Just in case you missed it, here’s all the new news that went out in the February 15 Issue of the Leisure Arts Newsletter:
GET ENERGIZED WITH URBAN EDGE CROCHET!
Early in his design career, Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby says, “I had this wonderful realization that, as a designer of hand-stitched garments, I was able to create my own unique fabrics that specifically complimented my original designs. This lightning bolt of revelation has guided me to be fearless when it comes to creating designs and has given me a unique perspective as a crochet designer.” His new Urban Edge fashion book shares some of these design possibilities, including the vibrant green Bangkok Jacket on the front cover. It features a striking Spike-Wedge stitch pattern that enhances the jacket’s asymmetrical lines.
“In the end, I have worked to create a book that includes exciting and versatile designs that are interesting to make and important instructional materials that help you enjoy the process of stitching those designs for yourself,” Shannon says. “I mean c’mon, what is the point of making a garment that doesn’t energize you?” True to his “fearless” style, Shannon encourages stitchers to step up to a challenge. “Even if a pattern is listed at a skill level above your current knowledge, work on the swatch as a way to learn the skills necessary to create the garments. You soon will have the experience needed to make that garment you want.” Urban Edge is Shannon’s newest project book from Leisure Arts; scroll down for more photos and information. Earlier books include And That’s a Wrap! and Heady Affairs, featuring movie-star fabulous wraps and a collection of cool hats.
Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but heart designs are always hot! Any time is the right time to make this month’s 3-D Heart Ornaments Free Project. Whether for a gift or for yourself, this simple design from In Love With Paper Crafts is fast and easy to create using pretty scrapbooking papers and a few buttons and beads.
We’re still buzzing about the award that Leisure Arts brought home from the Craft and Hobby Association 2012 winter trade show! Our original Knook Beginner Set received an Honorable Mention while being featured in the CHA’s Innovations Product Showcase. To learn more about this unique crochet hook that makes it possible to create true knitted fabric without traditional knitting needles, visit our How to Knook page for free videos and patterns. And keep checking back because our new Knook Expanded Beginner Set with more hook sizes and other accessories will be available soon! Our Everyday Life at Leisure blog will bring you the latest news.
Editor’s Corner: URBAN EDGE CROCHET
As the designer himself likes to say, WOOHOO!! Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s Urban Edge is filled with fabulous fashions such as the trio shown here: A dramatic red Los Angeles coat with ribbon-woven sleeves, a vibrant green Bangkok jacket in a fascinating textured fabric, and a rosy St. Tropez top with relaxed butterfly sleeves. “The visual excitement of the urban lifestyle, the stunning architecture of the city and the versatility and adaptability of the people gave me the inspiration for the designs on these pages and I am beyond thrilled that you will be stitching these patterns for yourself,” Shannon says. To see each design and read Shannon’s inspiration behind it, take our two-part photo tour.
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In the Spotlight: PLASTIC CANVAS KISSES & MORE
Squeeze their cheeks and these cute characters will open up to deliver a bite of chocolate or some other little treat! There’s always fun in store when plastic canvas needlepoint designs are involved. Plastic Canvas Kisses is one of seven books this month celebrating designs from our best-selling archives. Others present lots of adorable designs for baby’s room, tissue box covers, coasters, birds, and Christmas decorations.
Plastic Canvas Kisses (#5830)
These playful pals are called kisses because their mouths can hold one small piece of candy, which makes each little animal (and clown and Santa) as sweet as a kiss! Make them for magnets, gift toppers, party favors, stocking stuffers--or just for fun!
Friends for Baby in Plastic Canvas (#5831)
From Small Fry Frames to a tissue box cover that plays "Peek-a-Boo," here is a cute collection of gifts, shower favors, and nursery decorations to delight Baby and Mom.
Big Beak Birds in Plastic Canvas (#5853)
No matter what the weather, these birds will hang around all year long! Perch them on tiny tree limbs, glue them atop wooden skewers or dowels to make plant pokes, or suspend them in the air with clear nylon line.
Big Book of Coasters (#5855)
These eye-catching coasters will keep you in stitches! From whimsical to elegant, the 43 designs in our 13 terrific plastic canvas coaster sets are so quick and easy to make that you can craft a set for every room--even the patio.
Top-Notch Tissue Box Covers (#5828)Create colorful pinwheels, bright bargello, 1940s flamingos--14 fanciful designs in all! They’re great for gifts or to use in your own home-sweet-home!
A Year of Tissue Box Covers (#5846)
February hearts, March shamrocks, May roses, and October jack-o’-lanterns are among the choices of tissue box covers to welcome each new month as the year rolls along.
Christmas Characters in Plastic Canvas (#5829)
Make a Santa or reindeer tissue box cover. Fashion some very cute ornaments for the tree, or create a panel of Christmas personalities with one of the two character lineups. What a fun way to add more joy to the season!
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