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  • How to Master a New Craft or Skill

    “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:

    1. Grab a how-to book with expert instruction to guide you step by step
    2. Gather all the materials you will need. Ex: yarn, needle, paint, pen, etc.
    3. Start small with swatches, samples, small projects, etc. before tackling the harder stuff
    4. Practice your new skill regularly—that will help to make it almost automatic
    5. 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!

    Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    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.

    Learn to Crochet with Custom Hooks #6381

    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!

    Beginner's Guide to Crocodile Stitch #6377

    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.

    Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet #5599

    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"!

    Learn to Crochet Toys #6188

    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. 

    Chunky Pillow, Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Market Bag, Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Learn beautiful mosaic knitting with The Beginner's Guide To Mosaic Knitting. Create complex-looking fabrics with only one color per row, with yarn guru Melissa Leapman guiding you through.

    The Beginner's Guide To Mosaic Knitting #7492

    Come in first lace learning how to create gorgeous purses, doilies, scarfs, and more, with the Beginner's Guide to Lace Knitting.

    Beginner's Guide to Lace Knitting #6351

    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.

    Modern Punch Needle #7513

    Channel your inner pyromaniac and learn how to leave your mark (on wood, of course) with Modern Woodburning - 9 Skill-Building Projects for Learning Pyography You'll really enjoy blazing this trail!

    Modern Woodburning #7524

    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.

    Get Started In Macrame #7217

    Paint happy thoughts with Happy Abstracts - Fearless Painting for True Beginners. Stroke-by-stroke how-to photo guides take you through six colorful and abstract projects, sure to be a centerpiece of your home décor.

    Happy Abstracts - Fearless Painting for True Beginners #7412

    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!

    Hand Lettering - Great for Weddings & Other Occasions #7326

    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!  

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Get Instant Craftification And Get Crafting With ePatterns

    Since all of us are stuck at home, the time is now to use up our extra stashes of yarn. We’ve assembled a collection of ePatterns you can download NOW, and are readable on any device. Plus, they all use a skein or less of yarn — perfect for quick projects for yourself or to get a huge head-start on holiday or birthday gifts. 

    Hang Around With Your House Plants In Style

    Diamond Yoga Socks ePattern #808207 

    Ivy Stitch Plant Hanger ePattern #808204

    For plant-loving crocheters, this Ivy Stitch Plant Hanger ePattern was designed by Sarah J. Green and rated Easy, so whether you’re a beginner or looking for a quick afternoon activity, this project has you covered. Display your favorite little plants in 6” (15 cm) pots that fit perfectly in this cute little  hanger. If you want to take a stab at more than just one plan hanger, you can find this one and more in Pretty Little Plant Hangers e-book.

    Get Your Favorite Baby Ready for the Big Leagues

    High-Top Sneakers #808145C

    High-Top Sneakers ePattern #808145C

    For your future basketball star, or just because of their incredible adorableness, you MUST crochet these tiny high-tops. High-Top Sneakers ePattern is rated Easy and includes instruction for small (2” wide x 3” long, or 5 cm x 7.5 cm) and medium (2” wide x 3.5” long, or 5 cm x 9 cm). If you know more than one baby, or you just want to enhance your own child’s shoe collection, this sneaker (along with other equally adorable baby booties) can also be found in Modern Baby Booties e-book. We know your baby is fashion-forward, so grab your yarn and get to crocheting!

    Dress Up Your Kitchen with Darling Dish Soap Dresses

    Dishcloth Dress with Apron ePattern #804312

    Dishcloth Dress with Apron ePattern #804312 

    Who says dish soap can’t be pretty? We say hogwash! Outfitted with an apron, your prettied-up soap is ready and willing to get the job done! The Dishcloth Dress with Apron ePattern, the apron is easily created by changing use between solid and variegated colors. Basic stitches are used with a thirsty, medium-weight cotton yarn. If just one dress isn’t enough, you’ll want to take a look at the Dishcloth Dresses e-book for several different styles. Pick your favorite colors darling up your kitchen.

    We Can All Use the Positive Energy a Cardinal Brings

    Cardinal ePattern #807249

    Cardinal ePattern #807249 

    This Cardinal is a gorgeous crocheted songbird with uncanny lifelike characteristics. This amigurumi spirit guide a team player and bold defender of your family and surroundings. It is also a popular state bird and a popular sports team mascot. So whether you’re a Cardinals fan, bird lover or appreciate the symbolism, this little bird is a keeper — you will surely want to make a few to give away as well. This Cardinal ePattern is rated easy and has an approximate finished size of 3.5” tall, or 9 cm. This ePattern is included in Spirit Animals e-book, which is also downloadable and has a wild selection of animals. Go Cardinals, go you!

