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  • Pass On Your Love Of Knit Or Crochet

    If you're looking for a way to unplug the kids from the internet, TV, or video games, crocheting and/or knitting are sure to do the trick! Both are fun—and productive—hobbies for kids of all ages.

    Linking learning with fun is the most effective way to teach. Once your favorite child sees that this fun activity leads to creating something they can keep and cherish, or gift to someone special, their excitement will only grow. Not only that, both knitting and crocheting use real-life math and reading, and helps improve fine motor skills. There's knit a thing to lose and so much to gain!

    Getting Down To The Knitty Gritty

    Children will love the step-by-step photos and kid-friendly instructions in Cool Stuff—Teach Me to Knit. Soon they'll be hooked, proudly creating their own beautiful and useful projects. Our book includes helpful notes for you while you teach, along with tips & videos to help along the way.

    After learning the slip knot and cast on, the first easy-to-take-on project is a knit coaster (or as a simple decorative touch under vases, frames or knick knacks). A few projects later is a soft drink cozy, which can be made to match the coaster. Keep your hands warm and your table dry while drinking a cold can of your favorite 12-ounce beverage, all the while beaming with pride.

    Knit Coasters & Soft Drink Cozy, Cool Stuff Teach Me to Knit #6648

    Before you can say "To knit or not to knit, now that’s just a silly question," your special youngster will be on the way to being an awesome knitter, making this lap-sized wrap and pillow that will wow everyone!

    Ripple Lap Wrap & Pillow, Cool Stuff Teach Me to Knit #6648

    As if that weren't enough, children will learn to create their own scarf, leg warmers, mittens and hat, to stay nice and cozy through the winter. Just imagine the look of pride on their face when they are out and about wearing their own creations!

    Leg Warmers, Scarf, Hat, Mittens, Cool Stuff Teach Me to Knit #6648

    Olé, It's Time To Crochet!

    If crochet is more your style, Teach Me To Crochet gives similar tips and instructions to make any child a pro. Once they go through the basics of crochet, they'll create a chain loop daisy. Your child will be delighted to display these daisies on their backpack, notebook, hair clip, wherever they want!

    Daisy, Teach Me To Crochet #6649

    Prepare for those nights of homework, reading, or watching TV, with this colorful Round Pillow and Ripple Lap Warmer.

    Round Pillow & Ripple Lap Warmer, Teach Me To Crochet #6649

    These Ruffled Hair Scrunchy & Loopy Hair Scrunchy are off the hook! Not only will she have fun making these, she'll be pleased as punch to show them off at school or anywhere else.

    Loopy Hair Scrunchy & Ruffled Hair Scrunchie, Teach Me To Crochet #6649

    Does the child in your life have a furry best friend? If so, either of these projects is sure to be a hit!

    Cat Toy & Dog Toy, Teach Me To Crochet #6649

    Have A Teen Who Wants In On The Stitching?

    If you know a teenager just stitching to learn crochet or knit, you'll want to take a look at the Complete Knit Collection for Beginners or the Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners. Yarn enthusiast and designer Marly Bird, and occasionally her teen daughter, will guide teens (and adults) through the basics with easy-to-follow instructions and tips made for the older crowd.

    Useful, beautiful, and easy to make!

    Dishcloth, Chunky Pillow & Throw, The Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Your favorite teen will be styling on the go and ready for yoga relaxation.

    Market Bag, Yoga Mat Bag, & Capelet The Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    These coasters, washcloths and scrubbies will help any teen to clean up nicely.

    Coasters, Washcloths & Scrubbies, The Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    Before you know it, they will soon be crocheting these beautiful and stylish wardrobe additions!

    Scarf & Cocoon Shrug, The Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    With these projects under their belts, children and teens will be able to take on even more projects that will bring them (and you!) pride and joy. They won't even realize they are actually improving their math, reading and motor skills while making all the things they love. Instead of yawning and telling you how bored they are, they will spend the summer yarning and creating spectacular items. Let us help guide you and the child in your life from beginner to WOW!

    As they finish each project, be sure post photo/s on social media and tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all enjoy their progress as well!  

