any child's face, and to your face as you see the pride in their creations. Step-by-step photos and instructions make each design easy to create. When they're finished, the rocks can sit on a shelf and look pretty, but they can also be used to create fantastic story adventures over and over again. Add a little sunshine to someone else's day by leaving them out and about for others to find.
For The Sheer Fun Of It
Teach a special kids in your life how to knit or crochet—they wool love you for it! Check out our recent blog, Pass On Your Love Of Knit Or Crochet, for some awesome books that will guide you and and the special child in your life step by step. Ewe won't be sorry!
Now that your children have something to keep them happily occupied, you can enjoy a bit of summertime relaxation yourself! Their faces will be beaming with pride at what they can create, and it will inspire them to do more. You could say they will be riding into the sunset, happily ever crafter.
Be sure post photo/s on social media and tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all enjoy their summertime fun as well!
With the school year ending and schedules winding down, June brings us more time for fun, relaxation, and yes, a splash of creativity. Get out your supplies, imagination, and get ready to create with a splash.
Add a splash of color to your bath with 15 unique, fancy and fragrant Sparkle And Fizz Bath Bombs. Bath bombs have a magical way of turning ordinary bath time into a sublime, spa-like experience. These bombs also make adorable pieces to brighten up your bathroom décor.
Vibrant and Bold Are the Words of the Day
Happy Abstracts - Fearless Painting for True Beginners will unleash your inner artist and open your mind to what's possible. The stroke-by-stroke how-to photo guides take you through six projects that will allow you to express yourself in vibrant and bold ways. So, what are you waiting for? Express yourself!
You'll Have a Whale of a Time
Next we'll head under the sea for some darling Water Babies Amigurumi. These crochet sea creatures are not only the cutest, they will be your budding marine biologist's best friends! The baby seal is, of course, totes adorbs, but I'm kind of partial to the puffer fish myself. You'll get to choose from a crab, seahorse, octopus, puffer fish, mermaid, seal, shark, starfish & whale. Or, crochet them all!
A Pour Decision You'll Be Happy With
Paint Pouring is mesmerizing and relaxing—a great way to spend a summer afternoon out of the heat. Get Started In Paint Pouring gives you the tips, techniques and inspiration to create amazing abstract works of art.
Got a Full Plate? Wipe it Clean With Vibrant Dishcloths!
If you're the more practical type who enjoys form AND function, look no further! These crochet Dishcloths are easy to make so you'll get instant gratification, and they're so bright and cheerful everyone in the house will be clamoring to do the dishes!
Set Your Table for Fun
A Splash of Color Livens Up Any Meal, and Playful Place Matswill do just that. Using one simple shape, and your choices of fabrics, you can sew up countless different looks. These mats will soon be screaming, "Dinner's on me!" and everyone will come running.
It's time to brighten up your life with bright colors and bold creativity. Your house will love you for it, your family will love you for it, and you will love creating these vibrant works of art. Whichever project (or projects) you choose, you'll be impressed with the results.
We love to see what you've created. Don't forget to post photo on social media and tag @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all enjoy your creations with you!
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ―Mahatma Gandhi
Have you always to start something new and weren't sure where to start? Whether you want to learn how to crochet, how to knit, how to paint, how to tackle a new stitch, the list below gives you the basics on how to become a pro at your new creative endeavor:
Grab a how-to book with expert instruction to guide you step by step
Gather all the materials you will need. Ex: yarn, needle, paint, pen, etc.
Start small with swatches, samples, small projects, etc. before tackling the harder stuff
Practice your new skill regularly—that will help to make it almost automatic
Sit back and revel in your new creations!
In the next few paragraphs, we'll explore several of our books that come with easy-to-follow instructions and progressive projects for you to learn how to conquer new stitches, new skills, and entirely new crafts.
Great Balls of Yarn: Learn Crochet or Expand Your Skills
If you’re new to crochet or if you want to learn a new crochet skill or two, we've got you hook, yarn and fun with these easy-to-follow books! Learn how to crochet with ease and enjoyment.
