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  • National Embroidery Month

    February is National Embroidery Month! We love any excuse to stitch something cute together, and this is the perfect time. Whether you like Redwork, improvisational embroidery, or are a beginning needle pointer, you'll love these kits, books, and digital downloads.

    For the Beginners

    Everybody has to start somewhere. Whether you buy a book or a kit, something with good instructions and detailed charts is essential in your journey to becoming an expert embroiderer. This book is perfect for that. With expert instructions, tips, tricks, and photos, you'll be stitching up your own masterpieces before you know it!

    For the Traditional With A Twist

    Typically, a basic embroidery project would have an opaque fabric and have a border around the hoop. This kit is anything but typical. Capture the ephemeral beauty of butterflies in their natural habitat with this gorgeous mini maker. It has everything you need to take the next step with your skills and create a show-off-worthy piece of crafted art.

    For the Home Decorator

    There are so many ways to use embroidery techniques and materials. You can go simple, eclectic, modern, or any style you can think of. This book teaches you how to rethink embroidery right down to the hoop. You'll have all the instruction you need to transform embroidery projects into home accents and gifts that no one will know you made yourself!

    For the Quilter

    Even if embroidery isn't your main craft, this month is the perfect excuse to take it up. Try incorporating it into your other favorite craft. The Big Book of Crazy Quilt Stitches is perfect for quilters who are looking to further embellish their pieces. Embroidery will add extra texture and dimension to any quilted project, making it even more impressive.

    For the Purist

    Spring is coming, and what better way to celebrate than with a traditional embroidery project like this one! Whether you're a purist or just looking to practice your basic stitches, this project will help you become a better stitcher. It's like bringing a little piece of the garden into your home all year round! And the best part is it was designed to be made in just a weekend.


    No matter your skill level, personal style, or interest, embroidery is a perfect craft to customize to your uniqueness. Don't forget to tag us in your embroidery and other craft projects with @leisureartsinc or #leisurearts. We love seeing your creativity!

    Happy stitching!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Spread Your Wings With Diamond Art

    "Creativity is intelligence having fun."
    — Albert Einstein

    Get creative with acetate and diamond dotting. Whether it's a butterfly, cactus, corgi, or a popsicle, a shadowbox is the great way to add a sparkle of personality to any home or office! Today's tutorial takes you step-by-step through creating a butterfly shadowbox worth treasuring for years to come.

    Diamond Dotting Butterfly on Acetate Shadowbox—Handmade By Leisure Arts

    Now This Is A Fly Project

    Add designer touches and show off your joyful personality with Diamond Art by Leisure Arts™ and Diamond Dotz® Freestyle. Diamond dotting is not only fun and calming, it results in beautiful sparkly art. Just look at what you can do with acetate, a Diamond Art by Leisure Arts™ project, and Diamond Dotz® gems.

    The Options Are Endless

    Butterflies aren't your thing? The options are endless. Check out the other patterns in our Patches book, any of our other freestyle books, or create your own!

    Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Patches Book #7682

    Supplies And Tools:

    Many of these supplies can be found on leisurearts.com in the freestyle section.

    Get Started On Your Work Of Art

    1. Download and print the butterfly design at 77% of original size from this pattern. Place the acetate over the butterfly design. Outline and fill within the design area on the acetate with the liquid adhesive.
    2. Carefully outline and fill in with the adhesive on the areas you want to apply gems to; you should see a milky white layer of adhesive on the surface. You can apply the adhesive to one section at a time or to the entire design. 
    3. Allow the adhesive to dry until it is clear. When adhesive clears completely it is ready for long term adhesion. On non-porous surfaces such as acetate, this may take up to 3 hours. Cover the design and adhesive with a piece of protective film if you will not be applying gems right away.
    4. Remove the clear covering on the adhesive. Apply the gems to the adhesive as desired. When you are not working on your project, place a sheet of protective film over the adhesive to protect it from dust.
    5. When you have completed your project, place the protective film over the gems and firmly roll over the whole design with a brayer or rolling pin. This ensures that the gems are firmly adhered.

    Craft Hacks & Tips

    • The liquid adhesive allows you to add gems art to any surface.
    • A bottle of liquid adhesive is enough to complete 4 full-coverage 9” x 12” artist canvases.

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Estimated Crafting Time

    3-5 hours plus drying time

    Easy Like Butter...fly

    Diamond Dotting offers both relaxation and stress relief. Diamond Art by Leisure Arts™ is powered by Diamond Dotz® and is crafted of premium materials to allow you to create a sparkling masterpiece.

    Once you start creating, please share your progress to our Diamond Art Facebook Page! Or share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels. We love to see what's going on in your studio.

    Want more DIY Diamond Art projects? Check out our other projects at DIYDiamondArtTutorials and take a look at this video for more inspiration!



    Butterflyingly yours,

    -Leisure Arts Team

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