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Kick Things Up A Notch With This Diamond Art Soccer Bag

    By now you may have heard about Diamond Art by Leisure Arts, a calming craft that results in beautiful sparkly art! You masterpiece doesn't have to sit in a drawer or on the wall, because the possibilities are endless. You can sparkle up phone cases, throw pillows, storage boxes, or even a bag. We've got a tutorial for you on how to make a one-of-a-kind sports bag your superstar will get a real kick out of. This tutorial works with almost every design we offer, but we decided to use our Sparkle Art Soccer Ball Kit.

    Diamond Art Sparkle Art Soccer Ball Bag Project

    Soccer Bag - DIY Diamond Art

    There are many other options from our Diamond Art collection to use on this bag, so if you're not into soccer, you have plenty of others to choose from! Might we suggest baseball, football, or even a unicorn?

    Sparkle Art Powered by Diamond Dotz: Baseball #50489, Football #50490, Unicorn #50480

    SUPPLIES

    • A Diamond Art Canvas (Soccer Ball Kit)
    • Strong Adhesive Backing (fabric glue, hot glue, etc.)
    • Basic Drawstring Sports Bag (varies by type and size, but MUST have a solid surface, no fur/velvet)
    • Scissors
    • OPTIONALSewing Thread & Needle (embroidery floss, thick sewing thread, etc.)
    • OPTIONAL — Extra Accessories (pom-poms, tassels, beads, appliqués, etc.)

    Get Started On Your Sports Bag

    Soccer Ball Kit - Sparkle Art Diamond Paint by Number #50491

    Soccer Ball Kit - Sparkle Art Diamond Paint by Number #50491

    1. Dazzle Your Diamond Art Canvas

    Diamond Art doesn't have a big learning curve, it is a leisurely craft that allows you to easily put the canvas away for later. Complete it in one day, or complete it one day next week, it's up to you!

    2. Cut Out Your Dazzle Area

    After you've dazzled your way to success, carefully cut out your design, and get ready to apply to your bag.

    3. Create Your Trim (Optional)

    Our canvas frays minimally, so don't have to worry about lining or sewing your edges. But, if you would like the extra support, carefully line the edges of your cut-out canvas with embroidery floss or thread. (We did sew the edges of our design in the photo above, because we liked the look of the black border.)

    4. Craft Your Bag

    Place your design wherever you want on the bag (we put ours towards the bottom so it will always be in good view), using your adhesive of choice and a steady hand. Make sure to lay it out flat, and smooth the canvas out to get rid of those pesky air bubbles. Our adhesive keeps our beads intact with the force of a thousand dazzling suns, so don't worry about our beads falling off. (Pro Tip: If you want extra support for your design, stitch a few notches into the into the bag itself with extra thread you used for the trim.)

    6. Accessorize (Or Don't) 

    Now that your Diamond Art is placed, all that’s left are finishing touches. Make your Diamond Art Soccer Bag one of a kind by adding extra accessories such as beads or appliqués. Show the world how creative you can be with your dazzling craft. Be 'extra' to your heart’s content, and then SCORE! You have a sports bag with personality.

    It's as simple as that. This is a great and unique way to use your Diamond Art canvas to the fullest! Now that you're finished, you can fill your bag and head out to the soccer field, school, work, hiking, just about anywhere!

    If you decide to try your hand at this project, 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.

    Check out more DIY Diamond Art Projects (((need link once category shows up))) and get creative.

    Happy Dazzling!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Make Something New for May-ker Month

    It’s May-ker Month at Leisure Arts, and we have some great kits and books to inspire the maker in you. Creating things by hand not only allows you to express your creativity, it sets free even more creativity that’s hiding just beneath the surface. Read on to find just the right project — or eight — below. 

    These Roses Have No Thorns

    An English rose brings to mind delicate charm and natural beauty — this pattern is no exception. Our Mini Maker English Roses Stitch Kit has everything you need to create these beautiful flowers, including a hoop, pre-printed fabric, needle, floss, & instructions. Calming and modern, this piece will be a beautiful addition to your world. So stop, smell the flowers, & stitch the roses!

    Mini Maker English Roses Stitch Kit - 10 Pieces - Includes Hoop, Pre-Printed Fabric, Needle, Floss, and Instructions #52622

    Mini Maker English Roses Stitch Kit - 10 Pieces - Includes Hoop, Pre-Printed Fabric, Needle, Floss, and Instructions #52622  

    Don’t Make a Mountain Out of a Molehill, Make It Out of Yarn

    Punch needle embroidery can be traced way back to Ancient Greece, from decorating religious vestments to passing the time on long sea voyages making rugs. It remains popular today and fits in beautifully with our modern-day decors. Punch needle embroidery is fun for all levels, and results in a highly textured design, often described as an oil painting with yarn. Mountain Waves will be your next masterpiece, to gift or to hang on your favorite wall. 