The progressive projects of The Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners take you from easy to more difficult with easy-to-follow instructions and patterns. You'll love learning how to crochet with Marly Bird, and the resulting creations are cute AND functional!
You'll be hooked on crochet with Learn to Crochet with Custom Hooks! We'll supply you with a hook designed especially for beginners, so it will be extra easy to learn how to crochet any of the adorable accessories for kids or adults.
This eye-catching stitch will croc your world! The Beginner's Guide to Crocodile Stitch is the perfect "how-to" to add an eye-catching layer of "scales" to your crochet projects. You'll be surprised how easy it is to learn with our step-by-step instructions, photographs, and videos. On a scale (see what we did there?) of 1-10, this book is definitely a 10!
If you adore crocheting and love the look of knits, you won't want to miss out on this hybrid! Award-winning teacher Kim Guzman walks you through the basics with clear photos and friendly instructions in the Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet.
We wouldn't toy with you—your children, grandchildren, friends' children (we could go on and on), will love these toys! And with Learn to Crochet Toys, you'll be a crocheting wizard before you can say "Bodacious ballerina begs you to begin"!
Life's a Stitch: Learning Knitting is Fun and Relaxing, with Beautiful Results
Don't be at your knit's end learning a new skill. Let our pros guide you through a basketful of knitting projects with ease and joy.
Designer Marly Bird walks you every step of the way through how to knit multiple projects in the Complete Knit Collection. You'll not only create awesome gifts—or keepers—you'll gain the skills to be a knitting pro. From trendy dishcloths to a beautiful shawl or afghan, this collection has got you covered.
Not only will this book teach you everything you need to know to make several styles of hats, it includes a kit with everything you need to knit one complete hat. Get started right away without worrying about the materials. If you've been wanting to learn how to knit hats, Knit Hat Book Plus Kit is for you.
Craftastic New Hobbies That Are Easy to Learn
Fun for all levels, Modern Punch Needle takes a modern twist on the traditional needle craft. The step-by-step instructions and 14 progressively harder projects take you from beginner to pro. Once you learn the ins and outs, you'll want to check out this post featuring our newest punch needle kits.
We wouldn't macra-stray you wrong—Get Started In Macramé has 11 gorgeous wall hangings and other projects for beginners to learn how to master this craft from yesteryear. We can also help you out with the supplies you'll need.
The World IS your oyster with Hand Lettering - Great for Weddings & Other Occasions. Your creations can be just as spectacular as you see in stores, or on Pinterest and Instagram. Artist Kathryn Erney will teach you several styles—each building on the last—and before you know it, you’ll have mastered those pen strokes and will be making beautiful pieces!
So whether you want to learn how to knit, how to crochet, or learn a new craft all together, our experts take you step-by-step through the process. Whether you're a beginner or want to enhance your repertoire, at least one of these books is perfect for you. When you're finished, post your photo/s on social media and be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all enjoy your journey as well!
Greetings makers! We are back at it again exploring another exciting new color of the year - BEHR's Back to Nature (S340-4)! This is a calming and centering soft green that evokes revitalization and balance. It pairs well with our last colors of the year: Naval chosen by Sherwin Williams, Chartreuse from Etsy, and Classic Blue by Pantone. BEHR picked Back to Nature to bring a sense of the outdoors into your everyday life. It is an elemental color that engages the senses. We are here to inspire you to incorporate Back to Nature into your creative and crafty lives, so let's get to it!
Let's kick things off with why BEHR chose Back to Nature as their color of the year for 2020. BEHR knows that our everyday routines can become monotonous and disconnected from the natural world. They aim to bring the inspiration and rejuvenation of the outdoors back to us by infusing it into our daily lives through color. We love this idea and can't think of a better way to do this than with our current selection of crafting books for our Makers! Breathe new life into your week by incorporating Back to Nature into your environment. How about a calming handmade afghan on your couch or a centering knitted scarf around your neck? Bring the gift of nature to your friends and family by creating a quilt or crocheted earrings infused with this soothing color. The possibilities are endless and we have highlighted some of our favorites below!
