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!
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 Kithas 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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 theUltimate 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.
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!
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.
April is Stress Awareness Month, and it couldn’t have come at a more fitting time! If you are looking for ways to relax and bring those stress levels down, crafting could be your answer. Stepping back and taking these little moments in life to crochet, knit, paint, or do anything creative, does more good for your body than you may realize. When you are crafting, you are taking charge and focusing on your mental and physical health, which is critical in times like these. So craft away your stress with any creative project—here are just a few ideas to help inspire you!
Jump on the Diamond Art Bandwagon
If you enjoy crafting AND puzzles, it’s time to jump on the Diamond Art bandwagon. Our Rainy Day Diamond Art by Leisure Arts, powered by Diamond Dotz kit has what you need for a stress-free creative activity. The color-coded chart makes it easy for you to complete this abstract modern surrealist beauty, along with the pre-printed adhesive. With high-quality color printed fabric, 13-faceted diamonds, and handy tools like the comfort grip stylus and wax caddy, you’ll be dipping, dotting, and dazzling your way to a colorful masterpiece!
An Apron a Day Keeps the Stress Away
Sooooooo, you want to relax and be productive at the same time? (See what we did there?) Sew your way to calm with functional and adorable Simple to Sew Aprons. Whether you’re into gardening, chicken-raising, crafting, harvesting, or cooking and baking, we’ve got an apron pattern for you. You can never have too many aprons, right? Designer Billie Steward takes you step by step with instructions that will have you sewing these 13 quick projects and calming your nerves before you know it. With styles from bandanna to eggs to summer picnic or retro, these aprons also make amazing gifts.
Wrap Yourself in Hand-Knitted Warmth
Wrap yourself in hand-knitted warmth and comfort with theseKnit Cardigans by designer Andi Javori! Choose from 12 gorgeous cardigans, or heck, why not all of them? The hard part will be choosing which to knit first. Most of these aprons are rated Easy, with a couple of Intermediate ones sprinkled in just to keep you on your toes. Grab your knitting needles and make yourself a new sweater today! Each is destined to become a favorite.
Double the Creativity, Double the Fun
You and your kids can double your creativity with Play Mats from Leisure Arts—make your own interactive felt scenes, and then enjoy using them to make up your own fun stories. Seven different sets are all easy to cut and assemble with glue and simple stitching. Designs by Kimberly Layton include a castle complete with princess and unicorn, life under the sea, a sweet cupcake shop, a campsite, a farm, a cottage in the woods, and a neighborhood. Arrange the colorful pieces in endless ways and mix with other toys to expand the settings and characters.
Let Marvin Mega Boy Come to Your Rescue
Let Marvin Mega Boy save you from your worries! This Mini Maker Yarn Crafts kit is a bite-sized craft experience that will leave you with a cherished and cuddly super hero. The kit has everything you’ll need to create your own adorable 8.5” Marvin Mega Boy amigurumi, including easy-to-follow instructions, yarn, crochet hook and yarn needle. This little guy packs a big punch when it comes to bringing you joy. PS. He also makes a great companion for napping and watching TV.
Color Your Life with Paper Flowers
Not only are Paper Flowers easier to create than you’d expect, they bring out your creativity and wash away stress. With each turning page of this book, designer Jennifer Maker inspires you to create fabulous florals full of texture and color. And you’ll craft it all using tissue paper, cardstock, floral tape, and other readily available craft materials. You’ll uncover 10 projects in all that include a daisy, dandelion, orchid, and rose — one is sure to be your favorite. The best part — you’ll soon be diving into your very own blossoming projects. We’re sure of it.
Be Homebound in Comfort With This Cozy Quilt
Picture this: Lounging on your couch binge-watching your latest show, covered in a cozy blanket you quilted yourself! Our Homebound: Quilt with Leisure Arts pattern pack has a classic look, but never goes out of style. By adding a twist here or a fabric substitution there, you can go modern or traditional, or both! The finished lap quilt measures 49' x 65' with optional crib, twin, full, and king/queen sizes. The possibilities are endless-ish! And that makes us (and you!) very content.
