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  • Downloadable Halloween Patterns

    I love downloadable patterns. It’s so great to find a pattern I like and be able to get my hands on it immediately! To get ready for Halloween, I’ve been cruising the Leisure Arts website for spooky downloads. There’s something for just about everybody! Check them out—

    Cross Stitch:

    I want pumpkins on my sweatshirt! There’s still time to stitch up these Happy Halloween Cross Stitch patterns!

    Adapted from a vintage postcard, this hauntingly humorous Hair-Raising Halloween cross stitch piece will add a fun touch to your Halloween decorating scheme.

    A sweet reminder of an All Hallow's Eve from yesteryear, this Halloween Clown cross stitch pattern features a masked little boy at his decorated desk patiently waiting to bob for apples with schoolmates.


    Cutest bear ever! It’s a Halloween Bear to crochet!

    This spooky Spiderweb Doily at Halloween could do double duty as a regular doily year ’round!


    Whether perched among the stars on a cardigan or sashaying across a sweatshirt, these Halloween Wear Applique black cats will definitely put you in the “spirit” of things.

    All you need is cotton dish towels and scraps of fabric to sew up these fun Halloween Towels, featuring machine- or hand-applique.

    Plastic Canvas:

    Love the black cat from the plastic canvas Halloween Treats downloadable patterns!

    Gotta like the plastic canvas Halloween Hobgoblins!

    Check out this adorable plastic canvas ghost made from the Halloween Haunts downloadable patterns!

    If you’re a procrastinating crafter like me, downloadable patterns could very well be a last-minute crafty lifesaver!

  • Christmas in July–Plastic Canvas

    Hey Plastic Canvas People! I know your still out there. I can see the signs of your searches on, so I’m certainly not going to leave you out of our Christmas in July festivities…

    I’ve got a soft spot for the folks that stitch plastic canvas. It’s the first needlecraft I really learned how to do as a kid (well, the first after my mother tried to teach me crewel embroidery, one grandma tried to teach me to crochet, and the other tried to teach me to quilt—all unsuccessfully). And it’s the first category I worked on when I got a job here at Leisure Arts as a writer. Eventually I became managing editor of the Plastic Canvas Department. So, yes, still a soft spot…

    And I know from experience that you Plastic Canvas people like your Christmas projects (they make great little gifts, home décor, and fundraiser projects), so I thought I’d share some of my favorite classic Leisure Arts Plastic Canvas publications with you (I’m pretty sure I worked on all but maybe one of them):

    Christmas Magnets in Plastic Canvas by Dick Martin—These 16 gold metallic braid-embellished magnets include Angel Mouse, Dove, Dog, Angel, Snowman, Bell, Bear, Santa Mouse, Cat, Train, Horn, Santa, Candle, Wagon Mouse, Mrs. Mouse, and Nutcracker.

    Candy Cane Santas in Plastic Canvas by Dick Martin—Features 14 Santa and candy cane-embellished projects, including a door hanging, tissue box cover, coaster, ornaments, and magnets.

    Santa, Bears & Bells by Janelle Giese—These fuzzy little collection of Santas, bears, and bells will be the hit of your holiday decor.

    Santa’s Special Delivery by MizFitz—It’s filled with festive designs including ornaments, gift bags, a photo frame, card holder, tree skirt, and more!

    It’s Holiday Time by Virginia & Michael Lamp—These adorable designs will take you all the way from Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day to Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!

    The Best of Dick Martin ChristmasThis big book’s got a little something for everybody from ornaments, to tissue box covers, and more!

  • It’s Flag Day!

    Hope you’re having a great Flag Day!

    Are you feeling particularly patriotic?

    Has it dawned on you that the 4th of July is coming soon?

    Have you picked a project to work on during the summer holiday season?

    Maybe I can inspire you!

    Have you been to the Leisure Arts Library? It’s the place to find instant printable digital downloadable patterns for some of our Leisure Arts designs that are no longer in print. Plus it’s also the place to go if you want a patriotic-themed pattern that you can get started working on right now!

    We got wonderfully red, white, and blue designs in crochet, cross stitch, plastic canvas, and more on! Check out some of my favorites:

    All American Crochet Afghan Pattern

    All American Plastic Canvas Tissue Box Cover Pattern

    American Bear Crochet Pattern

    American Eagle Cross Stitch Pattern

    Let Freedom Ring Cross Stitch Pattern

    Patriotic Patchwork Table Runner Craft Pattern

    Roly-Poly Uncle Sam Cross Stitch Pattern

    Uncle Sam Ivy Bowl Paint Pattern

    Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue!

  • 20 Years at Leisure!

    We had a party yesterday! We celebrated Janie’s 20th anniversary at Leisure Arts with BBQ and cake.

    Janie has worked her way around the company in those years. From pattern tester to plastic canvas production assistant, to charting plastic canvas and cross stitch, she had a hand in it. Next, she took on scrapbooking, helping out in our Design Department, and coordinating tradeshows. From there, she found a place for her skills in the Art Department. Now, she’s settled in Prepress. And she’s been a most appreciated asset in every position! (Forgive me, Janie, if I’ve left anything out!)

    Congratulations Janie! Thank you for all your hard work over the years.

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