Who doesn't love to snuggle up with a tranquil and cozy afghan, especially one that you made yourself? With Easy Afghans #6725 you can do just that and envelope yourself with the BEHR 2020 color of the year Back to Nature. Easy Afghans presents you with seven simple crochet projects featuring Chetwynd Miters, Arundel Castle, Hearthside Coziness, Seaview, Icefall, Autumn Ridge, and Green Willow patterns. Each composition provides a step-by-step guide to creating exciting stitches and techniques. Choose from any one of Sharon Silverman's gorgeous designs from mitered squares and popular motifs to ripples, shells, woven plaid, or filet crochet. Play around with your creativity by choosing a heavier yarn to bring your homemade afghan a weighted feel inspiring calm and balance. How about a lighter fiber for a loftier touch? After a long day at work, treat yourself with the essence of the outdoors by wrapping your shoulders with this relaxing color. Or spoil your friends and family with the gift of comfort and serenity with these projects rated at the easy and easy plus skill level!
Encourage revitalization into your wardrobe with these 15 easy and easy plus rated crochet designs to freshen up your jewelry boudoir. With 15 Beautiful Crochet Projects using Cotton Thread #7250 you can permeate even your accessories with the soothing green of Back to Nature! Each design calls for lace-weight crochet cotton (aka bedspread weight, size 10) and a size 7 steel crochet hook with many adding a fun twist using beads. Bring an elemental and grounding feel to your bijoux with these fun designs by Kristen Stoltzfus Clay including Hibiscus Necklace, Olive Earrings, Flower Brooch, Cameo Bracelet, Star Flower Earrings and much more! You don't have to be a jewelry making pro to crank out these fun and inspiring treasures for you or your loved ones. All projects featured provide approachable jewelry finishing instructions.
The balancing green of Back to Nature can easily be incorporated into your new favorite knit and crochet hats! With All Your Favorite Hats - 10 Crochet and Knit Hat Projects #75722 you can captivate your senses by evoking the outdoors with BEHR's 2020 color of the year all while warming your noggin. We love these simple designs because they can inspire any maker at any skill level (including one intermediate style). Each project has the potential for sharing the centering color of soft green, in either knit or crochet, with everyone! How about the Boys Ribbed Hat for your son, Easy Slouch Hat for your teenager, Cables Bun Hat for you, Wildwood Hat for mom, and Gisburn Forest Hat for your best friend? Not only do the color of these hats bring the outdoors to us but we can go out and embrace nature with them! A win-win and a must have for your crafty repertoire.
Designer Andi Javori brings you 25 exceptional knitting projects to inspire your artful side in Casual Weekend Knits - 25 Go Anywhere Knit Projects #7373. These fun and versatile patterns are rated basic and easy so you can be rocking your new Asymmetrical Shawl or Boot Cuffs within hours! Try making the Lace Fingerless Gloves and Shoulder Shrug in Back to Nature green to help center yourself throughout your busy day. How about a new purse, poncho, or headband to revitalize your style? We love these simple and adaptable projects because the sky is the limit on the possibilities they bring.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to weave but don't know where to start? We have your solution right here with Learn to Weave - Create Stylish Woven Wall Art #56062! This laminated step-by-step trifold comes with approachable instructions, techniques, and full color illustrations to ease your way into the world of weaving. Bring the tranquil and grounding green of Back to Nature to your bathroom or bedroom walls with ease. Fill that empty wall space in your basement or office with colors that remind you to take a deep breath and center. Better yet, give the gift of this go-to weaving trifold to inspire your friends to try their hand at the simple pleasures weaving can bring.
