Aimee Ray's Doodle Stitching Books


UPDATE: Congratulations to Aileen! She is our randomly selected winner of the Doodle Stitching giveaway. Thanks so much to everyone for participating!


Six years ago, I had the pleasure of working with Aimee Ray on her first Doodle Stitching book. It was so exciting to see Aimee’s talent come to life on the pages of Doodle Stitching, and when the book was completed, I knew we hadn’t seen the last of her.

And, lucky for us, we haven’t! I left Lark to have a baby and stay home for a few years, but as many of you know, Aimee went on to author Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection. And oh-so-serendipitously, the first project that came across my desk when I returned to Lark last July was helping to shepherd Aimee’s third Doodle Stitching book, Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond, through its final phases before publication.

It didn’t surprise me to discover that Aimee hadn’t lost her knack for creating stylish, fresh, and fun designs. True to its name, Embroidery & Beyond includes a variety of techniques such as Cross Stitch, Appliqué, Redwork, and Sashiko and Shisha, just to name a few. And you’ll be treated to all sorts of new and fetching projects, like a charming Fair Isle Doll Skirt; a cozy Snow White, Red Rose Fleece Scarf; a snazzy Canvas Cuckoo Clock; and an adorable Felt Appliqué Babushka doll.

Felt Appliqué Babushka

Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond will hit the shelves this March, but one lucky winner won’t have to wait that long. We’re giving away all three copies of Aimee’s Doodle Stitching books, including an advance copy of Embroidery & Beyond! To enter to win, leave a comment on this post between now and 9 p.m. Wednesday, January 23. Any comment is fine, but we’d love to hear what embroidery projects you’ve got lined up for the coming months. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and announced by Thursday, January 24. Click here for the official rules, and good luck!


(To pre-order a copy of Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond, click here.)




Free Divinity Sundaes Recipe

January 14, 2013, 05:00 am  Posted by Lark

Chocolate, sugar, and caramel, who doesn’t love sweets?!  Whether they’re crunchy, chewy, or melt-in-your-mouth, sweets are awesome. Which is why they make terrific gifts—and Valentine’s Day is just a mere month away. What’s your favorite treat, or your sweetheart’s? Chocolate and nuts, chocolate with fruit, plain old milk chocolate? Butter crisps? Toffee? Marshmallow crème puffs? Can’t pick just one? That’s why Sweet Confections has 40 tasty recipes to keep your sweet tooth happy. Here’s a sampling of the options!


Left to Right:

Top row: Honeycomb Candy, Divinity Sundaes, Mixed-Nut Dark Chocolate Truffles

Center row: Fruit Jam Jellies, Vanilla Cheesecake Fudge, Toffee

Bottom row: Caramel Pinwheels, Pina Colada Truffles, Orange Walnut Chocolate Nougat


And because we want your sweet tooth to be happy, we’re giving away the Divinity Sundaes recipe (see center of top row for pic). Enjoy!

Nom nom nom…


thanks to Shannon Y for being recipe consultant!


When it comes to crafting for charity, the act of making takes on a different, and often deeper, dimension. Grab this free extra project from Quilt It with Love, and turn six fat quarters and a background fabric into something that’s so much more than the sum of its parts: a quilted hug! Designed by Project Linus Vice-President Mary Balagna, this project whips up quick: simply stitch strips of fabric together, cut them into strips, and stitch them back together for a woven effect.

Download the free project here: Six Quarters for a Hug

Enjoy! And happy heart-felt quilting!


Letterpress Now

January 10, 2013, 16:22 pm  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

Here at Lark, we publish books on almost every craft you can imagine. We have entire teams dedicated to topics like jewelry and needlearts. We even have a book on gourd craft. But somehow, in our decades of publishing, we have never published a guide to letterpress.

That changed last week.

Letterpress Now, which came out on 1/1, is our first book on letterpress printing. It’s the creation of author Jessica C. White. If that name sounds familiar, that may be because in addition to running her own press and working as a professor she’s also the co-founder of Ladies of Letterpress–a professional organization that now numbers more than 1,500 printers.

Inside, she teaches how to use a variety of presses–from the apartment-sized tabletop platen press to the massive cylinder presses only found in print shops. Each type of press is taught through a variety of projects: calendars, cards, invitations, thaumatropes, trading cards, and t-shirts to name a few.

