Reader Feature: Rose Candela Moore

June 28, 2013, 13:46 pm  Posted by Lark

We at Lark have been so thrilled with the success of Creative Lettering, an inspiring and colorful guide to creating artful letters and making your words as expressive visually as they are linguistically. Crafters, artists, and doodlers alike have loved it. It only published a couple of months ago, and we’ve already sold out of it twice!


Well, a while back, in celebration of the book’s release, I asked to see the creative lettering that our readers were doing. Now, I want to take the time to feature some of those incredibly talented artists, starting with Rose Candela Moore. Her beautiful, dream-like drawings often feature lettering in the form of inspiring messages, repurposed book pages and ads, and thought-provoking compositional elements. Here are a couple of teasers:

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Foxy Epoxy GIVEAWAY!

June 24, 2013, 19:00 pm  Posted by Lark

As we mentioned earlier in this sneak peek post, we are very excited about the publication of our new book Foxy Epoxy by beading dynamo Kristal Wick. Beaders, jewelry artists, and crafters are enthusiastically embracing this versatile, self-hardening new material as a fun new addition to their creative arsenal. Just imagine what YOU could make!

We are so thrilled about this book and eager to capture your attention that we will be hosting two–yes, two!–giveaways over the coming weeks.

This week we are offering you a chance to win author Kristal Wick’s beautiful Charmalicious Bracelet / Necklace. Featuring epoxy clay beads dusted with mica and glitter and embedded with sparkling crystal chatons, it’s a gorgeous creation in shimmering blues, coppers, and silver. Think of this piece as a dynamic fashion chameleon: Wear it as is as an eye-catching bracelet; or add a simple chain, silk ribbon, or cord to the S-hooks to transform it into a stylish necklace.

Comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of Foxy Epoxy and the lovely Charmalicious Bracelet/ Necklace project featured in the book. Simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 1, 2013. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries on Tuesday, July 2. Click here for the official rules. This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Sharon in Alaska!

Keep your eyes posted here for another fabulous Foxy Epoxy giveaway to be posted next week!


Embrace Eyelet!

June 24, 2013, 11:00 am  Posted by Lark

I’m having a summer romance with eyelet. A small hole usually lined with fabric, leather, or even metal, eyelet has been around forever — but this season it seems to be getting a modern update and can be seen in everything from hip jewelry to pretty home décor, trendy paper crafts to adorable baby toys.

My infatuation with eyelet stems from a combination of nostalgia (here’s looking at you, little yellow sundress circa 1978) and the fact that it’s perfect for this time of year (holes = built-in air conditioning!). And unlike my crushes of summers past (Sun-In, that boy who drove the Camaro, pink jelly shoes), eyelet doesn’t result in icky hair, tears, or unnecessary sweating.

Check out the fabulous Etsy eyelet finds gathered below, then have a cool, relaxed summer by saying yes to eyelet (and no to those Camaro-driving lotharios).


From left to right:

Yellow Plaid Dish Towel with Eyelet Trim by LeahsHeart

Eyelet Ring from missyindustry

Giraffe Skirt with Eyelet Ruffle Trim from Little Maisie

Sterling Silver Eyelet Post Earrings from ErinAustin

Eyelet Fabric Bundle from EmbellishedLife2

Sterling Silver Eyelet Lace Necklace from ErinAustin

Zorie Yellow Eyelet Blouse from nilsapuig

White Eyelet Pillow Cover from Sewninspirations

Limeade Stand Dress from Modcloth.com

Orange Eyelet Summer Sundress from kimeradesign

White Eyelet Lace Summer Dress from SevenBlooms 

Vintage Eyelet Half Apron from ButterCupMom



TNNA Craft Fair Book Giveaway

June 21, 2013, 08:49 am  Posted by Lark

The TNNA Summer NeedleArts Trade Show is taking place June 22-24th at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. To celebrate this upcoming event, we are hosting a book giveaway of some of our best Needlearts titles. Here is what the lucky winner will receive:



Comment on this post for a chance to win all ten books shown above. Simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 24, 2013. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries on Tuesday, June 25. Click here for the official rules. Thanks to everyone who commented! This giveaway is now closed: a winner has been selected and contacted. Please check back for more chances to win!

The 10 books are:

One + One: Scarves, Shawls & Shrugs

One + One: Hats

Crochet Garden

The Joy of Sox

Crochet Bouquet

Crochet Boutique

Custom Crocheted Sweaters

Lacy Little Knits

Modular Knits

The Stitch Collection


When I attended Bead&Button in 2011, I was absolutely bowled over by the pieces on display in the Bead Dreams showcases. One necklace that really wowed me was Helen of Troy, by French beader Anneta Valious. Not only was it luxe and gorgeous, but I couldn’t figure out how it was made. I wanted to know more about this technique and I figured other beaders would, too, so I asked Anneta to be an author, and here we are, a year and a half later, with her book, Soutache, just hitting stores.

Want to find out more about Anneta and her lovely jewelry? Read on! All photos in this blog are by permission of the artist, and any errors in translation are mine…

What is soutache?

Soutache is a type of trim or gimp, and more specifically a flat braid with a groove down the center. Soutache began to be embroidered onto garments beginning in fifteenth-century France, becoming quite popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Soutache enjoyed a brief resurgence during the macramé craze of the 1970s. Today, it’s used mostly to embellish lampshades. It’s less well known for making jewelry. [But wait until crafters get their hands on Anneta's book: that's going to change things! --NM]


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Father’s Day Manly Moustaches Project

June 14, 2013, 11:24 am  Posted by Lark

Father’s Day is only days away, what better way to celebrate Dad’s special day than with felt moustaches that you can make not only for Dad, but the entire family! This project is very easy to make with few materials, and doesn’t take much time either. So grab some felt, thread, and elastic and start making moustaches! Download the free PDF here: Manly Moustaches

The Manly Moustaches project comes from the book Heart-Felt Holidays. If you enjoy making felt projects and things for holidays, this is the book for you.