QUILT AND SEW
Style up every room in your house with hand-crafted accessories that compliment your style! Home Accessories Best of Sew News #6346 can get you there. Start off with this adorable farm cat that can be used as a paper/picnic weight, pin cushion, or fun accent. Give the guest bedroom an inviting feel with the tufted satin throw. Brighten up the living room with personalized window treatments, Roman shades, and covered lampshades. The soothing green of Back to Nature pairs well with any of the 20+ easy and inspiring creations featured. Shouldn't your home be a place of sanctuary and escape? Create your calming and restorative space with your own unique approach.
Our final craft inspiration comes from the wonderful world of quilts! With Best of Fons and Porter Easy Quilts #5560 any quilter can get their creative fix on. We love the easy-to-follow instructions for these 31 make-in-a-weekend quilts. Infuse BEHR's 2020 color of the year into your new favorite go-to blanket to escape the noise and distraction of your everyday life. Check out how beautiful the Sassy Stripes Quilt came out with the natural elements evoked through Back to Nature! Each pattern features time-saving tips with simplified patchwork, larger blocks, strip-sets, and other shortcuts making this a great find for both beginners and advanced quilters looking for quick and satisfying projects. Each design features a lifestyle photograph, assembly diagram, step-by-step instructions, and complete materials list. Within just a few weekends you could deck out all of your favorite people who will relish under your cozy and peaceful works of art.
There you go makers! A full set of inspirational designs and projects to fill your free time with fun and accessible creations. Now go out and incorporate the calming, grounding, and restorative BEHR 2020 color of the year Back to Nature into your life through the crafts we highlighted in this color exploration. We know you will wow us with your creativity and artful eyes so be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts!
Whether you’re stuck at home and need a relaxing way to spend your time, or you’re looking for activities to do with the kids, we’re here to help! We’ve got a wide variety of crafts to choose from even if you’re new to crafting.
Easy, Fun and Creative Crafts for Kids, and Adults Too
Create awesome memories with your kids while you’re all at home. This book by Rachel Nipper may be called After-School Kids’ Crafts, but we can bend the rules now can’t we? The 12 playful projects included in the book are quick, easy and a joy to craft. Each craft comes with a shopping list and easy-to-follow instructions. If you like butterflies, unicorns, flowers, turtles, jellyfish or owls, you will find the perfect project to spark your creativity.
Anyone Can Paint, Including You
Now's the time to let your inner artist shine. Everyone has an artist within them, and with Happy Abstracts, even beginners can make bold and vibrant paintings! Learn to create vibrant canvas art, stroke by stroke and step by step. This explorative painting guide, by artist EttaVee (Jessi Raulet), will have you painting bright and beautiful works of art in no time with bold hues and daring brushwork. Following along with the photo guides, you’ll journey through six projects. This is a great way to feed your creative soul and stretch your mind.
Craft Bombs Are Really the Bomb
Craft Bombs: A Super Stash of Awesome Art to Spread Kindness, Joy, and Happiness, is a great companion to social distancing. This super-cute colorful art has plenty of activities to use your time creatively. Just pull out any of the pre-made art from the book and get creative with your craft supplies. This book offers layers of craft-tastic kindness, with projects like vision boards, journal cards, banners, affirmation and kindness cards, room décor, origami fortune tellers (cootie catchers) and more!
Get Busy and Get Slimed
Who doesn’t love slime?! With Slimed DIY guide, you can make your own at home for hours of fun. The book includes a basic slime recipe plus 9 fun and gooey variations: Clear, Color Changing (temperature sensitive), Fluffy, Glitter Glue, Glitter, Gold (metallic), Magnetic, Starry Night (black with glitter and star sequins), and Winter (icy blue with snowy mini beads). You'll love being slimed so much, you won't want to put it down!
Why Not Use This Time to Make Simple Home Improvements
Transform everyday items into one-of-a-kind treasures with A Beginner’s Guide to Chalk Painting. The no-prep paint dries in minutes and can be layered and sanded for a perfect distressed look and feel. Wax adds durability and buffs to a soft sheen. The ultra-matte finish can be applied to new, unfinished, or up-cycled furniture, cabinets, walls, glass, metal and more. You’ll love what you can do!