    Let the Good Times Roll with a Roll-Brim Hat

    Quick & Easy Roll-Brim Hat ePattern #808332 

    Winter is coming (well, eventually anyway). Knit this Quick & Easy Roll-Brim Hat in no time with Easy Plus skill level instructions. The completed hat circumference measures 20.5" or 52 cm. This design by Patsy J. Leatherburry can also be found in Hats for the Family e-book, which includes designs from cozy to chic. Top off your day with a stylish hat or 10.

    You Don’t Have to Bend Over Backwards to Knit These Yoga Socks

    Diamond Yoga Socks ePattern #808207 

    Diamond Yoga Socks ePattern #808207 

    Add style and comfort to your workout with knit Diamond Yoga Socks ePattern. Three sizes are included in the instructions (rated easy): small (6 1/2” or 16.5 cm) circumference, medium (8” or 20.5 cm), and large (9 3/4” or 25 cm). The socks in the photo was created using Red Heart Baby Hugs Medium. If you want more than one accessory (doesn’t everybody?), this design by Cathy Hardy and more can be found in Wild About Texture e-book.

    Life in the Craft Lane is Much Better than Life in the Fast Lane

    All of these projects are a great way to spend the afternoon, or heck, why not six afternoons? The projects we’ve discussed are just a small sampling of our available ePatterns. You can find them all on our website by searching for “ePatterns” or clicking here.

  • Stuck at Home? Stay Creative

    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

    After-School Kids Crafts Book #7238C

    After-School Kids Crafts Book #7238C

    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 Book #7507C

    Craft Bombs - A Super Stash of Awesome Art to Spread Kindness, Joy and Happiness Book #7507C

    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

    A Beginner's Guide to Chalk Painting Book #6437C

    A Beginner's Guide to Chalk Painting Book #6437C

    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

    A Tutu for Every Occasion Book #6225C

    A Tutu for Every Occasion Book #6225C

    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.

    -Leisure Arts Team

    Stuck at Home? Stay Creative!

  • New Diamond Art! More Designs to Dazzle

    You asked, we answered, makers! The new year has just begun, and we have some dazzling diamond paintings to celebrate. We just launched 9 brand new Diamond Art Canvases, intermediate and advanced, so you can diamond dot to your heart's content!

    So what is this dazzling craft of diamond painting? It sounds strange if you've never heard of it before, but the act of diamond painting is quite simple. It's like painting by number, but with diamonds! You adhere 13 faceted gems to a sticky pre-designed canvas, and voila! You have a beautiful and unique creation that has super versatile display options. Here is a diamond painting up close, featuring our Aurora Eagle Kit.

    You'll notice that we're introducing some new techniques and some new styles of diamonds, so scroll to see what your favorite new Diamond Art kit is!

    Intermediate Kits

    Poppies - kit 51496

    Fairy - kit 51488

    Bald Eagle - kit 52510

    These intermediate kits are great small diamond art projects to jump into if you are just getting started in the craft, and don't want to commit to a whole advanced canvas. If you're addicted to florals this year, then try out this intermediate Poppy Diamond Art kit! The coral pops (pun intended) off the light pink background, and the simple design gives a modern look to any space. This intermediate Fairy Diamond Art kit brings out your imagination with multicolored and multi-faceted that balance the pink swirly backdrop. This would be a great canvas to diamond dot with a crafty little one, sot hey can have an adorable sparkly artwork for their room! You can show off your patriotic side by diamond dotting This Bald Eagle Diamond Art kit. This eagle looks so realistic you almost expect it to blink, and the American flag in the background is a perfect pop of color! This canvas would make a great 4th of July decoration, or even just a nice gift for someone who's served our country. You could even customize this with a nice festive frame!

    Advanced Kits

    Abstract Wine - kit 52514

    Wildflowers - kit 52515

    If you've Diamond Dotted before, and you're looking for your next canvas, then you're in luck! These canvases are bold and beautiful, and they're ready to be diamond dotted. If you're in the market for an abstract piece, then look no further, because this Abstract Wine Diamond Art kit has everything you need. Mirroring stained glass, you get to depict a simple scene like two wine glasses in thousands of colors, turning a simple setting into a creative mural. This definitely gives off relaxing bistro vibes, and if having two wine glasses of wine after a long day at work isn't a mood, then I don't know what is.