A Bike Ride That Will Soothe Your Soul
Any Cycologist will tell you that this Bicycle Ride is good for your soul. You’ll have the sudden urge to jump on your own bike, gather flowers, and frolic your heart out, but not until you finish this charming embroidery project. If you find this Bicycle Ride embroidery project as charming as we do, then might we mention that your kit will contain everything you’ll need to embroider it into existence? Plus, the pattern itself is pre-printed on the enclosed fabric, so it’s ideal for beginners and experts alike. Yields one hoop of bicycle bliss. So go ahead – frolic away!
Yes, We Do Believe in Unicorns
Do you believes in unicorns? We do! Let this Unicorn Dreamcatcher protect you from your worries. The kit has everything you need to craft yourself to relaxation and create this unique dreamcatcher. But wait, there’s more! A bonus 32-page project book comes with your kit so you can create more great projects. You’ll be creating an organizer, doily dreamcatcher, ribbon chandelier, wreaths and more! Using the easy to follow instructions that come with our Mini Maker kits, you can easily bring creativity into your everyday life.
Pamper Yourself With Cotton
Pamper yourself and your family with the soft cotton creations featured in All About Cotton. This book guides you easily through 10 projects like making baskets, bottle carrier, tote, plant hanger, bath set, coasters, dishcloth and hanging dishtowel, potholder, napkin ring, and a rug. You’ll use soft and cool, yet sturdy and durable, cotton medium-weight yarn, perfect for quick crochet projects. Not only will you relieve stress by crocheting, you will be beautifying your home as well!
Choose one, two, three of these projects to bring some calm into your days, and come out of it with memories and cherished items. All of these projects are easy to accomplish and are perfect for you to do by yourself or include your children or other family members. Once you finish one or many of these stress relieving projects, be sure to share it with us @leisureartsinc or using the hashtag #LeisureArts on your social channels. We love to see what's going on in the craft universe. In addition, most of the items we’ve written about in this blog post are included in our April Giveaway on our website. Enter to win all of these great projects and craft your way to calm.
Hello Makers! It's that time of year again, March is National Craft Month. Can you believe it's springtime already? With 2020 flying by at high speeds, we're taking a moment to focus on one of our favorite holidays. Crafting and DIY projects are not only a great way to be creative and expand your home décor and wardrobe, but also create opportunities to give to loved-ones or those in need, be more mindful and mentally healthy, and practice purposeful self-care. Take a look at some of our favorite books and projects to celebrate National Craft Month with!
Heroes and animals and monsters, oh my! WithAmigurumi An Adorable Collection, you'll be led through this Japanese crochet style with ease. Whether you want to add some whimsy to your wardrobe or give the gift of courage to a child in your life, there's an animal scarf, superhero doll, and other fun projects that will fulfill all your crochet desires. And since it's National Craft month and you have so many projects to get through, this book is also available as a file download.
Plants have been shown to boost one's mood, but why have real ones that die when you can create your own garden full of everlasting beauty? In Stitch a Garden, you can grow your knitting skills and discover 11 easy, new home décor projects, no green thumb required. And if you really want to go green, this book is available as a download. Step-by-step instructions, vibrant photos, and evergreen ideas will fill your home and crafting month with crafted beauty.
If you're looking to add a little boho flair to your home while also creating something functional, then this Mini Maker kit is for you. Get groovy with this retro craft project. TheMini Maker Arrow Plant Hanger Macramé Kit comes with a 10.5" decorative arrow, lots of cording, and easy-to-follow instructions to get you pointed in the right direction the whole way through. Your new plant hanger will make the perfect wall accent for your home or a heartfelt gift for a plant lover in your life.
Take this month to manifest a free mind withFree Spirit Stitching. These eight boho designs will get you feeling creative and calm in no time. Novice stitchers will gain valuable knowledge and experience, while experienced stitchers can breathe easy as you breeze through these gorgeous designs. The foundational embroidery stitches are clearly explained and put into patterns that will have people begging to know where you got such a trendy, well made accessory. From wall hangings and pillows to tote bags and clutches, there's a design for everyone in this book. You can even download it for more ease.