    Mini Maker Mountain Waves Punch Needle Kit - 9 Piece Decorative Punch Needle Project #51095

    Mini Maker Mountain Waves Punch Needle Kit - 9 Piece Decorative Punch Needle Project #51095

    Iloominate Your Life

    Our Bracelet Loom makes easy work of creating fashionable and fun bracelets. The Mini Maker Bracelet Loom comes with a loom, needle, comb & instructions. Your creations will make cherished gifts for family or friends, or will also look great on your own wrist! Whatever you choose to do with your creations, you’ll be over the loom with this kit! 

    Bracelet Loom - #50974

    Everything you need to make your own face masks

    Who knew a mask could be so simple to make? Our Mask Kit has enough supplies to sew 2 washable handmade masks, with a pocket to hold removable filters. A formable wire nose piece & elastic ear loops helps the mask conform to the contours of your face. The ear tie can be knotted to fit faces of all sizes, and it's 100% cotton. Reminder: This is not an N-95 respirator and the capability for protection is unknown. Filters not included.

    Mask Kit - #52873

    Mask Kit - #52873

    Weave Your Worries Behind With Macramé

    This craft from the 70s seems to have quite comfortably weaved its way into 2020. If you’re a knitter or crocheter, macramé will appeal to you. If you’re new to crafting, learning curve macramé is small. Plus, it blends nicely in any decor. The Mini Maker Macramé Feather Wall Hanging has everything you need to complete this project, one weave at a time. 

    Mini Maker Macramé Feather Wall Hanging #50869

    Mini Maker Macramé Feather Wall Hanging #50869

    Knit Your Ordinary Knitting Projects

    Have you ever thought of knitting a journal cover? Or a handy yoga mat bag? Even if you have never knitted before and aren't sure where to start, or if you’re a seasoned knitter looking for quick yet innovative projects, the Complete Knit Collection is for you! Designer Marly Bird walks you step-by-step through each project, with progressive projects to take you from easy all the way to pro-crafter status!

    Journal Cover; Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Journal Cover; Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Yoga Mat Bag; Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Yoga Mat Bag; Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Cozy up to the Ultimate Crochet Collection

    If knitting isn’t your speed, but you like the idea of progressive projects and easy-to-follow instructions, Marly Bird does it again with the Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners. And talk about cute and functional! Face scrubbies are all the rage for their gentle texture, durability, and great looks. And, we can’t get enough of this cowl — perfect for staying cozy at home or for the office where you’re never quite sure what the temperature will be. Both projects, along with the entire book, are a great intro into this addicting craft, or choose from the large variety to test your skills from easy to more difficult. 

    Face Scrubbies; Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    Face Scrubbies; Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    Oversized Cowl: Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    Oversized Cowl: Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    We're Resin the Bar With This DIY 

    Express your creativity and make something beautifully unique. Our DIY Resin Pour Kit will allow you to create your own one-of-a-kind work of art. From trays to customized coasters, these projects will elevate your home decor and/or gift-giving! With the step-by step instructions, you’ll easily learn to mix and pour purple, gold, and white to create washes of rich glossy finishes. We'll share details on how to resin pour on a cheese board, tray, pedestal table, and coasters, and we'll give you resin-pouring basics, tips, and a resin estimator. We’re confident this kit will resin-ate with you! 

    Resin Kit #51202

    Resin Kit #51202

    These projects are sure to inspire the maker in you. The more you make, the more you (and those around you) are inspired to make more, and the circle of creativity just gets wider and wider. We'd love to see what your making, so don't forget to post on your social media channels and tag @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts.

    -Leisure Arts Team

    It’s May-ker Month at Leisure Arts, and we have several kits and books to inspire the maker in you.

  • Halloween Tote: Swatch Ready

    Aren't these silly questions: Do I really need another tote bag? Do I really need more yarn? I laughed out loud when I saw this Dory comic saved by Knitting Paradise on Pinterest. I have new Light Reflecting Yarn and a pattern for halloween tote, time to get started.

    For the love of yarn; found on Pinterest. For the love of yarn; found on Pinterest.