I hope everyone has a safe and memorable Father’s Day!


Sneak Peek: Foxy Epoxy

June 14, 2013, 11:07 am  Posted by Lark

Aren’t we all on the lookout for the latest trends and products, eager to get our hands on some fun new tool or material? Well, have you heard of epoxy clay? This hot new material has vast creative potential. Just mix, model, embellish the self-hardening synthetic clay (no need for baking or firing), and flaunt! The clay comes in a wide range of colors and there is zero shrinkage. Once cured, epoxy clay is permanent, even under water. It adheres to a huge variety of surfaces: wood, metal, ceramic, glass, plastics, and stone. It’s now available at craft stores, bead shops, and online. Our exciting new book, Foxy Epoxy, written by dynamo Kristal Wick, offers up a thorough and inspiring introduction to the material.

There are 44 projects–by Kristal and leading craft and jewelry designers–that demonstrate how beautiful and diverse the results can be. Mix custom colors. Cast beautiful cabochons. Makeover salvaged jewelry components. Apply other stunning embellishments including beads, mica, glitter, and wire.

Below you’ll find just a few of the fantastic projects featured in the book. It’s available now, so get yourself a copy to see more! And keep your eyes here for an upcoming you-don’t-want-to-miss-it giveaway featuring the book.


“I ADORE this book! I couldn’t put it down! Cover to cover I loved the projects, and the inspiration popped off the pages. I applaud Kristal and all the fabulous designers for taking this medium and making it classy, funky, and so much fun.” – Sherry Serafini


“This is a gem of a book! If you’re in need of inspiration and ideas for your epoxy clay creations, look no more. Foxy Epoxy featured work by today’s top designers and is filled from cover to cover with ideas that will keep you creating until all hours. I promise!” – Mark Montano




Sneak Peek: Book Play

June 13, 2013, 15:07 pm  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

You would think that around a publisher’s office, we’d adhere to a pretty strict definition when answering the question: “What is a Book?” However, as book nerds, nothing makes us happier than seeing the book’s form pushed to its outer limits. Pairing simple materials (paper, thread, wire, fabric, found objects, paint) and her own unique style, Margaret Couch Cogswell does just that in Book Play.

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Sneak Peek: 500 Paper Objects

June 10, 2013, 13:16 pm  Posted by Lark

Lark  papercrafts: Our adoration goes way back. A browse through the Lark archives traces our passion for paper to 1992 and the publication of a no-frills how-to title called Papermaking for Basketry and Other Crafts. We’ve been pushing paper as a creative medium ever since through a wide variety of titles that testify to the material’s broad appeal:  Kirigami MenagerieCreative Cardboard, Paper Blooms, Quick and Easy Paper Crafts, the list goes on.

Our latest paper-related release shows just how far the medium has come in the past two decades. 500 Paper Objects: New Directions in Paper Art is the ultimate tribute to the material, a breathtaking overview of creative work in paper from an international group of artists. Taking the medium in unexpected directions, they’ve designed cutting-edge brooches, delicate dresses, sophisticated sculptures, complex installations, and more. Check out the images below, and you’ll see why—whether folded, woven, or cut, cast, stitched, or painted—paper is proving to be the medium of the moment.

French Bills Brooch by Clare Hillerby

Deep by Anita Wolfenden

 Envelope Piece #15 by Kristiina Lahde

Dressing Gown for Feminine Warrior #2 by Carol Ann Rice Rafferty

You can find 500 Paper Objects at Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold.


Happy National Donut Day!!!

June 07, 2013, 14:10 pm  Posted by Lark

Sweet, delicious, yummy donuts. Or if you’re a purist: doughnuts. Plain, with chocolate frosting, cake, cream or jelly filled, with sprinkles, any way you can get them, you know you love them. To help you show the world your donut love, here is a list of some of our favorite Etsy projects. And be sure to visit the poll at the end of this post: Krispy Kreme vs Dunkin’ Donuts! And no, I’m not biased. Really. Most importantly, don’t forget to visit your local participating donut shops for a FREE DONUT!!!

donut projects from Etsy

Credits, each column top to bottom starting at left: Chocolate Doughnut Pincushion by cyrillascrochetDonut Ring by shimritaCeramic Doughnut Coin Bank by modclayNeedle Felted Jelly Doughnut Ornament by fuzzefoodScented Sprinkled Strawberry Donut Necklace by BabyLovesPinkDonut Pillow by mypillowfactoryStack of Donuts Miniature Clay Figurine by InkedGoddessDonut Fascinator Headband by prettygoodthingsChocolate Frosted Donut Studs by shayaaron Solid Glass Mini Chocolate Donut Paperweight by TheMELTkitchenShameless & Insatiable Wall Embroidery by BackstitchPassPink Donut Bracelet by ZjakazumiSugarstrand Iced Doughnut Brooch by ChuckyEggJewelleryYummy Chocolate Diet Donut Magnet by DanielleLondonDonut Soaps by AubreyEApothecaryA Dozen Donuts Scarf by EEFashionsDonut Stop Dancing Shoes by mnmbeautyemporiumPink Donut Print with Sprinkles Retro Apron by mamamadison


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