    If you want a garden to last a lifetime, then you erase it in diamonds. This Wildflower Diamond Art kit is perfect for the gardener at heart who can't keep a plant alive for more than day. You can diamond dot these beautiful flowers and they'll never wilt! Give this canvas as a fun crafty gift for a friend, or keep it for yourself and spruce up your space.

    Black Cat Floral - kit 52513

    Aurora Eagle - kit 52519

    With new Diamond Art comes new designs, and new unique styles! This time around, we've played with the negative space art trend, and made the background dotted, and the foreground undotted. This Black Cat Floral Diamond Art kit is great for the inner hippie who channels 70's fashion. with the dotted design being the rainbow flowers, the canvas has a unique depth to it! The Aurora Eagle Diamond Art kit is similar, with a really striking tree line silhouetted in a northern lights landscape. This canvas features our AB coated diamonds, so it's extra sparkly too.

    Tiger - kit 52525

    Pirate Ship - kit 52527

    If you want to delve into a full drill canvas, meaning every inch of design is covered in diamonds, then we've got a treat for you! This Tiger Diamond Art kit is brilliant with its sunset background with rainbow accents. The tiger on the rock in the foreground makes for a beautiful artwork that could liven up any room that needs a refreshing pop of color. If you want to channel captain Jack Sparrow, you can diamond dot this majestic Pirate Ship Diamond Art kit! You can sail the dazzling seas with a beautiful sunset sky, bright green palm trees, and a little imagination.

    We are loving this new batch of Diamond Art! Tell us what you think in the comments, or tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, we love to see what's going on in your studios!

    Happy Diamond Dotting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Cozy Comforts: The Winter Essentials and More!

    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

    Cozy Weighted Blankets - Book #7568

    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

    Cozy Pillows - Book #75625

    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

    Homespun Comfort Afghans - Book # 75686

    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

    Fair Isle Crochet - Book #7234

    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

    Fair Isle Mittens - Book #7453

    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

    Modern Patchwork - Book #7493

    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

    Crochet Afghan Revival - Book #7572

    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!

    Oversized Comfort

    Oversized Sweaters - Book #7476

    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.

    If you want to enter our February Cozy Comforts giveaway, click here.

    Happy Making!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • The Therapeutic Benefits of Needle Crafting

    Our January campaign is Taking Care of You, and we are focusing on the benefits of crafting, and how reserving a little bit of time out of the day to craft will change your attitude for the better. Needle crafting holds a wide range of crafts, from simple sewing, to textured embroidery, all the way to punch needle!

    The meditative action of stitching gives you a mindless feeling that just relaxes you. The extra bonus is that you have a beautiful project that you can show off to your friends and family. Check out all of the fun ways you can incorporate needle crafting into your craft resumé, and feel better doing it!

    Simple Stitches for the Free Spirit

    Free Spirit Stitching - Book 7228

    If you're a novice with needlepoint but still want to discover the therapeutic benefits of the craft, then try these simple sewing projects from Free Spirit Stitching! These projects are great for the beginner that is just wanting to learn the basics with with a fun twist. You can create great patterns and colorful decor using just simple stitches and even easy materials like hot glue. Jump into needle craft with a simple project from this book, and fall in love with how relaxing and fun it is!

    Stitchery

    Blue Voyage Stitchery Kit - Item #49810

    Stitchery Kits - www.leisurearts.com

    Embroidery! A whimsical craft that takes a lot of patience and focus. When it comes to stitching designs, you're usually stuck with the old-fashioned house with the white picket fence, or the generic stitched red heart. With our new line of Stitchery Kits, you won't be disappointed! We've come up with modern and unique designs that will stand out like a sore thimble (in good way). Each packaged design comes with the embroidery hoop, canvas wrap, and all the thread you could possibly need to create these colorful artworks. The best part about these designs, is that they are pre-printed on the canvas provided, so you don't have to worry about being off on your line work! Just follow the lines, and watch as your embroidered piece jumps off the hoop. That's what makes this craft so relaxing, you don't have to worry about completing a whole section in one day for fear of losing your place. You can pick it up and craft any time you want, and pick up right where you started. It's kind of a similar feeling to finishing a Diamond Art Canvas, but you can read all about that in our last therapeutic benefits blog (The Therapeutic Benefits of Diamond Art).