Tutus are Terrific and Easy to Make
If you know a child who thinks tutus are terrific, you can craft one yourself with A Tutu for Every Occasion. Whether for special occasions or everyday play, each tutu is adjustable to fit sizes 2-8 and can be made in any length. Simple headwear and other accessories add the finishing touches to each ensemble! Bring out the ballerina in your child with these creations!
Time spent crafting is never a waste, so get your next project started today! Let us know how you're using your time productively and creatively—tag @leisureartsinc or hashtag #leisurearts, we love to see what your creativity at work.
Hey Makers! We have been loving this winter weather, mostly because of all the cozy fashion we get to make and wear. You can break out that signature oversized sweater and mittens and go have snowball fights, or use that fluffy and soft afghan to cozy up by the fire and watch movies. Scroll to find your favorite cozy project!
Weighted Blanket Relaxation
Sleep through the night with the stress-free snuggle of a weighted blanket! Cozy Weighted Blankets is a craft sewing book that will transform your sleep with 15 family friendly projects destined to help you get a better night’s rest. Even the most restless sleepers deserve stress-free and sleep filled evenings, so craft your own weighted blanket, and avoid paying the high cost of readymade weighted blankets! From family sized wraps to throws just for you, you’ll find your perfect replacement to that childhood stuffed animal and fill your night with calming cuddles instead of restless tosses and turns. This is a project that takes a little bit of time and commitment, but trust us, it's worth it when you are relaxing by the fire.
Knit Cozy Pillows
Revamp your living room or office into a cozy den with just a few simple pillows! In Cozy Pillows you can knit 10 home décor pillows with eye-catching stitch patterns. Get creative with patterns like Eyelet Diamond and Cables, Six-Stitch Cable, Hourglass Eyelets, and more. Featuring yarn weights from light to super bulky, most pillows are for easy or easy-plus skill level; the bolster is for intermediate. You can have a range of pillows for all décor styles, and you can customize them to your liking with colors and accents! You can never have too many pillows.
Comfy Afghan Mornings
Share the coziness and beauty of Lion Brand Homespun yarn using any of the seven cuddly throws in Homespun Comfort Afghans. From ripples and braids to hexagons and strips, each crochet design works up quickly using our easy-to-follow instructions. This attractive collection of afghans will make great gifts for those you love! You can use bulky yarn for a fluffy wrap, or medium weight yarn for texture. This mustard yellow afghan is a great wrap for chilly mornings!
Camping With Crochet
If you're in the market for unique winter patterns, then Fair Isle Crochet is your book. Fair Isle is a technique used to create patterns with multiple colors. Only two colors are used per row, and the unused color is worked over, weaving it into the fabric. Designer and instructor extraordinaire, Melissa Leapman will guide you through this new crochet technique, so don't worry! All designs are rated easy, so you’ll be finishing up your first project in no time. You can make projects like this Laurel Leaves Hat & Scarf, and look ready for any winer outdoor adventure. So pick up some colorful worsted weight yarn, and crochet away!
Warm Hugs For Your Hands
Crochet the cutest, coziest mittens for yourself and all your cold-handed friends with this Fair Isle Mittens book! Every mitten in this book achieves its unique and colorful style thanks to designer, Lori Adams and her use of the Fair Isle Technique. Lori was inspired by knitted mittens that she had seen in a store, and knew that there had to be a crochet equivalent out there. So she created these great crochet patterns that look knit with simple stitches and a little patience! These heart patterned mittens that you see above are the perfect gesture to show someone how much you care about them. If you want a more in depth look into these Fair Isle patterns, Lori has a great video talking about her book!
