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Merry up your space with free Christmas Felt Projects!

November 29, 2013, 11:00 am  Posted by Lark
 

If you’re ready to deck the halls with merry felt creations, we’ve got you covered…and your hall and your mantle and your doorway! Here’s a handful of our favorite Christmas felt projects, perfect for your pumpkin-pie-fueled, Christmas-music-inspired crafting! From left to right, top to bottom:

Penny Rug Bouquet by designer Lisa Jordan

Mistletoe Kissing Ball by Me!

Hexy Stocking by Me!

Paisley Power by designer Cathy Ziegele

Woolen Tree Trio by designer Lindy Cline

String of Stars by Catarina Filipe

Felt Blooms Wreath by designer Jennifer Fitzsimmons

Cheery and Bright Stocking by Laura Howard

 
 
 
 
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A Crochet GIVEAWAY!

November 26, 2013, 05:00 am  Posted by Lark
 

 

 

Enter for a chance to win all four copies of the fabulous crochet books shown above! 

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our randomly selected winner, A.H.K.!

Last year, I made a mid-year’s resolution to learn to crochet. This year, I kept it. Crocheting is so much fun, and I’ve already made the Skinny Scalloped Scarf from Crochet Love and the Chunky Ribbed Scarf from Crochet Boutique.

Because it’s the holidays, and because Lark loves you, and to celebrate the one resolution I’ve followed through with in the last 20 years, we’re giving away a sweet little bundle of four Lark crochet books to one lucky winner! Simply enter a comment below, and you could win a copy of Crochet Love, Crochet Boutique, AmiguruME, and Crochet Garden.

Whether you’re a newbie crocheter like me or are already accomplished with the hook, you’ll find a wide range of projects in these books: fresh, modern wearables and accessories; sweet, zakka-inspired, simple-to-stitch projects; amigurume people you can create in any shape or size; and lovely, floral-inspired motifs for any season. 

How can you enter for a chance to win this essential collection of crochet books? Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 5. Any comment will do, but why don’t you tell us about any holiday crochet projects you have in the works? One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and announced on Friday, December 6. Click here for the official rules. 

 

 
 
 
 
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500 Series Giveaway: Lark Jewelry and Beading Books

November 25, 2013, 12:10 pm  Posted by Lark
 

 

 

The holidays are officially here, so we’re channeling Santa: In the spirit of the season, we’re giving away ten jewelry books from our 500 series. One lucky person will win the fabulous stack pictured above, which includes the newest entries in the series (Showcase 500 Art Necklaces and Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry), as well as old favorites like 500 Wedding Rings.*

To enter for a chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59 EST on Sunday, December 1. One winner will be selected at random, and the results will be announced on Monday, December 2. Please click here for the official rules. This giveaway is now closed. A winner has been selected. Thanks for entering!

*Gingerbread man not included.

 
 
 
 
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Diane Fitzgerald’s New Book = 2 GIVEAWAYS

November 22, 2013, 07:55 am  Posted by Lark
 

Diane Fitzgerald‘s new book, Shaped Beadwork & Beyond, released a few weeks ago. This follow-up to Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork features 40 projects—count ‘em…40!—and almost every one of them is accompanied by instructions for variations. It’s a mind-boggling array of beautiful beaded jewelry for you to make!

There's the Temari Beads...

...and the Five-Pointed Star...

...and the Moorish Tile Beads...

...and the Pillow Beads...and that's just the tip of the beadberg!

And because it’s that time of year, in this posting we’re doing not one, but TWO giveaways!

GIVEAWAY #1: One lucky person will win two copies of Diane’s NEW book, one to keep and one to give to a friend (or, well, that’s what I’m assuming you’ll do; you could give both of them away, or keep them both, or whatever you like!)

Giveaway #1

GIVEAWAY #2: The other happy winner will get one copy each of all three of the books that Diane has published with Lark: Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork, Diane Fitzgerald’s Favorite Beading Projects, and Shaped Beadwork & Beyond.

Giveaway #2

Getting in on this giveaway couldn’t be simpler. To be eligible, simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, December 1, 2013. Two winners (one for each of the giveaways described above) will be selected at random from among all eligible entries on Monday, December 2, 2013. Click here for the official rules.THE GIVEAWAY IS OVER. THE WINNER OF GIVEAWAY #1 IS SHARON MCKIM OF LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO. RESULTS OF GIVEAWAY #2 ARE PENDING.

