We’ve got a wonderful surprise for all of the Stitch Love fans out there! Author Mollie Johanson has provided us with instructions for an adorable embroidered felt lettuce leaf to go along with the Gleeful Guinea Pig Plush project included in the book. Check out the instructions and how-to photos below to make your own, and please post pictures of your Gleeful Guinea Pig munching on her leaf in the comments section. 

If you don’t already have your copy of Stitch Love, order your copy here.  




The Gleeful Guinea Pig Plush in Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small ended up being one of my favorite projects in the whole book. My sister has claimed this gal for her own, but I thought she looked hungry. Guinea Pigs love lettuce, so I stitched up a felt lettuce leaf for her. And guess what? The Gleeful Guinea Pig loves it!


To make your own, you will need:

Green felt

Green embroidery floss


Tracing paper




 Download the pattern here:

Gleeful Guinea Pig Lettuce Leaf



For each lettuce leaf, cut two leaf shapes from green felt.




Using the tracing paper method given in Stitch Love, embroider the veins onto one of the leaves with back-stitch and three strands of green embroidery floss.




Carefully tear away the tracing paper.




Hold the two leaf shapes together and stitch around the edge with running stitch and three strands of green embroidery floss. Hide the knot between the layers.


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Now you can serve a snack to your favorite stuffed guinea pig!

Stitch love, friends!




Mollie Johanson is the creator of the popular blog Wild Olive (wildolive.blogspot.com) and Etsy store (where she’s sold over 3000 embroidery motif downloads). Her designs have appeared in Heart-Felt Holidays and Felt-o-ween (both Lark), in magazines (including several features in Mollie Makes), and in craft books from other publishers. Mollie lives in St. Charles, IL.


Enter to win a copy of Stitch Love

January 21, 2015, 10:11 am  Posted by Brita Vallens

Stitch love coverStitch Love by Mollie Johanson will be released next Tuesday, January 27!  In celebration of this adorable book’s release, we will be giving one copy away to two lucky winners.

Featuring beginner-friendly embroidery patterns from a rising star in the craft community, the book showcases a variety of irresistibly cute critters—pets, farm animals, dinosaurs, even mythical favorites like Pegasus. There are 25 projects in all, from a hedgehog stroller quilt to a dachshund keyboard wrist rest, plus dozens of motifs.

To enter to win a copy of Stitch Love, leave a comment on this blog post by 9PM EST on Sunday, January 25. Winners will be selected by Monday, January 26. Click here for the official rules. Good luck!




Lark Crafts goes to CHA!

January 14, 2015, 15:21 pm  Posted by Deborah Stack

This past weekend, Connie and I were thrilled to represent the Lark team at the annual Craft and Hobby Association Mega Show in Anaheim, CA.


After two long days of ‘make-and-takes,’ fashion shows, and demonstrations, we came home more inspired than ever by the creativity of amazing crafters from across the country. Two days seemed only enough to scratch the surface! For our readers who weren’t able to attend CHA’s show this year, we’ve included a photo tour below to provide a glimpse into some of the beautiful, funky, and innovative products and crafts featured at the conference.























Stitch Love projects perfect for Valentine’s Day

January 07, 2015, 09:59 am  Posted by Brita Vallens

Stitch love coverWe can’t wait for the upcoming release of Stitch Love by Mollie Johanson! The projects are undeniably adorable, and with Mollie’s clear step-by-step instructions, plus the comprehensive sewing and embroidery basics sections, they’re easy to make, too. To make crafting the projects even easier, a PDF of the templates at full-size will be available for download on the Lark Crafts website.


Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it, and any of the cute projects in Stitch Love would make a great gift for a valentine. Who wouldn’t melt at the sight of the Frozen Yeti Ice Pack or the cuddly Gleeful Guinea Pig Plush? You could also embroider one of the many adorable motifs onto a simple plush heart or the pocket of a cozy sweater (the holiday mouse motif with angel wings and a heart would be perfect!).


Keep checking the Lark website for more on Mollie Johanson and Stitch Love, plus a giveaway or two in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out Mollie’s website: wildolive.blogspot.com and pre-order your copy of Stitch Love today.


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