Cozy Kitchen Afternoons
Take your quilting to the next, totally trendy level with this Modern Patchwork book! Inside you’ll find 12 contemporary projects by some of today’s most skilled and accomplished quilt designers. Patterns feature bold colors with a mix of solids and prints and plenty of negative space. The result? Twelve truly stunning projects, including this culinary brights apron that you see above. You can be stylish as you make Sunday brunch! Aprons are always cozy because you get to make your comfort foods in style. It reminds you of your childhood when you were baking cookies with mom, or waiting on pies from grandma! So grab some fun fabric and jump on the modern quilt bandwagon with these fresh patterns that inspire your creativity.
Snowy Mornings and Soft Afghans
You'll be on a crochet marathon when you see all of the patterns in Crochet Afghan Revival. This book has over 40 stunning afghans to spread warmth and joy and keep your fingers ridiculously happy! Inside you’ll see that traditional patterns meet modern color combinations, and there’s an afghan for every room, every style, every season, every mood, and every occasion. You’ll even discover a few coordinating pillow patterns! This snowball afghan is the perfect wintry blanket to decorate your couch with. The neutral colors will balance any colors in a room, and the variations of gray give the afghan depth and dimension. Most projects are rated easy with a few intermediate ones mixed in to keep you on your toes. So grab a hook and yarn, and crochet your way to comfort!
Weekends are for comfort, and so are these crochet patterns from Oversized Sweaters! Lounge in a long hoodie or go downtown in a stylish sweater. Throw on a poncho or swing jacket for extra warmth or slip into a soft pullover and sleep in an extra hour or three. This book is all about looking cute and comfy, like this striped sweater that you see above. All projects are rated easy and work up quickly using simple stitches and medium to bulky weight yarn. The possibilities for maximum comfort are endless! Pick the sweater pattern that is right for you, and stitch yourself a new winter staple.
Go Anywhere Outfits
Cozy up with your yarn and this Casual Weekend Knits book – full of 25 go anywhere projects. And thanks to designer Andi Javori, you’ll have 25 phenomenal knitting projects to nourish your spirit and keep your fingers happy, like this pom-pom hat and mittens set! All of these projects are perfect for any occasion, and can be dressed up or down with the right accessories! They can also work up quickly with our easy-to-follow instructions. So grab your needles and knit away!
All of these books are the perfect guides to comfort, with projects that will last you well past winter! Have you made these projects? Share them with us! Be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, we love to see what's going on in your studios. Be sure to check out all of these great items that we have up for grabs during our February giveaway! Remember to enter for a chance to win all of these goodies.
Hey, makers! It's been a colorful new year so far, and we're just getting started. You may have seen our last color study on classic blue, comparing some of our favorite patterns and projects to Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year. We know you guys love color trends, so we're happy to continue the series! We're going to be looking at the colors of the year from different brands, and match some of our favorite projects with the hue! This time, we're taking a look at Etsy's 2020 color of the year, Chartreuse. Here's what Etsy thinks of this unique hue:
This color certainly is bold and beautiful. We have some bright and poppy projects for you guys to work on if you want to join the swell of makers and modern fashion icons alike in incorporating this color into their 2020 fashion and home décor. So, scroll to find your favorite craft category, and find your favorite Chartreuse project!
Make Your 1st Cowls: 10 Easy-to-Stitch Projects for True Beginnersspeaks for itself. You can make beautiful and textured cowls on your first try with the easy-to-follow instructions from Marly Bird! Why tackle a traditional scarf for your first-ever crochet project when you can chain and slip stitch your way to a fashionable cowl in no time? This book has 10 trendy patterns like a Triangle Mesh cowl, or Blue Lace beauties, but this green tea and velvet cowl pattern features chartreuse in a great way. It accents the charcoal gray and gives her outfit a colorful pop, as you can see above. This is a great first project for beginners in crochet, and you can join the chartreuse obsessed community with a fun fashion accessory!