 

 
 
 
 
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Book Play: GIVEAWAY (THREE Winners!)

November 20, 2013, 13:13 pm  Posted by Lark
 

Lark Crafts Handmade Holidays Have you checked out Book Play yet? Accomplished book artist and teacher Margaret Couch Cogswell offers up more than 20 wildly creative interpretations of the handmade book in this beginner-friendly, illustration-rich resource. Looking for a great gift for that creative friend who loves to play with paper, mixed media, and more? We think this may very well fit the bill. Check out this preview post telling you more about the book. And try one of the two great free downloadable projects we’ve recently offered: The Happiness Ticket Book and The Matchbox Book.

The holidays are making all of us feel a little more generous than normal. And when you add books AND beautiful handmade items to the mix, well, there’s a whole lot of joy to go around. I’m offering up THREE giveaway packages. Yes, you read that correctly. Each set will include a copy of Book Play and an actual project from the book made by Margaret. The three projects are featured in the images below. We will randomly select which of the three projects each of the winners will get. Leave a comment on this post telling us which of the three you would prefer to have by midnight EST on Tuesday, November 26. We will choose three names at random from all the eligible comments  and will announce the winners on Wednesday, November 27. Please click here for the official rules. This giveaway is now closed. We will post the winners soon.

REPURPOSED SURFACE NOTEBOOK

TRAVEL COMPANION

MARGARET’S JOURNAL / HALF FULL JOURNAL (without display box)

 
 
 
 
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Book Play: Free Project Download

November 19, 2013, 14:28 pm  Posted by Lark
 


The holiday season—quite possibly the craftiest time of the year—is here again! If you’re planning to go the DIY route with your gifts this Christmas (and we wholeheartedly encourage you to do so), then pick up a copy of Book Play: Creative Adventures in Handmade Books. In this accessible how-to guide, Margaret Couch Cogswell (Asheville’s resident book-making genius) shares inventive ideas for making practical yet pretty notebooks, fun accordion books, and innovative journals, all of which can be customized to suit the lucky recipients on your gift list. In addition to traditional bookmaking projects, you’ll find plenty of out-of-the-ordinary options, including books on wheels, a book ball, and a book that can be worn on the head!

To set the mood for a crafty Christmas, we’re offering a free project from Book Play. The clever little Matchbox Books shown above are perfectly sized for stuffing stockings. Download the free instructions here.

You can find Book Play at Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold.

 
 
 
 
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Candie Cooper INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY

November 18, 2013, 09:23 am  Posted by Lark
 

Candie Cooper and I have just finished working on her wonderful next book with Lark, Earringology: How to Make Dangles, Drops, Chandeliers & More. This follow-up to Candie’s previous offering, Necklaceology, will be available in June but can be pre-ordered now. I recently sat down with Candie to ask her a few questions on a range of topics.

Lark:  Candie, as you may not know, in a former life I used to catalog phone conversations for the National Security Agency. A couple of my former colleagues have informed me there was a unicorn sighting recently in north central Indiana where you live. What can you tell me about that?

Candie:  You did?!? That’s crazy. But yes! There was a unicorn sighting on Halloween weekend here in town. In my backyard actually! Ok, it was me. My husband got us horse and unicorn masks to wear for Halloween this year. They were creepy and fun and strange all at the same time. I made a special crystal rainbow necklace to wear with it. It was pretty fun!

Lark:  I see. A lot of horsing around, I imagine. So now that you’ve wrapped work on your latest writing effort, you must have all kinds of time on your hands, right? What are you up to when you’re not sleeping late and watching daytime TV?

Candie:  I actually do tune into Rachel Ray and listen while I work. I like her. But I’m onto the next series of projects, working on some top secret product development stuff (ask your NSA buddies about it), new book ideas, and filming craft videos for different craft companies. I’m also doing a lot of holiday projects for Plaid’s website, Paint Me Plaid.

Oh, and how did I almost forget  . . . I’ll be representing Beadalon and Jewelry Television to teach on a Country Music Cruise leaving from Fort Lauderdale in January.