    Punch Needle

    Modern Punch Needle - Book 7513

    Punch Needle is a great traditional needle craft that has taken a modern twist recently, as you can see above! Modern Punch Needle by Bérénice Robert shows us how to take the Punch Needle craft and reinvent it to make it look fresh and new with bold colors and fun textures. This craft is as easy as buying the items and stitching away to your design! The cloth is super pliable and easily lets the punch needle thread work its magic to create an effortless design that works up in no time! You can add a new abstract throw pillow to your couch, or embellish your favorite purse or jacket the choices are endless for incorporating this craft into your daily life. Not only will the benefits of trying this craft become a meditative practice for you, but you'll have a comfy and cute accessory for your wardrobe or home décor.

    Craft

    Living Coral

    Hoops Hooray 7251

    This project from Hoops Hooray is a great example of reinvention of needle craft materials. This project uses traditional sewing materials like an embroidery hoop, and transforms it into a great way to de-clutter your crafting area! Needle Crafting doesn't have to be these grandiose projects that take forever to make. You can start with fun, small projects like these that not only help you practice your simple stitching skills, but help you organize and, in turn, relax.

    Quilting/Sewing

    Quilted Wall Hangings - Book 7493

    When you get comfortable with those beginner needle craft projects, you can move onto more intricate projects like this project from Quilted Wall Hangings! This dreamcatcher will catch all of those nightmares and take your stresses away with the bright colors and fun geometric patterns it has to offer. This is a fun and unique way to reinvent Quilting and Sewing and get a relaxing result at the same time.

    If you've tried any of these crafts, let us know how they make you feel! Be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts too, because we love to see what's going on in your studios!

  • DIY Storage Box Using Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow Kit

    Spark your imagination by crafting a fun a storage box with the Diamond Painting Deer and Rainbow Kit. You can create so much with this adorable Diamond Art design. Spend your leisure time creating a fun and functional storage box. Sparkle Art can be fun for anyone ages 8 to infinity! Sparkle Art is a fun collection of fresh and fun diamond paintings that are beginner size. They may be small, but they flash with sparkle power! 

    So what is this dazzling craft of diamond painting? It sounds strange if you've never heard of it before, but the act of diamond painting is quite simple. It's like painting by number, but with diamonds and your imagination! You adhere 13 faceted gems to a sticky pre-designed canvas, and voila! You have a beautiful and unique creation that has super versatile display options. Here is a diamond painting close up, featuring our Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow. Bling out Bambi’s best friend when you diamond paint this fun and friendly Rainbow Deer! With the help of sparkling AB coated diamonds, this kit will give you positive vibes and happy thoughts. 

    Find 50478 at www.Lesiurearts.com

    We think that Sparkle Art goes beyond just wall art, and can be made into everyday items like handbags, phone cases, or in this post, an adorable box, perfect for storing jewelry, ribbon, treasures, pens, and more! The instructions are easy-to-follow and calls for a cute ribbon and adhesive glue to make this beautiful box.

    Read on for a tutorial on how to use some DIY magic to make a dazzling and fancy box. This is a tutorial that works with almost every kit design we've created, but in this case, we decided to go colorful using our Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow Kit.

    Supplies

    •  Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow Kit
    • Paint, white or your favorite color!
    • Paint brushes
    • Strong Adhesive Backing (glue, double-sided adhesives, etc.)
    • Wood Box (8X8 inches) (varies by type and size, but MUST have a solid surface)
    • Scissors
    • Ribbon
    • OPTIONAL - Extra Accessories (stickers, extra gems, etc.) 

    Get Started on Your Wooden Box!

    1. Make the Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow Kit 

    Bring out your creativity with a dip, dot, and dazzle! Sparkle Art is meant to be a leisurely craft that lets you put the canvas away for the moment or come back to it later in time if you wanted to. Complete it in one day, or within hours, the choice is up to you, just let your imagination run wild!

    2. Craft Your Wooden Box

    Paint your wooden box white or your favorite color to give your project a hint of your personality. You can be as creative as you want with your brush and strokes. Paint and then let sit for an hour to let the paint dry! Then after the box is dry, adorn the box with your favorite ribbon. We used a ribbon around the box bottom and the lid. But feel feel to use one or both ribbons because the world and the box is your oyster. Our favorite is a cute iridescent ribbon that helps the Diamond Art sparkle!

