1 Comments

Introducing Crochet Geometry!

February 26, 2016, 16:40 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

crochet geometry

“…the designs in this book are a beautiful collaboration between geometry and art.”

–Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

 

These first few words from the Introduction of Crochet Geometry perfectly capture the essence of this collection. From the author of Designer Crochet, I am thrilled to present a brand new collection of 15 fashion forward crochet garment patterns each brilliantly inspired by a geometric shape. The results are accessible garments and accessories with minimal or no shaping, maximum drape, and that are all immediately wearable. All patterns are available in sizes S to 5X!

 

The patterns are divided into four sections: Shrugs, Cardigans, Pullovers, and Wraps. Here’s a sneak peak within each section.

The Sleeve Shrug transforms the simple rectangle into a perfect layering piece to adorn a sleeveless dress for a formal occasion or even a tank top and jeans for a casual night. The feather and fan lace elevates this shrug to a whole new level.

ShrugFinal

 

The Half Circle Cardigan combines the best of circles and triangles to create a showstopping layering piece with dramatic radiating lines to capture any eye. This piece can be worn at least two ways, but your imagination is the limit!

halfcircle

 

The T-Top is one of my personal favorite garments in this collection and features a beautiful basket weave design in a figure flattering design. Here we show this pullover modeled in a size Small and in a 3X.

ttop

 

Finally, the Mainsail Wrap is a wearable and trendy take on the quadrilateral. You can wear this piece right side up or upside down—each way creates a dramatic neckline that you can pin closed or wear open and relaxed.

mainsail

 

Patterns include charted and written-out instructions, schematics with detailed measurements, and a section of special techniques with photo tutorials for the common techniques used throughout the book including the knotless starting chain, locking mattress stitch, duplicate stitch, and end cap finishing stitch.

 

Crochet Geometry officially publishes on March 1st, but some stores have copies available to purchase immediately! To purchase or pre-order, check out the links below.

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

IndieBound

 
 
 
 
5 Comments

Throwback Thursday – Lark Attends CHA!

February 25, 2016, 11:00 am  Posted by Deborah Stack
 

We were so excited to be a part of this year’s Craft and Hobby Association Mega Show! We walked the floor and found so much inspiration in our fellow crafters. Take a look at some of the incredible booths we visited at the show, and then check out the details below to enter to win one of our favorite Lark Crafts titles!

 

2

We’ve arrived! The Anaheim Convention Center was a wonderful host to so many enthusiastic crafters!

3

The eye-catching Lion Brand Yarn booth was honored as the best booth at CHA, and we can see why! We love their installation, including three beautiful spinning wheels, a rainbow of many-textured yarns, and inspirational yarn graffiti artist London Kaye!

 

Continue reading...
 
 
 
 
1 Comments

Wedding Papercrafts – Free Project!

February 24, 2016, 11:00 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 
Invitation from Wedding Papercrafts

Click to enlarge

In celebration of the upcoming release of Wedding Papercrafts, we’re offering a free download of the Paper-Cut Garden Vine Invitation template from the book.

With just a craft knife, some sketch paper, and a backing cardstock in a color to match your scheme, you can create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind keepsake wedding invitation to impress your guests. If you don’t currently have a wedding to plan, consider making these invitations for an “It’s Finally Spring!” get-together.

Find the instructions and template for creating the invitation below, and pre-order your copy of Wedding Papercrafts at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or IndieBound.

 

 

 

Materials & Tools:

• Download: Paper Cut Invitation Template

• One sheet of regular copy paper

• One sheet of colored cardstock, at least 9 x 9 inches (22.8 x 22.8 cm)

• One sheet of white sketch paper

• Craft knife

• Metal ruler

• Cutting mat

• Craft glue

• Small, soft paintbrush

• Tape

Instructions:

Wedding Papercrafts Cover1. Copy the invitation design template onto regular copy paper. Cut the template outline from the copy paper and lay it over the white sketch paper. Use tape to affix the template to the sketch paper to keep it in place as you cut. Be sure to use a cutting mat to protect your work surface.

TIP: If you’ve never used a craft knife before, practice working with the template, cardstock, craft knife, and cutting mat first.

2. Cut along the lines of the design template, using firm pressure to ensure that the blade is slicing through both the thin copy paper and the slightly heavier sketch paper. Take your time and be sure to keep your fingers away from the blade. You can rotate the paper as you go to make cutting in different directions easier. As you move from piece to piece, position the blade below the surface of the two layers of paper on the last cut to “pop” out the paper pieces.

3. When you finish cutting the entire template, gently move your hand over the copy paper to feel the grooves made by the blade to make sure you haven’t missed any lines before removing the design template.

4. Lift the copy paper template from the sketch paper. If a few pieces of the cutout still remain, rescore the lines with your craft knife and gently pull the pieces out. Clean up any jagged or unclean lines with the blade of the craft knife.

5. Using a metal ruler to guide the craft knife, cut the colored cardstock backing 7¼ x 5 ¾ inches (18.4 x 14.6 cm).

6. Brush a thin layer of glue on the back of the paper cutting and affix it to the colored cardstock. Let the card dry, then place it beneath a stack of heavy books to ensure it lays flat.

 

 
 
 
 
2 Comments

Guest Post – Cynthia Rutledge

February 23, 2016, 11:51 am  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia
 

Timeless coverHello fellow bead lovers,

Thank you so much for your interest in my book, Timeless Beadwork Designs. In this book, 15 brand-new projects come together to give you, the reader and beader, a glimpse into my approach to designing and creating beadwork. Historical perspective is my muse.

