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  • Live Your Best #Yarnist Life

    Do you or a loved one have a serious addiction to all things yarn? Do you buy more yarn than you need, knit more than you can gift, or crochet with all your spare time? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be a yarnist! Being a yarnist, yarn artist, is not something to be ashamed about, but rather something to embrace and even expand. Yarn isn’t just for knitting and crochet anymore, check out what else you can do with it.

    Yarn: 

    Yarn can be used for so many crafts, life hacks, and home décor projects. Just like these rainbow vases, you can use yarn to create endless possibilities for common home décor items. It’s the perfect accent for your home and creativity! 

    Macrame: 

    Yarn is associated with popular crafts like knit and crochet, but you don’t have to limit yourself! You can create hybrid craft projects by using yarn in place of other materials. Macrame, for example, typically uses craft cord, but it’s nothing that a bulky yarn can’t replace! Update this retro craft with a new, soft spin. 

    Knit: 

    If you’re a classic yarnist or want to dip your toe into the yarnist life, try knitting! With just your needles and hands, you’ll walk 2-by-2 into home décor updates, wardrobe refreshes, and gift giving triumphs. If you’re an absolute beginner, try a book like 1-2-3 Knit. Knitting can be as easy as it sounds. 

    Crochet: 

    Another one for the traditionalists, crocheting is as fun as it is fulfilling. You can do whatever you want with it. Do you need a new rug? Crochet it. Have you been searching for the perfect sweater? Crochet it! Does your home need a bit of revitalization? Nothing a crochet afghan can’t fix. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned yarnist, Afghans For All Seasons is perfect for living your best yarn life. 


    There are endless ways of becoming a yarnist. So, what are you waiting for? Buy a skein, or five, and show the world your best yarnist self. Don’t forget to tag us @leisureartsinc and #leisurearts so we can see what’s happening in your crafty corner! 

    Happy yarning! 

    -Leisure Arts Team  

  • National Craft Month: Taking Your Crafts Up A Notch

    With National Craft Month well under way, it's time to start thinking about how you can grow your skills and expand your craft. Whether you're a diamond dotter, knitter, quilter, or something else entirely, this is the perfect time to experiment and see just how good you are. Test yourself, you may find yourself surprised by how advanced you've become!

    Doily Overload

    Combine the elegance of tradition with the styles of today. Doilies are a fun and unexpected way to update your home with a retro flair. While doilies may be easy to crochet, adding texture and advanced stitch techniques ups the anti. Try using threads and thinner yarns for even more added difficulty. Doilies Updated will help you understand the different methods involved in doily making while giving you tips and tricks for styling and using your finished projects.

    Bloom and Grow Your Knitting Skills

    Whether you are a beginner looking to up your knitting skills or an advanced knitter hoping to switch things up a bit, these designs are perfect. Give your home and closet a fresh new update to go with National Craft Month by knitting a new purse, pillow, or scarf set. Knitted items also make great gifts for birthdays, showers, and all other occasions! Start to Expand Your Knitting Skills and see just how far you can take them.

    Dazzle Yourself

    Enjoy the relaxing repetition of Diamond Dotz with a Diamond Art canvas. Take a trip to the mountains and float on a peaceful lake with this exquisite project. Turn it into a framed art piece or stitch it onto an accessory for a dazzling patch that will make heads turn. Advanced Diamond Art kits are perfect for quiet weekends and recharged evenings.

    You, Too, Can Be An All-Star

    Quilt for the stars! You don't need more pre-cut projects and paper pieced quilts, you've got All Star Quilts. Several well known quilters have come together to create quilt blocks designed to take your skills up a notch. By the end, you'll have a beautiful new quilt to hang, gift, or wrap up in. Discover your own awesome abilities!

    Florals For Spring

    Take a stroll through the gardens of your cross stitch dreams. Shade the petals and curve the leaves with beautiful colors blooming throughout. Pillows From Paula's Garden will have you growing your skills and expanding your home decor with gorgeous designs. Guests will be asking where they can get one of their own.