    3. Cut Out Your Diamond Art Fabric

    After you've glittered your way to success, carefully cut out your design, and get ready to customize! Our fabric frays minimally, so you don't have to worry about mending the edges before placing the design on your wooden box (but you certainly can if you want to). Now, you're finally ready to place your canvas onto your wooden box, using your adhesive of choice and a steady hand. Make sure to lay out the design flat, and smooth the canvas out for air bubbles once placed. Place the Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow on the fabric and apply the adhesive. 

    4. Accessorize (Or Don't)! 

    Now that your Sparkle Art design is placed, all that’s left are finishing touches. Make your wooden box is one of a kind by adding extra accessories around the edges, going crazy with color combinations with additional ribbons, or even adding extra stickers here and there. Show the world how creative you can be with your Diamond Art and show off your imagination with the finishing touches. Let your creativity run wild to your heart’s content, and then muah! It's as simple as that and it’s beautiful. This is a great and unique way to utilize your Sparkle Art canvas to the fullest and have a special location for your jewelry or more! 

    If you try your hand at this, share it to our Diamond Art Facebook Page or Tag us @LeisureArtsInc for a special shoutout. We'd love to see what's going on in your studio.

    Want more DIY Diamond Art projects? Your wish is our command! Check out our other projects here.

    DIY Diamond Art Phone Case

    DIY Diamond Art Welcome Sign

    DIY Diamond Art Cherry Blossom Pillow

    DIY Diamond Art Handbag

    DIY Diamond Art Butterfly Pillow

    DIY Diamond Art Elephant Folder

    DIY Diamond Art Dragon Eye

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • DIY Gifts For Adult Sons and Daughters

    Hello again, Makers! We're getting closer and closer to the holidays, and we have been churning out blogs full of inspiration for the best DIY gifts for that special someone. This might be the last blog in our holiday gift guide series, but don't worry, we have many more festivities planned before Santa comes bumbling down the chimney. We're finishing out this blog series with gifts for adult sons and daughters. These gifts are perfect for the kids that are all grown up and are starting families of their own, or are just living life to the fullest! These gifts would also be great for close friends, or family that isn't related by blood. We've got a bunch of inspiration for you to choose from, so scroll to find your favorite craft category, and find your next gift to make (even if it's just for yourself).

    Sons and Daughters

    Daughters

    Beginner's Guide to Mosaic Knitting - Book #7492

    Go bright and beautiful with these colorful patterns from Beginner's Guide to Mosaic Knitting. These patterns are fun and fresh and they are perfect for an extra light and stylish layer. Paired with detailed patterns made with simple stitches, these complimentary colors really make the garment pop.

    Crochet Jewelry - Book #7250

    Jewelry is always a good go to for Christmas gifts, so why not go the extra mile for your daughter and crochet her some jewelry? You can mix the two worlds of craft and crochet with these patterns from Crochet Jewelry. This floral hair pin sown above doubles as a brooch, so your daughter could switch it up with this neutral and versatile accessory. Using simple stitch patterns and a little patience, you can create cute and quaint accessories for your daughter to look stylish in.

    Best of Quilted Bags - Book #7061

    Every daughter needs a bag, whether it's an overnight bag, a camping bag, or just a good ol' fashioned reliable purse. You can quilt the perfect bag for your daughter with these patterns from Best of Quilted Bags! This blue floral bag above is a perfect outdoor backpack that someone can go hiking with, or take to class. It will be one of a kind with your choice of fabric too, so that someone special can feel good showing off something special!

    Get Started In Macramé - Book #7217

    Hanging planters are super trendy right now, whether you're Gen Z or a Boomer (millennials were already ahead of the trend). You can craft your daughter a fun and functional planter with this pattern from Get Started In Macrame! Macrame is super easy to learn, and you can make this tiered planter in as easy as a few knots!

    Sons

    Super Scarves to Knit - Book #7103

    Super Scarves To Knit is full of giant patterned beauties to keep anyone warm and cozy. This is a perfect gift for the son who always forgets his jacket, and is constantly cold. this specific scarf above has a great mosaic texture to it, giving this casual sweater a sophisticated appeal.

    Retro Rugs - Book #6887

    Everyone loves a simple rug, and I'm sure that grown up son of yours would appreciate one of these colorful patterns from Retro Rugs! This criss cross pattern features some beautiful rich colors, but you can change it up with your own favorite hues! This rug can be customized to maximum comfort with the weight and build of the yarn.

    Stenciling Basics - Book #6614

    Simple and sophisticated looking, this stenciled state wall art from Stenciling Basics is perfect for the son who loves to travel, or just needs a little piece of home with him. You can customized it to the fullest by picking your favorite wood, changing up the colors, or even adding little markers of favorite spots like the project shown above. The possibilities are endless!