Lark:  That’s a full agenda! Now, in all seriousness, tell me why you were excited to write a book telling your readers how to make beaded earrings. (By the way, they are all really pretty, and the instructions are easy to follow, the materials are readily available, and the photos in the book are fantabulous. But of course, in the spirit of full disclosure, I must make it clear that I work for the publisher—and also never really worked for the NSA, but as a running joke it’s a fun story to imagine.)

Candie:  Well, writing books is kind of like watching a good movie that you don’t want to end. I loved it when I was offered the opportunity to write Earringology, which is the sequel, so to speak, of Necklaceology. Plus, earrings are so instantly gratifying. Most anyone can make them in an evening, and that always feels good. I also had more techniques and new tools I wanted to share with people!

Lark:  It’s mid November. All thoughts turn to the coming holiday gift-giving season. What are a couple of the favorite items you’ve made in the past as gifts?

Candie:  I love making beaded beads into pendants and earrings with Swarovski crystals. They’re especially great around the holidays. In fact, here’s a link to my blog tutorial.

For my family, I usually make everyone an ornament. This year it’s going to be stenciled burlap ornaments with everyone’s initials on them immersed in glass. Sounds weird, but trust me, they’re cool! Should I be worried any of them are going to see this?!

Lark:  Well, we want as many people as possible to see this blog, but I’ll talk to my buddies at the previously mentioned top secret government agency and have them monitor your family’s internet traffic. We won’t let them near larkcrafts.com.

Other than telling us to start making projects ten months ahead of time, what advice or thoughts can you offer about making your own gifts for the holidays?

Candie:  Mmmmmm, keep it simple. I’ve learned over the years that if I try to make everyone something really involved, it gets tedious and exhausting. Holidays are supposed to be fun! If I do make something tedious, it’s usually for my mom (because she is AWESOME). My second tip is to wrap your gift as pretty as possible (but still simple). The presentation is just as much part of the gift (at least for me it is). I love tying a sprig of evergreen onto packages with a lace ribbon.

Lark:  Speaking of gifts, we are offering up two sets of signed copies of Metalworking 101 for Beaders and Necklaceology. Just leave a comment on this post telling us about an piece of beaded jewelry or any handcrafted item you made as a gift for someone by Tuesday, November 26 at noon EST. We will choose two names at random from among all eligible comments and will announce the winner on Wednesday, November 27. (Click here for the official rules.)

Candie:  Woot!  Woot!  THAT is a great idea! I’m all for it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candie Cooper is the bestselling author of Metalworking 101 for Beaders and Necklaceology. In addition, she is a featured guest on the popular PBS series, “Beads, Baubles, and Jewels.” Currently working on product development for the jewelry industry, Candie also designs new products for craft companies and teaches creative beading workshops. Visit Candie’s website for the latest on what Candie’s been up to lately.

 

 
 
 
 
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Crochet Gift Roundup with Free Bunting Project!

November 15, 2013, 09:28 am  Posted by Lark
 

There’s still time to stitch your holiday gifts! Or at least, let’s tell ourselves that and not freak out yet. Today, I’m sharing some quick-to-crochet gifts (with links below, if available) plus a free project download from Crochet Love: the Bunting with Hearts! Full disclosure: this is also my holiday to-do list! I’ve finished the bunting and the leg warmers…next up: gauntlets!

From left to right, top to bottom:

Scrapadelic Scarf by Elizabeth Trantham
Free pattern here: http://crochetincolor.blogspot.com/2011/12/scrapadelic-scarf.html
I want one for me…and all my friends!

Little Oma Slippers by Tara Murray (Mamachee)
Pattern here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/119283078/instant-download-crochet-pattern-little?ref=shop_home_active
A pair in every color for little Ruby….check!

Heart Purse by Jenny Doh
From Crochet Love
This is just the sweetest little purse. I can see Ruby carrying all kinds of things in it…well, mostly goldfish.

Buntings with Heart by Jenny Doh from Crochet Love
Free download here: Bunting with Hearts
A set in pink and lime green for my mom’s camper – done!

Blue Round Whale by Teresa Alvarez
Free pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/blue-round-whale
Something I’d make for Ruby that I’d really want for myself.

Crochet Popcorn Hat by Vanessa Ewing (on Plymouth Yarn Blog)
Free pattern here: http://blog.plymouthyarn.com/2012/12/14/dreambaby-dk-crochet-popcorn-hat/
I know Ruby won’t wear them (or for very long anyway), but I don’t care!