    National Craft Month is a great reason to challenge yourself and your creativity. Try a new pattern or pick up a new craft, the challenge is half the fun. No matter what you do, don't forget to tag us with @leisureartsinc and #leisurearts so we can see what's happening in your crafty corner.

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • March is National Craft Month!

    It's one of our favorite times of the year: National Craft Month! We'll use any excuse to craft but this month we consider it mandatory. Whether you have just a few minutes or days at your disposal, 'tis the season to get creating! All month we'll be showing you some of our favorite projects and products, you're sure to fall in love with one. Let's take a look at some of our classic favorites.

    Diamond Art Freestyle

    Book #7685

    Diamond Art is one of our favorite modern crafts. There's so many things to dot and so little time! Although it's not for everyone, Freestyle is a great way to explore the craft, test your skills, and use up extra Dotz from your finished canvases. If you need a little direction, a book like Diamond Dotting Paper Crafting is the guide for you. With patterns for everything from desk accessories to cards, you'll find your way to Freestyle heaven!

    Crochet

    Book #7720

    Not only is it National Craft Month, it's also the start of spring! Welcome the sunshine and flowers with some crocheted afghans. You'll keep warm during those crisp mornings but feel warm with pride while holding your handmade blanket. Spring Afghans is full of afghans that are perfect for springtime preparation.

    Loom Knitting

    Product #56991

    Whether you want to get into a new craft or you just love looms, this is the bundle for you! Designed specifically for beginners, you don't have to worry about picking anything out or making sure you have everything, it's all here. You'll be covered from top to toe in loom knitted goodies and you'll have enough projects to keep you busy until next National Craft Month!

    Cross Stitch

    Kit #51104

    It's not always about the big, time consuming projects. Sometimes it's the little things that mean the most. This mini maker is perfect for new stitchers, time crunched stitchers, and everyone in between. With step-by-step instructions and diagrams included, you'll have everything you need for your new kitchen wall accent or to give to an avo-obsessed friend.

    Quilting

    Book #7645

    The magic of National Craft Month is undeniable. It's a whole month that's just for crafting! And what better way to celebrate than with a quilting project. Learn something new while spending time with the old in this book, It's Quilt Magic. You'll learn all the tips and tricks to working with triangles while refining and expanding your existing skills.


    This National Craft Month, our team reflected back to last March and all the making we've done since then. While there may be more indoor days in our future, that doesn't mean we can't fill them with exciting crafts and new creations. These projects and more are how we maintain balance and purpose in our lives during hard times. Finding the light in the dark is an essential part of survival, and what a light this month can be! As always, don't forget to tag us in your social media creations with @leisureartsinc and #leisurearts so we can see what's happening in your craft corner.

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Stash Busting Projects

    Do you have a stash of fabrics, yarns, Diamond Dotz, or thread? Bust that stash! Make room for more as you make something new with these gorgeous projects. There's something for every style and every stash.

    Diamond Dotz

    We're always looking for new surfaces to dot. One of the best ways is when the light can shine right through! Dotting surfaces like vases is a great way to take an ordinary object and make it extraordinary. And there's more where that came from in Glass Sparkle. Nine downloadable projects to make with glass objects around the house will be the perfect way to add a little bit of sparkle to your decor with extra dotz from canvases.

    Crochet

    We all know what happens at the end of a yarn project; you use part of a skein and then you don't have enough for a new project but too much to just throw away. Maybe you just couldn't resist that new color. Too much yarn is the best problem to have! Especially with books like Use Up That Yarn From Your Stash. From coasters to coffee cozies, you'll find something small for all that extra yarn in your basket.

    Sewing

    Whether you need to get rid of some extra fabric or you have old t-shirts to repurpose, masks are a great stash buster! Since they use so little fabric but are a new necessity, it's the best of both fun and function. Breathe Easy is full of different ways to make masks and caps for both COVID era and everyday use. Check out Breathe Easy II for even more design ideas and inspiration on how to use those scraps and stashed fabrics.

