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Suzann Thompson is back this week with information about how to calculate the size of your crocheted flowers when substituting yarns from the ones used in the book, including downloadable list of the sizes of all the flower samples in Crochet Garden. Like what you see? Now until July 17th, Crochet Garden and Crochet Bouquet (Suzann’s first book) are 50% off at BN.com.

You can make the flowers and motifs from Crochet Garden in any yarn. But maybe you want to have some idea of what size the finished flower will be.  Easy—especially if you have a calculator handy!  Here’s how:

  1. Crochet a gauge circle (see last week’s blog post on this subject).
  2. Measure the gauge circle, using inches or centimeters—it doesn’t matter which.
  3. Find your chosen motif in the table below and write down the number or numbers next to it in the “Relative Size” column.
  4. Multiply your gauge circle size by the number (or numbers) you wrote down.  The answer will be the approximate size of the motif.

Let’s say you want to make the Dogwood Flower in No. 10 crochet cotton, with a size 4 US hook.

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Free CD Case Towel Rack Project

July 13, 2012, 08:00 am  Posted by Lark
 

I don’t know about you, but since the advent of simple point-and-shoot digital cameras, I have created a towering stack of favorite photos waiting to be framed. But frames are expensive so for every one I buy, another three pics has been added to the pile.

At my house the only thing that seems to multiply faster than photos begging to be framed is the ubiquitous plastic cd case. I’m not sure where they’re coming from but they breed like rabbits. Susan Wasinger, author of Eco Craft:Recyle*Recraft*Restyle, has come up with a  clever and oh-so-inexpensive solution that addresses both my framing and renegade cd case dilemma. Part towel/backpack/coat rack and part photo gallery, this project also allows for quick picture change outs to allow for my latest favorites. This project is just one of 30 clever, earth-friendly ideas you can find in Eco Craft, which is included in the 50% Off Summer Activities Sale on www.BN.com.

Click here for CD Case Towel Rack instructions

 
 
 
 
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We’re celebrating the Stash Happy series – and the special summer sale at BN.com! – with a fun free project. Great for stash busting and with just the right amount of wonky flavor, this Wonky Cottage Lap Quilt from Stash Happy: Patchwork is the perfect summer project… and perfect for porch sitting on summer nights!

Download the instructions here: Wonky Cottage Lap Quilt by Cynthia Shaffer

 
 
 
 
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Summertime Sewing Book Sale – 50% off now at BN.com!

July 11, 2012, 08:50 am  Posted by Lark
 

Keep yourself busy this summer with hundreds of projects, loads of inspiration, and all kinds of fabricy goodness – all on sale for 50% off the cover price at BN.com, now through July 17th! Whether you’re making the most of your stash or repurposing your latest yard-sale find, these fresh titles will keep you crafting all summer long. Stay tuned this week as we sale-ebrate with free projects and more!

 
 
 
 
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What could possibly make your summer days even more magical? A summer sale celebration! From July 10-17, selected books from Lark Jewelry & Beading–including many of our most popular new books from our most popular authors–are on sale at 50% off on BN.com with their special summer sale! Plus you get free shipping when you place an order for $25 or more. It’s the perfect time to purchase all those books you’ve been thinking and thinking and thinking about getting … and to load up on gifts for friends, family, and the holidays.

Look below to see all of Lark’s bead books on sale; you can click through on any cover to go directly to that book’s page on BN.com. Also, don’t miss the related posts for Lark Jewelry & Beading’s JEWELRY BOOKS, GIFT GALLERY BOOKS, or the overall sale page, including books in other categories from Lark and other publishers! Please spread the word (and this page’s URL link) with your friends and social media community right now, too … this special half-off BN.com sale only lasts through Tuesday, July 17!

So start browsing …

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Here’s a fantastic summer sale celebration: From July 10-17, selected books from Lark Jewelry & Beading–including many of our most popular current books from our most popular authors–are on sale at 50% off on BN.com with their special summer sale. Plus you get free shipping when you place an order of $25 or more. It’s the perfect time to purchase all those books you’ve been thinking and thinking and thinking about getting … and to load up on gifts for friends, family, and the holidays.

Look below to see all of Lark’s jewelry books on sale; you can click through on any cover to go directly to that book’s page on BN.com. Also, don’t miss the related posts for Lark Jewelry & Beading’s BEADING BOOKS, GIFT GALLERY BOOKS, or the overall sale page, including books in other categories from Lark and other publishers! Please spread the word (and this page’s URL link) with your friends and social media community right now, too … this special half-off BN.com sale only lasts through Tuesday, July 17!

So start browsing …

 

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What a summer celebration! From July 10-17, selected books from Lark Jewelry & Beading–including many of our most popular current books–are on sale at 50% off on BN.com with their special summer sale! Plus you get free shipping when you place an order for $25 or more. It’s the perfect time to purchase all those books you’ve been thinking and thinking and thinking about getting … and to load up on gifts for friends, family, and the holidays.

Look below to see all the jewelry and beading gallery books on sale; you can click through on any cover to go directly to that book’s page on BN.com. Also, don’t miss the related posts for Lark Jewelry & Beading’s JEWELRY BOOKS, BEADING BOOKS, or the overall sale page, including books in other categories from Lark and other publishers! Please spread the word with your friends and social media community right now, too … this special half-off BN.com sale only lasts through Tuesday, July 17!

So start browsing …

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What could be better than having hundreds of pages of art quilt inspiration, all at your fingertips? Stock up now and fill your library with these fabulous collections (and more!) during a special sale at BN.com, July 10th through July 17th!

Click on the covers below for more information or take a look at all the books included in the sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Summer Sale: Lark’s 500 Series

July 10, 2012, 13:53 pm  Posted by Lark
 

50% Off Summer Sale at BN.comTruly, it’s as if the holidays have arrived two seasons ahead of schedule–from July 10 through July 17, BN.com is hosting a 50% Off Summer Sale of incredible Lark books! Yes, half off armfuls of books, and the following beautiful list of 500 series titles are among the sale.

Give the gift of artful inspiration to yourself, your family, your friends, students, teachers, and colleagues this year–check out the following list of 500 series books at bn.com–happy browsing!

(Want to learn about ALL of the titles in Lark’s 500 series?

See the entire 500 collection on bn.com)

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21st Century Jewelry

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1000 Glass Beads1000 Glass Beads

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1000 Rings1000 Rings

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400 Polymer Clay Designs400 Polymer Clay Designs

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400 Wood Boxes400 Wood Boxes

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500 Animals in Clay500 Animals in Clay

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500 Art Quilts500 Art Quilts

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500 Beaded Objects500 Beaded Objects

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The Gauge Circle with Suzann Thompson

July 06, 2012, 10:09 am  Posted by Lark
 

Today Suzann shares her technique for checking stitch tension for crocheted flowers.plus its many other benefits!

Finally—A Gauge You Can Live With!

Knowing your stitch tension is important, but it seems silly to crochet a traditional 4 x 4-inch gauge swatch, to check stitch tension for a crocheted flower.  By the time you’re done with the swatch, you could have finished two or three flowers.

This thought nagged me as I began work on Crochet Garden.  The suggested tension for all the projects in the book is a “firm gauge,” no matter what yarn you use.  On the other hand, I realized that readers might appreciate knowing how their stitch tension compared with that of the sample flowers.

The flowers and motifs of Crochet Garden didn’t need to be an exact size, unlike a garment.  For a sweater or an afghan, one-half stitch per inch difference between your gauge and the published gauge can translate to several inches difference in the finished piece.

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