Crochet the cutest, coziest chartreuse mittens for yourself and all your cold-handed friends with this Fair Isle Mittens book! Every mitten in this book achieves its unique and colorful style thanks to designer Lori Adams and her use of the Fair Isle Technique. Lori was inspired by Knitted mittens that she had seen in a store, and knew that there had to be a crochet equivalent out there. So she created these great crochet patterns that look knit with simple stitches and a little patience! These Fish Skeleton Mittens that you see above are quirky and adorable, and would make a great gift to keep a friend warm! You’ll have so much fun applying this new technique and lacing in this bright and bold chartreuse accent.
Make fun knit socks for the whole family! More Fun Socks by Leisure Arts presents 6 unique projects with personality. The socks range from easy to intermediate skill level and use a variety of yarn and double-pointed needle sizes. Designs include Annelise Knee Socks, Braided Cable Socks, Leaf Socks and more, but the Slippers Socks that you see above have great chartreuse stripes throughout the pattern. These socks come out super soft and comfy, and would be a great first project for beginners. Plus, who doesn't need socks? These patterns are the perfect essentials for the winter months to keep your feet warm.
Jen Lucas, popular knit and crochet designer, brings you 14 funky and fun knit accessories, all knit in the round from her book Knit Accessories. Featuring yarn weights from super light to bulky, most accessories are easy-to-follow and create in the round – you’re always looking at the right side of your work, so it will be less confusing when you set it down and pick it back up again. Choose fun techniques like cables, lace, or slipped stitches, and grab those double-pointed needles! Designs include Dreamy Cabled Boot Cuffs & Mittens, Classic Lace Cowl and more, but this chartreuse hat and mitten set above is perfect for snowball fights and hot chocolate mornings. Whether you’re a beginner knitter looking for new projects, or an advanced crafter looking for quick projects, you’re sure to find something you love in Knit Accessories.
Create beautiful handmade soaps that are perfect for gift giving, like these chartreuse botanical soap sticks from Home Soap Making! You’ll find easy instructions for 13 types of soap that can all be made in minutes. These Botanical sticks make a great wedding favor, a nice gift for your co-workers, or a nice treat for yourself. Soap is the perfect handmade gift for any occasion, because it's simple and always appreciated. You can even customize it to your liking with your favorite scents and additives like fresh herbs and flowers.
Treat your walls to a splash of color and creativity when you Learn to Make Woven Wall Hangings! Designer Amelia McDonell-Parry will pave the way to your future love affair with the woven arts with these six beginner tapestry patterns, and we especially love this tasseled wall hanging that you see above. The chartreuse in here makes a great contrast to the piece and breaks up the pastel pinks and purples in the color palette. Amelia will introduce you to basic terminology, teach you the tools of the craft, and guide you through basic weaving techniques, providing helpful tips and tricks along the way. So grab a frame loom, weaving needle, and loads of lovely yarn, and you’ll be a seasoned weaving enthusiast in no time!
Take advantage of pre-cut fabrics and let the fun begin! The seven creations in Projects With Pre-cuts from Leisure Arts are all small designs that you can finish in a flash. Color combinations are simple when you use designer assortments of fat quarters, jelly roll strips, and other cuts. This geometric table runner compliments the blue perfectly, and gives any dining table a nice wash of color. This book takes a lot of the quest work out of quilting and sewing, because you already are working with pre-cut elements! so you can whip this project up in no time for a fancy dinner party, or a relaxing brunch with friends.
Who would have thought that simple little rings made of metal or plastic would have revolutionized the home décor world? The 16 innovative designs in Home Décor Using Grommets from Leisure Arts go beyond just a fun and functional way to hang curtains. These chartreuse potholders will modernize your kitchen with the new hue, and they're super easy to make with the instructions! Uses for grommets range from adding pizzazz to pillows and other accessories to providing quick and easy gift ideas. This book also has a bunch of great life hacks for organizing your craft closets with grommets, storing your phone chargers, and more! Discover a grommeted project that's perfect for you.
What do you think of Chartreuse? If you've made a project in this trendy 2020 color, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios. Stay tuned for our upcoming color trend blogs throughout the year.