Dip your toe into the soothing waters of embroidery. With theMini Maker Green Fields Embroidery Stitch Kit, you'll get the perfect introduction to embroidery without having to commit yourself to buying all the materials separately. This kit comes with an 8" hoop, 21 gorgeous floss colors, stamped fabric, a needle, and easy-to-follow instructions. There's no easier way to explore a new craft while making a tranquil piece for hanging on the wall or giving to a friend.
Unleash your inner artist and discover how freeing and fun painting can be. Happy Abstracts is a how-to guide for true beginners and seasoned artists alike. You'll be guided through six different projects and encouraged to embrace fearlessness and keep an open mind. There's no need to feel like something has to be perfect if you're the one creating it, and this book helps take that pressure away. Allow yourself to be vulnerable with your art and show the world what you're made of. As an added reminder, there are 14 vibrant pull-out cards to lift you up when you need a boost. They also make great cards for friends and family who need to be reminded of the magic they bring to the world.
Wood just got even cooler. In Modern Woodburning, you can learn the basics of pyrography, the art of decorating wood and other natural materials by burning them. Nine skill-building projects will give you all the woodburning basics, as well as inspiring you to create your own designs. Since this book is downloadable, it's easy to learn all about this red-hot craft. Blaze a trail and get your friends and family involved!
If a little sparkle never hurt anybody, then a lot is probably good for you! Dazzle yourself and your loved ones with a diamond dotting creation like this one.5D DIY Diamond Painting Advanced Wildflowers Kit will be a crafting experience unlike anything else. The individually placed gems come together to create a magnificent piece of wall art. You'll be the envy of all who see it, but they don't have to know how soothing and fun it was to make. The kit contains a printed fabric piece, a stylus, a tray, a wax caddy, a comfort grip, color-sorted gems, and easy-to-follow instructions. It may look like you have to be a master, but it'll actually be a walk in the park to complete.
There's no better time than now to start a new hobby or craft, so pick up one of these projects and get making! We would love to know why you craft and what your big project is for this month! Be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts too, so we can see how you're celebrating National Craft Month.
Hey makers! Fall has struck, and we couldn't be happier - because now we can break out that fall décor! We have a bunch of ideas this year to share with you, both festive and just plain fall fun. Almost all of these projects are easy to make and can be finished before the season ends, so you have creative new artwork to show off to your guests. Scroll to find your favorite craft category, and start your next project!
Whether you're ready for Thanksgiving turkey or Halloween popcorn balls, we've got patterns to fit your seasonal décor style. This sugar skull Snuggie from Kids Snuggies is perfect for the Halloween homebody that loves to stay in and watch Hocus Pocus. You can change up the size of the pattern as needed, but we say that this isn't just a Snuggie for kids. This would be a great spooky surprise for adults too! It's so cozy, you can keep it up even after All Saints Day. If you're looking for hunting cabin décor, or just a simple rustic touch to your home, try this rug from Half Moon Rugs! The antlers really make this rug stand out, even though it's made with neutral yarn colors. This would be a great gift for both guys and gals, and would be a great neutral accent to any home during the fall. Who knows, you might wanna keep it through winter.
If you're looking for a bigger project to take on, try this falling leaves afghan from Crochet Afghan Revival. Not only is the picture above a whole mood, but the afghan itself is a really great accessory for your loveseat, during and after fall. This is a style of afghan that goes beyond the season, and the pattern itself is long lasting and comfy for those cold fall and winter mornings.
If you're in need of some extra kitchen accessories, then look no further for festive fall décor. These fruit and veggie potholder and dishcloths from Make In A Weekend Potholders and Dishcloths are perfect for you! The book title is self explanatory, you can literally make these in just one weekend, they're that easy. in days you can have adorable Corn Cob Dishcloths or Golden Apple Potholders to decorate your kitchen for fall.
If you've been waiting to decorate for Halloween since November 1st of last year, then we have some spooky and spell-binding projects that will light up your space brighter than a full moon. Everyone loves a good pumpkin transformation but sometimes you don't want all that mess. Pumpkins Pumpkins Pumpkins has some great transformation ideas that don't require you to gut your pumpkin (see picture above). You can even use fake pumpkins for these ideas, so you can use them year round! Trick or treat with your embellishments with sweet white flowers or scary spiders, and create fun and fancy pumpkin displays to elevate your haunted house.