    Gifts for Families

    More Fun Socks - Book #75675

    Socks are great gifts for families. There's a pair of socks for every member of the family! Go simple and soft for socks for dad, suave and athletic for mom, and add some fun flourishes for baby! More Fun Socks offers you a lot to choose from, so explore the contents to find your favorite sets. Santa's elves definitely approve of these beauties.

    Afghans For The Family - Book #7137

    Afghans are another family staple needed for the holidays. What else will everyone use to feel warm and cozy while they watch Hallmark movies? These afghans from Afghans For The Family are perfect for every member of the family, from smallest too tallest. Play with stripes and colors, and easily learn the geometric patterns inside this lovely book of crochet wonders.

    Knit Hats For The Family - Book #7121

    Since we're sticking with he cozy theme here, we have some great knit hat ideas from Knit Hats For The Family. All of the patterns in this book play with texture and weights of yarn, and are adorned with cute little flourishes like flowers and pom-poms. Even the most simple patterns (like the third hat shown in the image above) have some unique flair to them with modern stripes and color palettes.

    Slippers For The Family - Book #6628

    Slippers! People can't resist slippers. They keep your feet warm and cozy, and you look stylish to boot. Slippers For The Family has a bunch of different styles you can crochet for the family, from the littlest to the biggest feet in the family! They even have a festive Christmas set so you can be a part of the Santa Squad. The patterns are super easy to make, so you should have enough time to gift these puppies for the holidays if you start now!

    Like our gift Ideas? Click here to check out the rest of our Gift Giving Guides here.

    If you've made the projects, then tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studio!

    Happy Giving and Gifting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • DIY Gifts for the Hard To Shop For People On Your Holiday List

    Hey again, makers! If you haven't gotten in the holiday season yet, then get ready! We have some great ideas for the people on your Christmas list that are hard to shop for. This could be a co-worker, extended family, that new friend you met in your book club, a neighbor, and more! These are small and quick projects that you can make multiple quantities of, so you can check off the people on your list in no time! Plus, we have some bonus ideas for that special pet, or pet lover in your life. Because we all know you can't forget about them! So scroll to find your favorite craft category, and find your next project.

    Crochet

    Mug Hugs and Coaster Sets - Book #75549

    Cup Cozies - Book #75568

    Cozies and Coasters make the best gifts. They serve as functional and fashionable presents that keep your mugs company and tabletops safe. Go simple with this pattern and add a personalized button from Cup Cozies, or go bold with these snowflake coasters from Mug Hugs and Coaster Sets. Your coworkers and book club buddies would love these little tokens as a holiday present. They work up quickly, so you can make a mass amount to have enough for everyone come Christmas time!

    Bookmarks, the most underrated gift! Everyone knows a bookworm in their life, and you know that they would love this style of crocheted bookmark. This type of corner bookmark prevents pages from getting dog eared, in the fanciest of ways! You can go with simple white, or vibrant blue, the choice is up to you with color. This pattern and all of the other ones inside Beautiful Bookmarks work up quickly, so you can also make multiples of these.

    Knit

    Stitch A Garden - Book #75677

    If you want to make some unique gifts this year, then try these felted bowls and vases from Stitch A Garden! These projects have a great texture to them, and the colors are super fun and vibrant. You can make a bowl or vase and fill it with fun stocking stuffers for a nontraditional stocking or gift basket.

    Craft

    Christmas Carol Songbook Set - Book #7309

    Get out your fruitcake pans and listen to those sleigh bells when you entertain with this Christmas Carol Songbook Set! This would be a great gift for the hostess of the house. Go caroling with confidence with this collection of beloved holiday tunes and lyrics. This set is a one stop shop for all things holiday cheer. This set comes with songbooks filled with the classics, along with recipes and a hostess guide for the ultimate festive soiree. Go caroling with confidence with this collection of beloved holiday tunes and lyrics. If you want to get someone something special, but are unsure of what they like, this gift is the perfect catch-all. who doesn't love a good Christmas carol?

    Make and Give Home Candle Making - Book #7311

    Spread warmth and joy throughout your home as well as those of all your candle-loving friends when you explore the captivating world of Home Candle Making! Stephanie gives you 12 boutique quality projects to choose from, but we think going simple is best for multiple Christmas gifts. This simple lavender candle is perfect for a little pick me up! You can even switch out the herb for rosemary, or another popular scent. Whenever someone lights their mason jar candles, they'll think of you and your thoughtful Christmas gift!