    Knitting

    Using up your yarn stash can be as easy as 1-2-3. Simply pick your project, make your project, and you're done! Cowls, tunics, blankets, and more await you with books like Easy As 1-2-3 Skeins. Each project is designed to help you make the most of your stash, no matter how big or small it may be.

    Quilting

    Quilting doesn't always have to be blankets, afghans, and throws. The same stability in a regular quilt can also be applied to smaller projects that work with the size of your stash. Quilted Purses & Totes has everything from wallets to totes to lunch bags, all in a physical or downloadable book. Try one today, it'll tote-ally fit into your closet!


    Having a stash of supplies can always be a good thing for just-in-case scenarios. But when that stash gets too big, a simple project like one of the above is just what you need to bust that stash... and make room for more!

    Don't forget to tag @leisureartsinc and use #leisurearts so we can see what you create! We love to see what's going on in your craft corner.

    Happy stash busting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Color Match: Illuminating & Ultimate Gray! Light Meets Dark With Pantone's Colors Of The Year For 2021

    With so many things being taken away last year, Pantone has double dealt the trends this year! They announced their 2021 color of the year was actually two colors: Illuminating and Ultimate Gray. They call the combination, "A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting... practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic." These colors replace Classic Blue from 2020, but are still just as easily incorporated into your life.

    Illuminate Your Life With The Ultimate Craft

    Diamond Dotz® prove time and time again to be the perfect craft for all situations. This intermediate White Horse kit will be the hero of your home. The printed background showcases the hopeful yellow white the shadows and mane of the dotted horse give way to that Ultimate Gray we're going to see popping up all over. Whether you want to add a touch of the ranch style to your home or you have a horse-obsessed child, this trend-matched craft will be fun as a gift or a finished piece.

    Lucky You! Clover Stitches Make The Perfect Weekend Project

    We've still got a few months of chill left before the sun illuminates our lives and wardrobes. Lean into the chill with an easy knitting project. It doesn't matter if you've never knitted before or if you only have a few hours per day to devote, this Clover Cowl kit is perfect for every one on every schedule. The gray is a perfect Ultimate Gray match. With a cowl this cool, you'll be wishing summer were a little chillier.

    Gnome Sweet Gnome: A Tale of Two Trends

    Whether you're an avid gardener or a loyal trend-follower, you're sure to love gnomes. Now there's a perfect kit for everyone! These gnome kits are begging for your personal touch with paint, Diamond Dotz®, inks, and anything else you can dream of. Above is the girl holiday kit, with five holiday sets to cover your year with cheer. From St. Patrick's Day to Christmas, you can have the ultimate combination of trendy colors and crafts. Illuminate is a perfect accent color for Easter, Halloween, or Christmas, and Ultimate Gray is a great base color for the whole year. Post your progress on our Facebook Page and see how your "gnomies" do theirs!

    This Color Boom Will Make Your Crafts Bloom

    What better way to combine tradition with trends! Cross Stitching is one of the most traditional crafts in the industry. Try taking something like cross stitching and using trend-based colors to update it. Above is #6281 Seasonal Wordplay, a series of patterns for all four seasons using words and phrases in seasonal colors and fun fonts to create an image. The spring pattern is perfect for use with Illuminating. You could even change up the colors to match Pantone's choices every year!

    Illuminate Your Embellishments On The Ultimate 2021 Accessory

    Masks are a big part of our lives for the foreseeable future, but that doesn't mean they have to be boring. #7741 Breath Easy 2 is full of ways to jazz up your masks with vinyl, stitchery, appliques, and more. The best part about it is that it's completely customizable. You can take Ultimate Gray and Illuminating and make them into the perfect mask for you! Everyone around you will be jealous of how trendy and cute you look in your custom mask.

    Ultimate Gray and Illuminating were chosen as a way to bring balance to an uncertain time. Light and dark, pragmatism and optimism. These colors balance each other in every application. We hope these projects inspire you to get making with these colors. If you've made any of these projects, then tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts. We'd love to see what's going on in your craft corner!