If you wanna get witchy with your halloween decor, then this crystal candle formHome Candle Makinglooks like it came straight out of a witch's cauldron. You can choose what kind of crystals to put into your candle, and even add your favorite essential oils to make it an extra special potion. The choice is up to you! You can look through the book for other fall inspired candles too, there are tons of recipes!
If you want to go less spooky and more subtle fall vibes, then these Stitchery Kits are great fall projects. These kits really make embroidery easy. You have everything you need to create whimsical and colorful scenes, from needles to multiple colors of floss. The best part about these kits are the pre-printed designs already on the cloth included. It's as simple as securing the design onto the embroidery hoop, and then stitching along the lines! Once you're done you can display them anywhere in your home or office that needs a little autumn magic. Our Falling Leaves Stitchery Kit is extra magical with a translucent fabric as the background, giving an illusion of actual falling leaves. With our Snow Garden Stitchery Kit, you don't have to wait for the snow to fall, you can bring winter mornings to your living room! This kit is a great minimalist addition to our collection and looks really nice next to the falling leaves (pictured above).
Are you feeling festive yet? If you've tried any of these projects, or any have any other fall decor ideas, then tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios.
Everyone loves to craft, but hates shopping for supplies. But, what if you could drop the shopping spree, and get everything you need in one simple package? Learn a new skill with our Mini Maker kits! Mini Maker offers bite-sized craft experiences without a huge investment of time and money to get started.
The DIY projects we offer are easy to learn, and fun to craft! You'll look like a master designer with minimal effort. You can try your hand at felting, and create beautiful faux succulents, or play with pom-poms to create adorable animals like foxes and bunnies! So, if you're looking for a fun and easy craft to be introduced to, then find your favorite kit below and read on.
Embroidery! A whimsical craft that takes a lot of patience and focus. When it comes to stitching designs, you're usually stuck with the old-fashioned house with the white picket fence, or the generic stitched red heart. with our new line of Stitchery Kits, you won't be disappointed! We've come up with modern and unique designs that will stand out like a sore thimble (in good way).
Start getting festive this spring with our Wildflower Kit (above), or party with some neon accents with our Neon Mandala(above). For the people who love to think outside the hoop, try out this Sheer Butterfly Kit (above). Each packaged design comes with the embroidery hoop, canvas wrap, and all the thread you could possibly need to create these colorful artworks. The best part about these designs, is that they are pre-printed on the canvas provided, so you don't have to worry about being off on your line work! Just follow the lines, and watch as your embroidered piece jumps off the hoop.
Perfect for birthday parties, or just some fun craft time with the kiddos, these Mini Maker Pom-Pom kits are quick an easy activities anyone can learn! Everything you need is in the kit, which usually consists of felt pieces and pre-made pom-poms, which is a plus, because it takes the stress out of making your own. Included are instructions that will turn this little box of baubles into adorable creatures like a Blue Bird (above), Fox, or Bunny(above)!
If you want something more flora than fauna, try these Mini Maker Felt Succulent Kits! These 20,24, and 26 piece kits include everything you need to get started (do you see a theme yet?), and the end result leaves you with cute desk decor for your bedroom or office. It's as easy as rolling, stitching, and coloring felt strips into these bold and bright miniature plants.
We're straying away from miniature items here, and we're making it easier for you to create and try out some of the most trend-setting crafts this year! Our Books Plus Kits are the perfect gateway crafts for you to get started in crafts like knitting, embroidery, and paint pouring. Each kit comes with instructions and all the tools you need. In the end, you have beautiful projects like homemade knit hats, welcome signs, and abstract art that looks like it's been masterfully crafted.
If you are looking to branch out and try new crafts, give a Mini Maker kit a go! You might end up falling for a craft that you stick with though thick and thin. If you've tried one of these kits, then be sure to share your results or reviews with us on social! We'd love to hear what the Mini Maker experience has been like for you.