    Aromatherapy Jewelry - Book #7353

    Jewelry is always a great gift to receive during the holidays, and when you throw essential oils in, it makes it even better! Aromatherapy Jewelry gives you a ton of options to craft for your favorite people. Go for simple drop earrings or layered stackable bracelets, and pair them with the inspiring word that you associate with the person you're gifting for. It makes for an adorable little gift with a surprise message!

    Home Soap Making - Book #7310

    Baby flower soaps? We're here for it. Home Soap Making has a lot of small gift ideas that you can make mass quantities of for everyone in the office! Just pick your favorite silicone mold, and start crafting. Just place a small amount in a cute bag with a baby loofah and a bowtie and you have great trinkets to hand out during the holidays. The process is super easy to learn with photo-led instructions from Kimberley Layton.

    Home Apothecary - Book #7386

    Perfume is another fun thing to make that's always appreciated! Mix and match your favorite scents and concoct small perfumes! These are great gifts because they are small enough to be taken on-the-go. Home Apothecary is full of great herbal recipes for things like tub tea, scrubs, and even other beauty products like lip balm, but we thought that this would be the best project to make several gifts from.

    Sewing & Cross Stitch

    Hoops Hooray - Book #7251

    Use these creative ideas for embroidery hoops from Hoops Hooray as a unique approach to giving and gifting. You can use small embroidery hoops as gift tags that someone can keep forever! Even if you're giving gift cards this year, you can make a special house for them like this pattern above (left). They make great small statements, and you can make them in no time.

    50 Cross Stitch Quickies - Book #6883

    If you want to show off your stitching skills this holiday season, break out the mini hoops and give out some Cross Stitch Quickies! This book has 50 adorable and small practice patterns that you can create for someone special! You can deck out your Christmas cards, or elevate the traditional ornament with fun designs like these animal designs! These projects specifically would be great for that special pet lover in your life.

    For Pets and Pet Lovers!

    Loops and Twists - Book #75702

    If you want to learn knitting, and don't know where to start, loop knitting is a great entryway into the yarn craft! Loops and Twists is full of great knit patterns that don't use needles, so it makes for an easier and quicker knit experience. There is this simple black cat bed (above) that is perfect for a first time knitter, that would make a wonderful gift for your furry little friend!

    Knits For Pets - Book #75622

    I mean, this picture above from Knits For Pets is really speaking for itself. What cat wouldn't want a dream cat house like this shark head? You could make this house as bulky and fluffy as you want depending on your weight of yarn. With simple knits and purls, you can make this new bungalow for your little furry friend just in time for Christmas.

    Jelly Roll Rugs -Book #7569

    Jelly Roll Rugs - Book #7569

    Jelly Roll Rugs and More is full of great patterns, especially for pet lovers! this Pet rug and Pet bed really take the cake on creativity with quilting. You can mix and match with colors and patterns, but we really like the pet friend prints used on these fabrics. Jelly Roll is a relatively easy technique that works up quickly, so you have enough time now to make that special pet accessory before Christmas!

    My Pet Crafts - Book #6862

    These dog magnets are perfect small gifts that can be placed just about anywhere! With different breeds to choose from and loads of creativity, you can make the cute little dog magnets from My Pet Crafts for everyone on your list! It's as simple as using some hot glue and having some patience.

    Like our gift Ideas? Click here to check out the rest of our Gift Giving Guides here.

    If you've made the projects, then tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studio!

    Happy Giving and Gifting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • DIY Gifts For Brothers, Sisters, Aunts, and Uncles!

    Hey there, Makers! We've got more gift inspiration coming your way, and this time, we're thinking about the other members of the family. We're talking brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and the good friends that fall in the scope of the family circle. These people want fun and meaningful gifts for the holidays, something small but significant. We've got a wide selection of inspiration for you guys to choose from, so find your favorite craft category, and pick your next gift to start working on.

    Sisters & Aunts

    The Big Book of Crochet Accessories - Book #7578

    The Big Book of Crochet Accessories is full of patterns for hats, scarves, bags, socks, mitts, and even jewelry (pictured above) that would all make perfect holiday gifts. This is a collection of our favorite patterns that are super easy to follow. They work up so fast, you can probably even make something for yourself, too. We love how simple and sophisticated this earring looks with its geometric design and simple stitch pattern. It mixes crochet and craft to make the perfect holiday gift!

