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GIVEAWAY: Jamie Cloud Eakin Collection

October 30, 2013, 11:53 am  Posted by Lark
 

In celebration of the publication of Jamie Cloud Eakin‘s brand new book, Bead Embroidery Jewelry Projects, we’re offering up a giveaway featuring her ENTIRE collection of extraordinary Lark books: Beading with Cabochons, Bugle Bead Bonanza, Dimensional Bead Embroidery, and Bead Embroidery Jewelry Projects. So fantastic, right? For a chance to win, simply comment on this blog post: any comment will do! Leave your comment/entry by 11:59 EST on Wednesday, November 6th. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and contacted Thursday, November 7th. Click here for the official rules.This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Diana in Wisconsin!

 

 
 
 
 
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Introducing Print Collective

October 28, 2013, 15:00 pm  Posted by Lark
 

If intimidation has kept you from trying your hand at the art of screenprinting, then we have a book for you. Print Collective: Screenprinting Techniques and Projects, a terrific new title by Jenny Doh, provides an easy-to-follow overview of the screenprinting process, from set-up to clean-up. As this user-friendly guide demonstrates, it’s simpler than you think! In addition to fundamental info on procedures and techniques, Print Collective features insights from some of today’s most prominent printers, including Matt Shapoff, Hilary Williams, and Patrick Edgeley, who share their innovative approaches to the craft along with fresh ideas for printing up flyers, T-shirts, greeting cards, and more. The book also offers tips on how to master other printing methods like cyanotype and stenciling, and—to kick-start your creativity—it comes with a CD of more than 200 motifs contributed by the artists.

A few of our favorite projects from the book are featured below. Get inspired and get printing!

 

Card by Anneke Kleine-Brüggeney

 

Print by April Nemeth

Pillowcases by Anneke Kleine-Brüggeney

You can find Print Collective at Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold.

 
 
 
 
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I recently had the opportunity to chat with beading author, teacher, and award-winning designer Kristal Wick to discuss her new book Metal Clay 101 for Beaders. Check out our earlier teaser post about the book here.

What do you find appealing about metal clay as a jewelry material?

I have always love the mixed metal look. Metal clay gives me the opportunity to create my own custom findings and charms in copper, bronze and even sterling silver — such a fashion forward look! I wear a lot of different jewelry styles from simple office wear (in my past life working in a cubicle farm) to outrageous over-the-top wearable art (teaching on a Swarovski cruise) and wanted to capture both ends of the spectrum for my beady peeps! No matter their style, they’ll find something exciting to create in my book to showcase their personal story because I believe that is truly the mission of handcrafted jewelry-to tell a story.

What is your favorite technique to use with metal clay?

Anything with beads! I love combining my love of metal clay with beads (particularly seed beads) since they are my addiction! I wanted to incorporate beads into my metal clay world so they’re equal partners. This book does just that! While I was pondering my initial book idea I did some research and found many of the metal clay books and techniques very challenging and intimidating. I decided to present some very simple techniques even the most basic beginners could succeed at; mix with their beaded jewelry and delight in this expression.

What do you hope readers will get from reading Metal Clay 101 for Beaders? 

I want my readers (particularly beaders) to just go for it. Dive into metal clay and eliminate any fear of trying something new. This is an exciting way to explore and introduce metal clay as your bead stash’s new BFF! Using copper and bronze clay to begin with then moving into silver clay presents a more cost effective way to explore this creative venture and you don’t have to worry about ruining an expensive piece of silver clay for your first project!

 
 
 
 
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Last-minute Crochet Costume: Animal Ears Headband!

October 22, 2013, 14:10 pm  Posted by Lark
 

Okay, crafty procrastinator friends and colleagues: Halloween is upon us! Do you have your costume ready? If not, we have the answer: crocheted bear ears!! Whether you’re pairing them with a full-on faux fur bear suit or planning to don them all day at the office, a la costume lite, these ears (from Crochet Love) are cute, wearable, easily adjustable to create other critters, and, most importantly, stitch up super quick. And isn’t author Jenny Doh too cute in them? Download the instructions below, make them, wear them, celebrate your crochet-donning self, and have a spooky good time!!

Free project download: Bear Ears Headband

 

 
 
 
 
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Free Fast ‘N Easy Halloween Project

October 21, 2013, 08:00 am  Posted by Lark
 

I love Halloween, and I love Halloween decoration ideas—especially if they’re simple and clever. Susan Wasinger, author of Artful Halloween, hits both of those nails directly on the head. For example, her Black Doily Spider Web project is one of those “Now why didn’t I think of that?!” ideas. Armed with doilies, readily (and inexpensively) available at yard sales, and a can of black spray paint,  you’re all set to adorn your dining table—or with the addition of a bit of string, your curtains—with delicate doily webs.

If you have a get-together planned, these webs are sure to impress. Click here for the project instructions.

Oh, and look closely–see those cute little spiders? They’re also in Artful Halloween–so much scary cuteness in one book!

