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Spring Preview Saturday: Graphic Clay

October 18, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by John Foster
 

I am really excited to introduce one of our Spring 2015 titles, Graphic Clay (March 2015) by author Jason Burnett. As many know, once a clay piece is finished, an artist must then decide how the vessel will be decorated. Should it be stamped or silk screened, or is sgraffito or decals better?

Jason tackles each of the many types of various image transfer techniques for clay and guides ceramists on how to develop their own aesthetics through interviews and galleries from some of today’s well-known ceramists. After an introduction covering the basic tools and materials, dedicated chapters detail the different clay surface processes within slip, drawing, bisque, decal, printing applications, stencils, and screen-printing applications. In addition to introducing readers to the many graphic processes, Jason offers ideas and exercises to encourage development and creative vision for all types of graphic clay decorations.

Take a peek at some of our favorite designs from the book below, and be sure to pre-order your copy today!

 

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Throwback Thursday: Sweet Confections

October 16, 2014, 15:22 pm  Posted by joshredlich
 

Sweet ConfectionsI have a weakness, and it’s candy. I’m constantly sneaking chocolates and caramels, or deciding last minute in the checkout line that I deserve a treat. But even when I’m craving candy and I have nothing on hand, I’ve never once thought that I could possibly make my own from scratch. Even looking at the handmade creations in candy shop windows, I’ve always imagined that they would require a fancy commercial kitchen and state-of-the-art appliances to make. I’ve never been so happy to be wrong.

 

Sweet Confections by Nina Wanat is a gorgeously photographed book with over 40 easy-to-make candy recipes that range from crunchy toffees and lollipops to chewy jellies and taffies, offering plenty of options to satisfy every craving.

 

With her simple, detailed instructions (which require ingredients and equipment that you are sure to have on hand), you will soon be making a wide array of delicious and beautiful sweets that will have your friends either completely shocked or accusing you of lying and purchasing them at a gourmet candy shop. But with recipes that include everything from pumpkin caramels and saltwater taffy to Turkish delight and vanilla cheesecake fudge, Sweet Confections will soon become the only friend you really need.

 

ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF SWEET CONFECTIONS

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, October 22. Winners will be selected by Thursday, October 23. Click here for the official rules. Show us your #TBT love, and we’ll return the favor!

 
 
 
 
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One + OneAre you headed to Rhinebeck, NY for the annual New York Sheep and Wool Festival this weekend? Our friends at Fabulous Yarn in Tivoli, NY will be having a pre-Sheep and Wool party this Saturday, October 18th from 10am to 2pm. The festivities will include a trunk show with finished garments from Iris Schreier’s latest book, One + One: Wraps, Cowls, and Capelets.

Iris will be at the store signing books. Yarn for project kits from the book will be offered at a discount during the event, both in person and online . There will even be goodie bags for first 50 attendees!

Visit Fabulous Yarn at 60 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 or call (866) 514-1127 for more information. And be sure to RSVP on Facebook if you’re planning to attend. See you there!

 
 
 
 
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Playful Hoodies – Pumpkin Basket giveaway!

October 14, 2014, 15:03 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

Playful HoodiesDays are getting shorter, the air is getting cooler, and October is upon us. In other words: it’s time to start planning for Halloween.

 

With trick-or-treating less than a month away, it’s time to start thinking about costumes, especially if you intend to make your own. But how are you going to convince your children that a homemade costume is better than a store-bought one? Well have no fear, because Mary Rasch is here to help.

 

In her new book Playful Hoodies, Mary takes ordinary hooded sweatshirts and transforms them into a variety of incredible costume options. With 25 projects ranging from animals to fairy tale characters, including an owl, a fox, a knight, and Little Red Riding Hood, children won’t be the only ones choosing a playful hoody as this year’s Halloween costume. Best of all, these costume hoodies are comfortable and warm, ridding children of the need for a coat while trick-or-treating.

 

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To help you with your Halloween planning, we’re offering a FREE copy of Playful Hoodies as well as a pumpkin basket filled with all the necessary materials to create your own pumpkin hoody.

 

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Sunday, October 19. The winner will be selected by Monday, October 20. Click here for the official rules. Happy Halloween!

 

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Spring Preview Saturday: Lace Yarn Studio

October 11, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by Deborah Stack
 

coverFor those knitters who adore laceweight yarn, beautiful shawl patterns abound. Yet where do you turn when you’ve had your fill of shawls, and want to explore more uses for your ultra-fine yarn?