And there’s also features on some of the best printers working today. Jim Sherraden shares some work from the legendary Hatch Show Print and fellow Ladies of Letterpress founder Kseniya

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We thank you for sharing this call for entries promptly with all appropriate colleagues, professional groups and associations, message boards, schools, students, and beadmaking communities:

Lark Jewelry & Beading seeks excellent photographs of original, contemporary beads in all materials to publish in a new juried, international collection in our 500 Series of books: Showcase 1000 Beads. This book is scheduled to be published in January 2014. The book will be juried by Kristina Logan.

We welcome and encourage submission of photographs of your handmade beads in all materials (glass, metal, polymer clay, metal clay, ceramics, paper, fiber, plastic, wood, stone, etc.) and design styles. All work must be made no earlier than 2010, and the more recent the work the better—we’d prefer to see your 2012 work over your 2011 work, and your 2011 work over your 2010 work.

We strongly prefer images of beads that have not been published previously, and please do NOT submit images of pieces that have been published in any Lark book. We can accept only high-quality digital images. Artists will receive full acknowledgment within the book and a complimentary copy. Artists retain copyright of their work. There is no entry fee.

All submissions must be submitted electronically through Juried Art Services. Note that there is no fee for using Juried Art Services. The entry page can be found at the following link: http://bit.ly/VTfT6E or, the full URL,  http://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=614.

Entries must be submitted by February 14, 2013. We strongly encourage early entries.

All visuals submitted must represent work that is original in design. Please choose work that reflects the book’s concept. A maximum of four entries per artist is allowed, so please submit your best work. An entry may consist of no more than two visuals: an overall shot and one detail (or alternate view); the detail shots are not required. The primary images you submit should each be different designs. For example, do NOT submit four variations of very similar beads; instead, submit one bead from each of four series.

Important: Lark will only publish photos of entries containing images and text that are free of copyright or for which the artist (or approved institution) holds copyright.


I’ll admit it—I was asleep by 9:30 on New Year’s Eve. One of these years, I’m going to ring in the New Year with style, and when that happens I’ll be ready with Aimee Ray’s CheersCheers! Banner Banner from Heart-Felt Holidays. We thought you might want to get your own party started by making one of these banners for yourself, so we’re giving you the pattern! Download the pattern here—but don’t wait until 2014 to use it! The Cheers Banner can easily be displayed for all sorts of occasions, including birthdays, office parties, or, dang it, just because you had a bad day and need to come home to something bright and happy.

Pick up a copy of Heart-Felt Holidays today at BN.com or your local bookstore, and get tons of craft ideas for special occasions throughout the year!

Here’s to a cheery 2013!


Charity Crafting Giveaway: Quilt It with Love prize pack!

January 04, 2013, 11:41 am  Posted by Lark

This year, did you make a resolution to better yourself? Maybe you’re planning to exercise more, to indulge less (oh, sweet holiday goodies!), to learn a new craft, or to volunteer more. As always, we’re here to help! Kick-start your charity crafting resolution with Project Linus, an amazing organization that provides handmade quilts and blankets to children who are sick, traumatized, or otherwise in need. There are lots of ways to get involved. You can donate blankets, your time, your energy, and more.

And to get you in the spirit, we’re giving away a Quilt It with Love prize pack, including the book, a stack of charm packs, and some goodies from Project Linus. To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EDT on Thursday, January 10. Any comment is fine, but we’d love to hear about your new years resolutions, especially the crafty kind. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and announced by Friday, January 11. Click here for the official rules.

Thanks to everyone who commented: your 2013 resolutions are so inspiring! The winner of the prize pack has been contacted. Stay tuned this month for more Quilt It with Love goodness!!


Frosted Winter Etsy Finds

January 04, 2013, 11:24 am  Posted by Lark

With all the newness of the New Year—resolutions, fresh starts, intentions—and with all the frosty, snowy weather so many of us enjoy, I thought it would be nice to gather some pretty winter-white-inspired images. These frosted finds, from beautifully understated white stoneware vases to the more literal Robert Frost quote, capture (for me) that sweet new feeling of these early days of 2013.
Thanks to the talented Etsy artists featured below for creating such lovely work!


winter woodland photoWinter White Woodland Landscape Photo :: gbrosseau


vintage brass locketVintage Brass Locket :: FleurAurela


clutch purseSilver Pods Clutch Purse :: redrubyrose


white stoneware ceramic vasesWhite Stoneware Vases :: sheilasart


photo of tree in winter fieldWinter White Field Fine Art Photography :: JennDiGuglielmo


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