    Pretty Little Plant Hanger - Book #75598

    Go green this holiday season by making your sister or aunt a Pretty Little Plant Hanger! These small and easy crochet projects are perfect for first time crocheters, using bright colors and lacy textures to hold delicate plants like ferns and succulents. You can even hold fake plants in them, if you're gifting it to someone who couldn't garden if their life depended on it.

    Shrugs and Boleros - Book #7226

    If you want to crochet something a little bigger, go for the classic patterns from Shrugs and Boleros like this multicolored bolero! We just love the wintry colors in this design, and you can make it as cozy as you want just by changing the weight of yarn you use. Make any of these patterns as a special holiday surprise, and you're sure to bring smiles and holiday cheer.

    More Dishcloth Dresses - Book #75615

    Adding a little flair to someone's kitchen decor is a quirky gift for the holidays, and these patterns from More Dishcloth Dresses are just downright adorable! We've got all kinds of dress styles for you to pick from inside the book, and you can go as bright or bold as you want to with color. These little patterns make trivial chores like dishes fun, and they make great holiday gifts.

    Casual Weekend Knits - Book #7373

    Casual wear never goes out of style, so of course we have to add in some neutral patterns from Casual Weekend Knits, like this hat and glove set. These patterns work up super fast, so they're beginner friendly for even first time knitters! Make this pattern, or one of the several other patterns in this book, like shirts, scarves clutches, and more!

    Quick and Simple Sewing Bags - Book #7231

    Sometimes it's best to go subtle and simple for a holiday git. this dip dye tote from Quick & Simple Sewing Bags would be perfect for the aunt who's hard to shop for. The simple tote makes the accessory super versatile, so it goes with any outfit! And you can make the dip dye shade any color, or even multiple colors, the choice is yours! It makes for an easy and heartfelt customized gift.

    Textured Pillows - Book #7450

    When in doubt, go with home decor! These projects from Textured Pillows are perfect for the aunt or sister who has endless pillows on their bed (you know who you are). You can create the bold and modern designs with easy techniques like painting, hot glue, and simple stitching. the outcome is a beautiful one of a kind pillow that makes a colorful accent, and crafty holiday gift.

    Brother's & Uncles

    Simply Scarfie - Book #75586

    Go simple with scarves for your brother or uncle this holiday season. Simply Scarfie is self explanatory. You have great crochet patterns to create using simple stitches and a little patience. In the end, you have a cozy little accessory that will keep them warm during those chilly afternoon strolls.

    Woodland Wildlife in Filet Crochet - Book #6917

    Guys love throw pillows, too! Woodland Wildlife in Filet Crochet is perfect for the rustic home, and the patterns feature adorable animals like owls and foxes! These simple black and white patterns would be perfect little addition to a comfy recliner.

    Knit Socks For Those You Love - Book 7369

    You can never go wrong with socks as a gift. Knit Socks For Those You Love has some great men's knit sock patterns that feature geometric stitch patterns and fun cabled textures. You can go bold or subtle with the color, the choice is up to you! All you have to do is start with our easy to follow patterns and use your imagination.

    DIY Mason Jar Crafts - Book #6586

    A perfect go-to gift for your brother or uncle is food! These recipe in a jar ideas from DIY Mason Jar Crafts are simple ways to show how much you care. Put the ingredients of a favorite family recipe inside, or maybe their favorite kind of cookie. After they've made the recipe inside, they have a nice jar to keep! You can even refill the jar with another recipe if they get hungry again.

    Just Gift It! - Book #7583

    If you want some quirky gifts for the uncle or brother that has a lot of hobbies, then these plastic canvas hobby coasters from Just Gift it! are perfect. You can make a set of one individual pattern, or make a bunch of different kinds for a mismatched eclectic set! The yarn over the plastic canvas gives the coasters a unique texture, and they work up super fast, so you can have a fun set ready by Christmas!

    Antique Game Board Set - Book #6492

    Game board sets would be perfect for a brother or uncle that could spend all day playing chess. You can cross stitch this pattern for a unique and antique looking checker or chess board with some patriotic flair. Antique Game Board Set gives you the best of both worlds with a vintage board design that gives a modern take on the classic chess board. It even comes with four coasters for a complete and crafty set!

    Like our gift Ideas? Click here to check out the rest of our Gift Giving Guides here.

    If you've made the projects, then tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studio!

    Happy Giving and Gifting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

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