    Happy Crafting

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Holiday Gift Guide: Must-Have Accessories

    Family and friends on your holiday list will love and cherish gifts created with your personal touch! These must-have accessories come with your added personal touch, and will be cherished for years to come.

    Handy Handbags

    Drew Emborsky, aka The Crochet Dude, lays out step-by-step instructions to make crocheting the six beautiful handbags found in Must Have Handbags. All projects are rated easy, so grab those needles and crochet a purse or two for loved ones on your list!

    Must Have Handbags #75733

    Great Last-Minute Gifts

    With more than 40 stylish hats, gloves, scarves, & more, you'll have lots of last-minute gifts to create! The Big Book Of Crochet Accessories has projects to warm and/or fancy up every part of your body, or that of a loved one! Learn new techniques and put old ones to new, exciting uses with easy-to-follow instructions.

    Big Book Of Crochet Accessories #7578

    Make Your First Shawl

    Create your first stylish knit shawl with "Make Your First" Boomerang Shawls. Marly Bird guides you through every step to create 10 beautiful shawls, perfect for those on your holiday list! Choose from garter stitch, stockinette stitch, seed stitch and simply lace patterns and let the yarn do most of the work with self-striping or variegated.

    Boomerang Shawls #7553

    Warm Their Necks & Hearts

    Can you ever really have enough scarves? Each design in Beat the Chill is more fabulous than the last, and each is destined to warm your neck or that of a loved one! We’re sure of it. So grab some fancy fabric and coordinating thread and sew all nine of these beautiful designs!

    Beat the Chill #7570

    New Generation Latch Hook

    Latch Hook might not be the first craft that comes to mind when you think of colorful, contemporary, and cutting edge. But it offers modern creators endless possibilities combining contemporary designs with this classic craft to create this collection for a new generation.

    (bags or denim jacket accent) Latch Hook: 12 Projects for the Modern Maker #LEA7675

    Bend & Wrap Your Next Masterpiece

    If you’ve been searching for a fun, fabulous, and affordable way to express yourself, then allow us to introduce you to Wire Crafts! With just a pair of pliers and a little craft wire, you’ll be amazed at what you can create! Brought to you by wire artist Alice Nieh, you’ll be bending, wrapping, and twisting that wire into sculptures and fancy lettering in no time.

    Wire Crafts - 18 Wire Wrapping Projects to Bend, Wrap and Twist #7638

    All of these projects are sure to make whoever receives them happy, and they are sure to cherish them for years!

    What are you working on for the Holidays? Share pics with us on your social channels by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts. We love to see what's going on in your studio!

    Accessoriely yours,

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

    Family and friends on your holiday list will love and cherish gifts created with your personal touch! The items we're featuring today will make great stocking stuffers.

    Holiday Gift Guide

    Toasty Hands, Happy Heart

    These 10 easy-to-stitch hand warmers are functional, fashionable, fast, and will stuff perfectly into a stocking! Toasty Hand Warmers is a "Make Your First" book with progressive learning techniques for true beginners. You'll be amazed at how many hand warmers you will want to crochet.

    Toasty Hand Warmers - Progressive Learning techniques for a "Make Your First" Experience #7541

    Hand-Knitted Cozy Perfection

    Nothing says cozy perfection quite like a hand-knitted garment, and this Best of Knit Accessories collection says it loudest and proudest with more than 40 fabulous projects! From fingerless mitts and lightweight shawls to the warmest scarves, hats, and cowls, you’ll uncover a project for everyone on your list!

    Modern Tye-Dyeing

    Take tie-dye techniques to the next level with Shibori, Ice & Dip Dyeing. You’ll be dyeing your favorite home accents & accessories like this keyring and necklace below! Just imagine the looks on their faces when they find this in their stocking and realize YOU created it just for them!