Whether that muse takes me to Italy to view paintings by Sandro Botticelli or to San Francisco to visit my most favorite painting, “The Girl With the Pearl Earring,” by Johannes Vermeer, documented history and the artisans of their time have left behind amazing works of art and an insight into the lives of those from the past. Whether the painting is a still life and depicts everyday household items or a portrait of a young girl wearing beautiful jewelry, every where I look I find inspiration that could lead to designing a new piece of beadwork.

Each of the projects in my book walk you through the process of designing. First, take a look at each painting and read the historical perspective about each project. Once you have done that, you can easily see what inspired me to design each project. I hope that you enjoy my new book. Below is a glimpse of what you can create! I invite you to visit me on my website at www.cynthiarutledge.net.

Happy beading to all,

Cynthia

Order your copy of Timeless Beadwork Designs at the links below:

Barnes & Noble
Amazon
IndieBound

triptych

 

 
 
 
 
5 Comments

Spring Crafts Overview!

February 19, 2016, 17:09 pm  Posted by Ardi Alspach
 

Happy Friday!

Here at Lark we’re looking ahead at what’s coming up in the Spring. It’s time to start thinking about all of the wonderful warm weather projects and celebrate the end of cold weather!

 

Banners Buntings coverBanners, Buntings, Garlands, & Pennants
by Amanda Carestio & Kathy Sheldon

Festive and eye-catching, banners, buntings, garlands, and pennants add visual fun to almost any time of celebration or space!

 

 

 

crochet geometryCrochet Geometry
by Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby

Crocheters will find the sophisticated designs they crave in this chic, contemporary collection.

 

 

 

Creature Feetures coverCreature Feetures
Contributing editor: Kristi Simpson

These 30 cute crocheted creatures will keep baby feet cozy all year round!

 

 

 

9781454709312_ccvrCraft-a-Doodle Deux
by Jenny Doh

Even non-artists can express their creativity with this fun follow-up to Craft-aDoodle! Curated by Jenny Doh, it offers 73 beginner-friendly projects that combine doodling with a variety of popular crafts.

 

 

Creative Cut CardsCreative Cut Cards

A beautiful handmade card makes any note feel like a gift!

 

 

 

 

wedding papercraftsWedding Papercrafts

From pom bouquets made from the pages of a beloved book to a crepe crown inspired by heirloom rose gardens, nothing personalizes a wedding more than beautiful papercraft decorations.

 

 

 

knitted lace smMore Lovely Knitted Lace
by Brooke Nico

Brooke Nico, author of Lovely Knitted Lace and a nationally known lace teacher and designer, presents 16 new projects that offer a fresh and original take on lace knitting.

 

 

metal jewelry made easyMetal Jewelry Made Easy

by Jan Loney

Metalsmithing can be daunting, but this beautifully photographed and comprehensive guide provides crafters with a gentle, user-friendly approach to metal jewelry-making skills.

 

 

how to createHow to Create Your Own Jewelry Line
by Emilie Shapiro

To develop a successful jewelry line, even very creative designers must learn the fine points of running a business.

 

 

 

hemp macrameHemp Macrame

by Jenny Townley

Kick off summer fashionably with these 20 beachy hemp creations!

 

 

 

pom pomsPaper Pom Poms
by Paula Pascual

Transform your home, garden, or celebration with these 30 beautiful and beginner-friendly decorations.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
42 Comments

Big Jewelry Book Giveaway!

February 10, 2016, 16:23 pm  Posted by Ardi Alspach
 

It’s time for another giveaway! We have two packets of books for two lucky readers with mailing addresses in the US or Canada.

The first packet is for the aspiring metalsmith looking to learn some new skills for jewelry making as well as tips for how to start his or her own jewelry line! The books included in this packet are How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line by Emilie Shapiro, Metal Jewelry Made Easy by Jan Loney, and Making Metal Jewelry by Joanna Gollberg.

Metal Jewelry image

 

The second packet is for the avid beader. The books included are Beading All-Stars: 20 Jewelry Projects from Your Favorite Designers, Seed Bead Chic by Amy Katz, and Earringology by Candie Cooper.

beading covers

 

To enter for both giveaways, simply comment below and tell us about some of your favorite jewelry designers! Winners will be selected randomly on February 17th!

 
 
 
 
1 Comments

Ignite Your Imagination with Chris Garver!

February 09, 2016, 14:55 pm  Posted by Ardi Alspach
 

Color Odyssey Final CoverFrom Chris Garver—in-demand tattoo artist, illustrator, and former star of TLC’s Miami Ink—comes a richly illustrated coloring book that explores the beauty of nature.

With double-sided pages of mostly hand-drawn images, Color Odyssey features elaborate butterflies flitting among gardens of flowers, an octopus in the ocean waves, a fantastic elephant, and many other creatures. Garver’s stunning, intricate drawings will thrill grown-up fans of coloring books.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Chris began experimenting with tattooing at the age of 17 before attending Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts. He has been a full-time professional tattoo artist since moving to New York in his early 20s. He lives in Brooklyn.

Check out the interview below to learn more about Chris and his life as a tattoo artist and coloring book illustrator!

Chris Garver’s Color Odessy: A Creative Coloring Journey from Sterling Publishing on Vimeo.

Narwhal crop