    I've only been learning to knit and crochet on-and-off for two years now; I've been coloring a lot the past 12 months! In this short amount of time, even I have accumulated five bins of yarn. However the lure of a new project, or a new color or texture of yarn, certainly inspires me to try something new. Plus, if the project is seasonal...BINGO, count me in! 

    Latest goal: I want to make this super-cute seasonal Halloween Tote. It is pictured in Leisure Arts' item #75526 - Light-Reflecting Fashions, using Red Heart's new line of Reflective yarn. What makes this tote unique is the promise of it being reflective; a silver grey reflective thread is spun with the other yarn fibers. This yarn and tote seem perfect for nighttime trick-or-treating while walking under the street lights, visiting neighborhood houses for treats.

    GOAL: To make a Halloween Tote Bag like the one pictured in Leisure Arts' item 75526 - Light-Reflecting Fashions. GOAL: To make a Halloween Tote Bag like the one pictured in Leisure Arts' item #75526 - Light-Reflecting Fashions.

    Crochet and knit projects require one to learn the language of the craft. In addition, the crocheter and knitter must try to learn the stitches. Once the mechanics of making the stitch(es) is mastered, the crocheter and knitter must work towards having consistent gauge. Gauge is why every project has the measurements for a swatch.

    Challenge No. 1 - Gauge: I've only made projects that were more lenient when it comes to gauge, i.e., dishcloths, a bandana, and fingerless mitts.

    Challenge No. 2 - Multi-strands held together.

    Challenge No. 3 - Working in-the-round.

    Understanding and doing are two different things; my comprehension of the instructions was one thing, my performance was another. I ripped out my first swatch after three rounds. I realized I was adding a chain stitch before every single crochet. Lesson learned: don't try to fit a new project into your schedule if you are tired.

    Here is my second swatch using four strands of Bulky weight yarn. This is NOT the yarn that will be used for my Halloween Tote, but it is the correct weight and number of strands held together. I definitely needed to use stitch markers!

    In-the-Round Swatch No. 2 - Using four strands of Bulky weight as called for in the directions. Oh, boy; the swatch is lopsided! In-the-Round Swatch No. 2 - Using four strands of Bulky weight yarn as called for in the directions. Oh, boy; the swatch is lopsided!

    I discovered that I was not recognizing the correct stitch when ending a round or joining; this resulted in too many stitches. I resorted to doing another swatch holding one strand, making my stitches very loose and using a Light weight yarn. I wanted to see each stitch very clearly.

    In-the-Round Swatch No. 3 - Back to one strand in Light weight; trying to see the construction of each stitch. In-the-Round Swatch No. 3 - Back to one strand in Light weight; trying to see the construction of each stitch.

    I learned where my error was occurring: I was not recognizing the first single crochet at the beginning of each round. When I finished each round, I needed to join the last single crochet to the first single crochet with a slip stitch. Instead, I was joining to the chain made at the beginning of the round. Okay; I learned my error. My fix was to use a stitch marker so I would not question the location of the first single crochet when I needed to finish the round by joining with a slip stitch.

    I didn't like the uneven open spaces that Swatch No. 3 had in some portion of the rounds. Granted I was still experimenting, but I decided to make another swatch. I didn't have any more of my practice Bulky weight yarn, so I chose Super Bulky yarn to make my next swatch. I would be more careful with the construction of my rounds with the hope of having tighter stitches.

    In-the-Round Swatch No. 4 - Using one strand but in Super Bulky weight. Okay; better gauge and count is correct. In-the-Round Swatch No. 4 - Using one strand of yarn but in Super Bulky weight. Okay; better gauge and count is correct.

    Alright; I think this is better! The stitch count is correct with their construction and gauge being more consistent. I felt like this was a major accomplishment -- three cheers for me! At least this was recognizable or passable as the bottom of a tote bag.

    I'm as ready as I can be; now it's time to open my new Reflective yarn and begin. I am a bit tentative, but I will get continual inspiration by looking at the finished Halloween Tote as pictured in Leisure Arts' item #75526 - Light-Reflecting Fashions.

    This Halloween Tote is one of the featured projects found in #75526 - Light-Reflecting Fashions. My goal is to make one for this season! This Halloween Tote is one of the featured projects found in Leisure Arts' item #75526 - Light-Reflecting Fashions. My goal is to make one for this season!

    Wish me luck; I'll keep you posted on my progress!

    Martha

     

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