Greta Gauntlets by Lion Brand Yarn
Free pattern here: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90651AD.html
Got a couple pairs in the works as teacher gifts.

Little Girl Legwarmers by A Crafty House
Free pattern here: http://www.acraftyhouse.com/2012/01/free-little-girl-crochet-legwarmer.html
I absolutely love this pattern! Already made in pink and gold sparkles!

Brooklyn Boot Cuffs Pattern by Crochet Dreamz
Free pattern here: http://crochetdreamz.blogspot.com/2013/09/brooklyn-boot-cuffs-free-crochet-pattern.html#.UoU0SSSAEjV
Boot cuffs are everywhere! And I love this simple pattern, especially in a bold color.

Roller Coasters by Kirsten from Sheep and Lemons
Free pattern here: http://haakmaarraak.nl/free-pattern-roller-coasters/
The perfect resting place for a holiday bev…

Mini Hat Trick (Baby Aviator) by Lion Brand Yarn
Free pattern here: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70501AD.html
Matching ones for me and Ruby, please!!

 
 
 
 
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GIVEAWAY: Craft Your Life & Needlearts Collection!

November 14, 2013, 06:00 am  Posted by Lark
 

I’m supposed to be doing a sewing book collection giveaway, but when I went to choose the titles I simply couldn’t limit it to just the one subject! There are knitting, crocheting, sewing, doodling, crafting with kids, paper folding, quilting, and jewelry making titles. Keep the entire collection for yourself, or gift the titles that are already on your bookshelf.

We’re offering up the entire 16 title collection pictured below to one lucky person. To enter for a chance to win simply leave a comment on this blog post by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 19. One winner will be selected at random and announced on Wednesday, November 20. Click here for the official rules. Good luck!  This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Rene!

One + One Hats

One + One Scarves

Doodle Stitching Embroidery & Beyond

Aimee Ray’s Sweet & Simple Jewelry

Crochet Garden

Pretty in Patchwork Holidays

Adventures in Pompom Land

Crochet Boutique

Stitched Blooms

AmiguruME

Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go

Stuffed Animals

Crochet Love

Craft-a-Doodle

Hand in Hand

Paper Pups

 
 
 
 
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GIVEAWAY: Sweet Confections and Lollipop Kit

November 12, 2013, 17:51 pm  Posted by Lark
 

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Hi everyone! I am here to give away a book and some candy-making supplies. Someone is going to win won everything in this photo:

 

Table not included. ;)

I was just chatting with one of the many awesome women who work here at Lark about homemade holiday presents, and how to give gifts that are thoughtful and full of love without spending a fortune. We talked about all sorts of ideas, from little potpourri sachets and holiday tea blends to infused vodkas and butters.

Well…what about candy? Like liquor lollipops, sugarplums, nougat, truffles, or candied ginger, for example? It does make a great gift. You could give a whole box of chocolate stars to each of your very favorite chocaholics, or maybe make one or two batches of fudge to cover all of your acquaintances. No wait, that came out wrong. Don’t cover them in fudge. Give them each a little square of fudge wrapped in cellophane and festive fabric and tied with a rustic little piece of twine.

And of course, homemade candies make a really special contribution to a party! Bring a tray of Peach Turkish Delights to a pot luck and wow everybody. Or better still, clean the house, throw a party yourself, cook all the food, make homemade candy on top of all that, and go to sleep exhausted but satisfied that you fed everyone well and made them really happy.

The giveaway includes everything you need to make lollipops (except the saucepans):

One copy of Sweet Confections by Nina Wanat

A candy thermometer

A silicone spatula

Five lollipop molds (each one makes five lollipops)

150 lollipop sticks

The book includes 40 confection recipes, including three outrageously tempting lollipop recipes: Salted Chocolate Caramel, Coffee, and Liquor! Once you get the hang of this thing, you can make up your own recipes! I personally can’t wait to start making herbal lollipops–lemon balm, rosehip, maybe an echinacea and elderberry one for cold season…

Aaaaanyways, just comment on this post. Tell us by 5:00 PM EST on November 22nd: What is your favorite homemade gift to give or receive? Or maybe there’s one you want to make, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. We’d love to hear your ideas! And one lucky, random winner will get the goodies! Please click here for the rules.

We have a winner: Congratulations to Flo in New York, and a huge thanks to everyone who commented! Happy holidays!