It's the 25th of July, craft family. You know what that means? It's Christmas Day (in July)! We can all agree that this is an odd holiday overall, and while we complain about seeing all of this Christmas stuff way too early, we secretly can't deny how fun it is to see the festive decorations in store every year. Christmas time is supposed to be a joyous holiday filled with family, friends, and love. Why wouldn't you want that a second time in the year? Which is why we love to celebrate it here at Leisure Arts. We have a Giveaway going on until July Currently, where we are granting one lucky individual a chance to win 15 books, and an Oval Loom Kit.
You can give those books a once over if those interest you, but for this week's post, we're gonna show you some other great crafts that you can make with the family unit for Christmas in July!
Holiday Crafts For The Kids
The people you buy the most gifts for are always the little lights of your life: your kids! Well, or nieces or nephews or grandchildren. Check out some of the best selling pattern books for kids that are currently on sale now.
Thread Crochet is a delicate style of crochet, that can produce amazing results. Jewelry is a phenomenon that you wouldn't expect crochet to fit into, but it does! You can have all different types of unique jewelry from the styles above, from simple baubles to fancy chain links!
Today we’re switching it up with a hot new crafting series, affectionately known as “Crafting Across Cultures”. We get so wrapped up in our own projects, and tend to forget about what’s going on with the rest of the world (in crafting, that is). I want to focus in on a specific country for each post in the series, and shine the spotlight on some of the great crafts and Folk Art they have to share with the world. Let's expand everyone’s horizons in craft, and spread new ideas across cultures.
This Week? We have Mexico!
Known for its beautiful textiles and interesting pottery designs, Mexico has had a stronghold in the arts for quite some time (since 1400 BCE, according to Wikipedia). Today, we’re going to focus on the traditions of making these crafts, and the cultural significance it has for Mexico.
The textiles of Mexico have worn many hats. Clothing was originally made from plants and cottons, which later expanded to more luxurious fabrics like silks and wool after the conquest of the Aztec Empire. Most fabrics are made with naturally dyed fibers, which give nice earthy tones to the coloring and prints in the textiles. Most are embroidered and adorned with fresh patterns that incorporate the Mexican flag in some form or fashion.
Here are some of Mexico’s most popular textile fashions!
This is a garment that is still widely used today in both mixed-race communities and indigenous cultures. This long shawl is used to carry heavy objects close to the body, or support a baby. It’s traditionally a long piece of cloth with fringe on the sides, and can be made as big or as small as the crafter wants.
Serape / Saltillo Blanket
Always featuring a diamond shape in the center, the Saltillo blanket is beautiful and functional. The blankets were historically worn by men during their travels. Made with natural woven fibers, they are always bright in color as a tribute to the gods. It is speculated that if you wear bright colors, you keep evil spirits away and are granted favors from the gods. That’s why these blankets will always have luxurious blues, pinks, greens and purples, all naturally dyed from fruits and insects.
This is a style of embroidery that is implemented on fabrics in Mexico. This style of hand painting on fabric is based off cliff painting and could take weeks or even years to complete. Otomi Women trace a design on a white cotton cloth, and then go back and stitch with a technique that only appears on one side of the cloth. The designs seem abstract, but relate to cave painting motifs that date back to hundreds of years ago.
The Making of Textiles in Mexico
The textiles you just saw are traditionally made by spinning, weaving and sewing. Hand weaving fabrics on backstrap looms to create intricate patterns and color combinations are still common practices in Mexico. In fact,this article from Zinnia Folk Arts references that each Mesoamerican culture had a deity that watched over the women who wove and created fabrics. Textile making was known to be a gift to women from the gods.Fabrics were used as a form of payment earlier in time. Whoever had the best fabrics were known to be of a higher social class. Materials and adornments like beads, feathers, and rabbit fur were woven into the nice materials, and cotton was eventually introduced from the areas the Aztecs took over (but was only available to the wealthy).It’s amazing to think about how important materials like fabrics can be to a culture. From fibers to thread, then thread to tradition.
Hope you had fun learning something new today! If there are other crafts to make from Mexico, please share them with us. We’re always curious!
If you want to learn how to start crocheting or weaving so you can make these awesome designs (or designs similar), we have a few books to recommend!