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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As promised, here’s another chance to win a copy of Iris Schreier’s Reversible Knits plus two skeins of silk mohair from ArtYarns! You can use this yarn to create beautiful projects that look good on both sides with six key techniques, some techniques produce different patterns on each side, others produce the same pattern. What will you make if you win?

For a chance to win the book and the yarn, simply comment on this blog post: any comment will do! Leave your comment/entry by 11:59 EST on Thursday, October 24th. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and contacted Friday, October 25th. Click here for the official rules. Thanks for entering, a winner has been selected!

 
 
 
 
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Jamie Cloud Eakin's latest book, Bead Embroidery Jewelry Projects

“Life is too short to wear ordinary jewelry!” That’s what Jamie Cloud Eakin tells us first thing in her newest book,

Bead Embroidery Jewelry Projects, now available for purchase.

So, the question then becomes, “How can I fashion extraordinary jewelry, pieces that add style and excitement to my life?” And that is what Jaime goes about answering in her latest publication that contains 30 creatively embroidered necklaces, earrings, pins, bracelets, and cuffs.

The book focuses on how to design and construct beautiful, unique bead-embroidered jewelry. It tells you what to do—what shape, what colors, what components, and how to do it with photos, templates, drawings, and clear step-by-step instructions. In addition to the practical advice, you’ll find inspiration and ideas for making pieces that stand out from the crowd and proudly tell all who see, “Look at me — I’m extraordinary!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Preview: Metal Clay 101 for Beaders

October 09, 2013, 14:40 pm  Posted by Lark
 

 

For those of you eager to try your hand at the growing medium of metal clay or those of you experienced metal clay artists simply seeking new inspiration, take note.  Metal Clay 101 for Beaders is here to help you make your own custom findings and embellishments using copper, silver, and bronze clay. Beading dynamo Kristal Wick brings you more than 20 projects and endless creative fodder to get you started making your own metal bits and pieces! This beautiful book teaches you how to form the clay and make patterns, how to fire the clay and add patinas, and so much more.

Here is a peek at some of my personal favorite projects:

Keycard Lariat

Peyote Stitch Buckle Bracelet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Puzzle Bracelet

Also be sure to check out the previous book in the series, Metalworking 101 for Beaders by Candie Cooper.

 
 
 
 
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Crochet Love along – week #2 update and GIVEAWAY!

October 09, 2013, 11:42 am  Posted by Lark
 

Welcome to our second week of Crochet Love Along updates! Our projects are starting to look like…well…projects. And some of us are starting to feel the love, sort of.

Shannon (who is making the Skinny Scalloped Scarf): I’m about halfway through my Skinny Scalloped Scarf, and it’s looking…ok. I started to get the hang of crocheting the closed scallops right about the time I finished them. I’ve started on the second part, the open scallops, and I’m sure I’ll get the hang of them right about the time I finish that row. It’s really fun, though, and I’m not expecting perfection from myself. (I’m leaving that to Dawn, who is already on her third project, blast her!) And I’m thinking about which crochet project I want to tackle next. My little girl wants me to make the Missoni-Inspired Necklace for her, so I’ll probably take a stab at it and see what happens!

Dawn (who made the bear ears headband…and moved onto her second and third project already!): I’ve made two hats since last week! I would’ve started crocheting years ago had I known I’m capable. Time for a break, or time to make something bigger/more challenging?

Beth (who is working on the washcloth from the soap saver set): I’m making progress, slowly but surely!

Amanda (who is working on some fishies from the fish mobile): Hey, look…it kind of looks like a fish!! I’m moving slowly but thankfully, these fishies work up pretty quickly. I’d have been done a long time ago, but, admittedly, I keep hopping around to other last-minute gifts: a set of coasters as a wedding gift, a birthday beret for my niece, and an albatross of an afghan (granny squares!) that I started and am determined to finish in time for Christmas. More progress next week, I promise!

And now for the fun stuff… For a chance to win a copy of Crochet Love, simply comment on this blog post: any comment will do but we’d love to hear why you love crochet! Leave your comment/entry by 11:59 EST on Tuesday, October 15th. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and contacted Wednesday, October 16th. Click here for the official rules.

 

 
 
 
 
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Stitched Blooms now available

October 02, 2013, 15:00 pm  Posted by Lark
 

It’s here, folks! Stitched Blooms is officially for sale online and in bookstores everywhere! If you’re new to embroidery, you’ll find that you don’t need a lot of tools to get started—just grab a needle, some cloth, and some pretty floss, and you’re good to go. Novices and seasoned embroiderers alike will find tons of inspiration in Carina’s thorough section on color, and then you can dive right into a project or try one of the 300 gorgeous, flowery motifs featured in the book.

If you missed any stops on the Stitched Blooms blog tour, now’s your chance to check out what other crafters are saying about the book (hint: they love it). Take a look at a few of the projects some of the stitchers created, then purchase your copy of Stitched Blooms here or at your local bookstore, and stitch up your own embroidered masterpiece!

 

Dala Horse by Mollie at Wild Olive

 

Embroidered Blouse by Jo at Feeling Stitchy

 

Baby's Onesie by Rachel at Average Jane Crafter