    Key Ring & Necklace; Shibori, Ice & Dip Dyeing - 12 How-To Fashion and Home Tie-Dye Projects #7526

    Versatile, Wondrous Resin Creations

    The beautiful coasters found in Resin Creation make great stocking stuffers! Resin is a versatile, wondrous material that can be used in a variety of creative endeavors. So many possibilities! And DIY enthusiast Lily Ardor helps you explore said possibilities and teach you all the ins and outs.

    Resin Creation - 12 Step-by-Step Projects Plus Tips and Techniques for Resin Pouring #7648

    Make Or Gift: You Decide

    With this Mini Maker Bracelet Loom, weave your own bracelets to stuff all the stockings, or give the loom as a gift for your budding weavers! Either way, it's sure to bring a smile to their faces on Christmas day!

    Mini Maker Bracelet Loom - Includes Loom, Comb, Tool, & Instructions #50974

    Try one or all of these quick stocking stuffer projects! Quick and easy for you, and all of them are sure to please!

    What are you working on for the Holidays? Share pics with us on your social channels by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts. We love to see what's going on in your studio!

    Stuffingly yours,

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Holiday Gift Guide: Practical Gifts

    Family and friends on your holiday list will love and cherish gifts created with your personal touch! The practical gifts we're featuring today will not only add style, but will be useful to whoever receives them! With your added personal touch, every time they are used they will think of you!

    Clean & Organize

    Not only is the Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners THE most fabulous and functional place to begin your crochet adventure, it will take care of at least a few people on your list! Before you know it, you’ll be using or gifting one (or all 20!).

    Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    Sew Simple

    Simple to Sew Aprons Sew your way to sooo much functional cuteness with these Simple to Sew Aprons. Thirteen quick and adorable projects await you several cooks on your list!

    Simple to Sew Aprons - 13 Sassy, Sweet & Functional Aprons in a Flash #7609

    Beautiful functionality

    The 11 home décor projects Quick & Simple Sewing Home are as useful as they are beautiful.

    Quick & Simple Sewing Home #7232

    Best of Quilted Bags has a great assortment of shapes and sizes, with pattern options to reflect many fashion preferences. Large or small, you're sure to find at least a few bags perfect for your friends or loved ones!

    Best of Quilted Bags #7061

    Add some sparkle to your organization! With Diamond Art freestyle, you can add a personal touch to everyday items that are great for organization and home décor.

    Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Sparkle Storage Book #7691

    Handmade Soaps, Sanitizers, and Cleaners #LEA7806

    Handmade Soaps, Sanitizers, and Cleaners #LEA7806

    The wild at heart will love these chic desk sets in three exotic patterns: leopard, zebra, and giraffe. Each set Wild for Style includes a tissue box cover, a holder for sticky notes, a desk top caddy, and desktop calendar corners. Also, a coaster set and journal cover show a collage of all three prints! How striking!

    Wild for Style - Plastic Canvas Desk Sets and Accessories for Your Home #7750

    All of these projects are sure to make whoever receives them happy, organized and clean! They are sure to cherish them for years!

    What are you working on for the Holidays? Share pics with us on your social channels by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts. We love to see what's going on in your studio!

    Practically yours,

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Holiday Gift Guide: Cozy Gifts

    Family and friends on your holiday list will love and cherish gifts created with your personal touch! Fashion forward clothing and jewelry, with your added personal touch, will be worn and loved for years to come.

    Wrap Your Loved Ones in Afghan Warmth

    We want nothing more than the most relaxing, Restful Afghans for you and your loved ones. So cozy into your favorite spot on the couch, and crochet your favorite design or designs. Most afghans are rated easy for almost any crafter to accomplish, so you’ll be snoozing in no time!

    Restful Afghans - 8 All Time Favorite Afghan Patterns to Cozy Into . #LEA7721

    Become A Cable Master

    Crochet your way to cable mastery, and make some fabulous knit-like hats in the process, with Alaskan Hats Using Slip Stitch! You’ll find seven slip-stitch hats from easy working your way to complex, guided through each project withe easy-to-follow instructions. You’ll be slip stitching those bobbles, cables, braids, and ridges in no time!