I am not a sewer. We've talked about this before. It's just not for me, or at least not for me at the moment. However, I do keep a good amount of fabric on hand and every now and then I entertain notions of doing certain sewing things. Sometimes I even want to embroidery. Enter the Embroidery Pocket Guide.
Because every now and then I want to embroidery a little bit.
Especially when I wear this dress. Inspiring stuff.
Nothing like a whole sampler, but just a little bit of pretty stitching on something. A little vine on a tote bag, maybe. Or a cheerful little flower on a pair of my daughter's shorts. I have a few needles and a little bit of embroidery floss, and this little guide would be a great reference for a quick freehand project. This is dadgummed great!
Now, I linked to the e-copy in that first paragraph. Now here's a link to purchase the hard copy. And here's a link to the product page on Amazon where you can read some very glowing reviews. And it's Prime eligible, if you're into free shipping! The hard copy is a fold-out guide of embroidery stitches. Think of a map. But a laminated map! There's a chart that even tells you which thread to use with which fabric AND the needles you'll need. The stitches are separated by category--backstitches, blanket stitches, chain stitches, etc.--and this measures about 4.5" by 8.5". It really is nearly pocket-sized! It folds up nice and flat, and you could slip it into a pattern book or project bag. I want to use the section on satin stitches for every little crocheted animal I make!
Goodness knows I should have done some practice eyes before working on this little hat.
I should mention that I was talking to my mom last week about embroidery. She mentioned that she was going to embroider a dishtowel or two and I mentioned this guide. You should have seen the look on her face. I was really glad I didn't have the pamphlet on me at the time or it would be gone right now. The woman knows when tools are useful and when they're not. The way her eyes lit up at the mention of the pocket guide really drove it home to me how handy this is. So I'm going to put it to good use!
Now that it’s officially Fall, I can’t wait for the leaves to start changing colors.
In the meantime, I’ve developed a yen to bring a little of the season in the house with some handmade Fall Leaf Pincushions. I consulted with Anne and Becky, the clever ladies in our design department, and here’s how to recreate the One-Of-A-Kind Pincushions that they came up with:
Felt Leaf Pincushion
You’ll need: • a leaf • two colors of green felt • gold, rust, lt green, & brown embroidery floss • embroidery needle • fiberfill • a real acorn cap • a felt ball • craft glue
Instructions: Use 3 strands of floss for all stitching. 1. Find a leaf that makes you happy.
2. Trace around leaf to make a Leaf Front/Back Pattern. 3. Trace around the inside of the Leaf Front/Back Pattern to create a Center Pattern. 4. Using Leaf Front/Back Pattern, cut Leaf Front and Leaf Back from darker green felt. 5. Using Center Pattern, cut one Center from lighter green felt. 6. Pin Center to Leaf Front and use gold running stitches to sew in place.
7. Use rust stem stitches to freehand veins in Center and stem. 8. Use lt green running stitches to sew Leaf Front to Leaf Back, leaving a small opening for stuffing. Stuff and close opening. 9. Sew around the edge of the Leaf with brown whipstitches, leaving a long end of floss at the stem end.
10. Thread long end of floss through acorn cap and felt ball. Glue ball in cap. Knot floss and trim end.
Fabric Leaf Pincushion
You’ll need: • a leaf • stripe & solid fabric • pinking shears • brown embroidery floss • embroidery needle • fusible web • brown rick rack • fiberfill • sewing machine & brown thread
Instructions: 1. Find a leaf you like.
2. Trace around leaf to make a Leaf Pattern. 3. Using Leaf Pattern, cut Leaf from solid fabric. 4. Based on the size of your Leaf, decide how big you want your pincushion to be and draw an appropriately sized square for a Top/Bottom Pattern. 5. Cut Top from stripe fabric and Bottom from solid fabric. 6. Follow package directions and use fusible web to adhere Leaf to Top.
7. Machine stitch edges of Leaf to Top and create Leaf veins. Add accents to Leaf veins with one strand of brown floss. 8. Stack Front and Back with right sides together and rick rack sandwiched in between. Sew Front and Back together, leaving an opening for turning. Turn, stuff, and sew opening closed.