    Alaskan Hats Using Slip Stitch - Step by StepTechnique to Make Cables Look and Feel Like Knit #7549

    Wrap Up Their Wardrobe

    Choose from a collection of 10 all-time favorite sweaters, pullovers and cardigans for those on your holiday list. Sweater Weather presents all-time favorite sweaters, pullovers and cardigans with a variety of stitch patterns to expand your skills and create comfy, trendy and functional designs.

    Sweater Weather - 10 Cute and Comfy Designs to Keep You Warm #LEA7716

    Warm Hands, Warm Hearts

    Our Fingerless Mitts Knitting Project Kit has everything you need to create warm and comfortable fingerless mittens in just one weekend. Not only will the completed mittens make great holiday gifts, the kit itself would be a great gift for any knitters or aspiring knitters on your list!

    Fingerless Mitts Knitting Project Kit #50964

    A Baby Life Well Lived

    We’ve seen tons of baby quilts over the years, but few have captured our hearts the way this Baby Life Quilt has! Perhaps it’s the modern palette, or maybe the mixture of fun patterns with solids. But most likely it’s the colorful words of wisdom for a baby life well lived.

    Baby Life Quilt - Easy Applique Pattern Pack #37553

    All of these projects are sure to make whoever receives them happy, and they are sure to cherish them for years!

    What are you working on for the Holidays? Share pics with us on your social channels by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts. We love to see what's going on in your studio!

    Cozily yours,

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Holiday Gift Guide: Fashion Forward Gifts

    Family and friends on your holiday list will love and cherish gifts created with your personal touch! Fashion forward clothing and jewelry, with your added personal touch, will be worn and loved for years to come.

    Cool Crochet

    ALL the coolest babies & toddlers will be sporting crocheted cuteness from Lil' Hipsters! Thanks to designer Kristi Simpson and her love for yarn, style and all things baby, your little person can be totally hip too. 

    Lil' Hipsters - 16 Fashion Favorites to Keep Your Baby Looking Stylish #7643

    Cozy

    Inspired By Iceland’s Beauty, Northern Lights Crochet has 10 great gift ideas for the fashion-forward people in your life! Wrap your loved ones in Icelandic-inspired warmth and cozy greatness. 

    Northern Lights Crochet - 10 Projects Inspired by Iceland's Beauty #75707

    Warm

    More Icelandic beauty just for knitters! Northern Lights Knits, also inspired by the beauty of Iceland, would make anyone on your your holiday gifts lists happy. Wrap them from head to toe in stylish coziness.

    Northern Lights Knits - 8 Icelandic Inspired Projects #75708

    Style

    The collection in Back in Style includes great sweaters, stylish vest, ponchos, purses, and more. With more than 30 projects, you'll find several perfect for the women on your holiday gift list.

    Back in Style - 30 Made Modern Sweaters, Vests, Bags, Ponchos & More #7581

    Handsome

    Give the men in your life the gift of hand-knitted warmth with Everyday Men's Knits! Seventeen perfectly manly projects are guaranteed not to disappoint!

    Everydays Men's Knits - 17 Textured Pieces Add Warmth to His Closet #7491

    Accessorize

    If you're intrigued by resin projects and have jewelry lovers on your list, look no further than Resin Creation. Resin is a versatile, wondrous material that can be used in a variety of creative endeavors, including beautiful jewelry!

    Resin Creation - 12 Step-by-Step Projects Plus Tips and Techniques for Resin Pouring #7648

    Amazing

    Fall in love with woodburning, and create amazing gifts at the same time! With Modern Woodburning Book 2, you’ll soon be putting your own personal touch on every wooden block or cutting board or piece of leather you can get your hands on!

    Modern Woodburning Book 2 - 10 Mixed Media Pyrography Projects #7655

    All of these projects are sure to make whoever receives them happy, and they are sure to cherish them for years!

    What are you working on for the Holidays? Share pics with us on your social channels by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts. We love to see what's going on in your studio!

    Stylishly yours,

    -Leisure Arts Team

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