 

In Carol Sulcoski’s Lace Yarn Studio (April 2015), 26 stunning projects utilize laceweight yarn in unique and exciting applications. Patterns range from a beaded skirt to a scarf and vest set, providing an exciting new way to experience your favorite fine yarns.

 

Carol J. Sulcoski is a knitwear designer, writer, hand dyer, and teacher. Her books include Sock Yarn Studio (Lark), Knit So Fine (Interweave), and Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarns (Interweave), and Carol’s work has also appeared in such magazines as Vogue KnittingKnitSimpleInterweave KnitsKnitScene, and  Noro Magazine. Carol’s hand-dyed yarn can be purchased at blackbunnyfibers.com

 

Take a peek at some of our favorite patterns from the upcoming title below, and be sure to pre-order your copy today!

 

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Felt-o-ween Giveaway: Punkin’ Treat Pouch

October 10, 2014, 15:21 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

9781454708513_ccvr c#E21EC9 (3)Celebrate the spookiest day of the year by having some crafty fun with our new book, Felt-o-ween!

 

The team behind the popular Fa La La La Felt and Heart-Felt Holidays brings you 40 BOO-tiful decorations and costumes for a festive Halloween. Requiring little or no stitching, these felted projects are 100% beginner-friendly, including pumpkin candy bags, a huggable vampire stuffy, a creepy crawly wreath, and plenty of ears, headbands, and other wearables for revelers young and old. 

 

To help get you ready for Halloween, we’re giving away TWO special Felt-o-ween prize packs with a copy of the book, as well as materials to make your very own “Punkin’ Treat Pouch.”

 

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, October 15. Winners will be selected by Thursday, October 16. Click here for the official rules.

 

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Dress up this Halloween with Playful Hoodies!

October 09, 2014, 17:45 pm  Posted by Deborah Stack
 

Playful HoodiesAs my morning commute becomes colder each day, I find that the comfort of a well-loved sweatshirt can transform a miserable morning into a tolerable one. Although I don’t have many hoodies in my closet, the few that I do own are well-worn and ragged, featuring college names and vacation destinations from years ago.

My love of cuddly outerwear isn’t new—my parents fondly reminisce about my early childhood, when a full-length, rabbit-eared, cotton-tailed onesie was my outfit of choice, regardless of the weather. For almost a year, even on hot summer days, I insisted on pulling up my bunny-eared hood and waddling around in fluffy-tailed fleece.

When Playful Hoodies was released, I couldn’t help but think back on all of the hoodies which have provided warmth and comfort over the years. In fact, our entire craft team was enamored by the adorable hoodies throughout this book! Somehow, we all found our spirit animals or alter-egos had made their way onto the book’s pages.

As we crowded around, ooh-ing and aah-ing over the incredible projects before us, an inspired proposal was made. Brita, a fellow Assistant Editor, let us know that she had already purchased the supplies to make a project out of the book for Halloween. The entire Lark Crafts team instantly and unanimously decided to adopt Brita’s inspired idea, each choosing a hoodie project to craft for Halloween!

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Brita had first pick, and decided to be a gnome. Even before we had made the final decision to take on hoodie projects as a team, Brita’s beard fur was in the mail!

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John chose to be a fox, while Connie chose a raccoon hoodie (her project is featured in another Lark title, Sewn Together, but it is designed by the same author, Mary Rasch).

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Josh, our friend in the publicity department, decided to join us as a wizard. And I, of course, will be a white rabbit—an homage to the oft-worn footie pajamas of my youth.

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We will make sure to post updates of our progress as we craft our celebratory hoodies. Our sweatshirts just arrived in the mail, and the fun is about to begin!

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Be sure to order your copy of Playful Hoodies today and join in on the fun!

 

 
 
 
 
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9781454708506_cvr.inddNow that fall has arrived, it’s finally time for apple picking. I visited an orchard in upstate New York last weekend and picked a bushel of Jonagold, Idared, Empire, and Mutsu apples. With a whole bag of delicious apples at hand, I’ve been on the lookout for some tasty recipes that call for them.

 

Our new title CHIPS: Reinventing a Favorite Food by Chris Bryant (which hits stores today!) offers recipes for three varieties of apple chips: Spiced Apple Chips, Apple and Sage Chips, and a recipe for Baked Ras el Hanout Apple Chips with Yogurt Sauce from guest contributor Ashley English. All three varieties would make a great snack at a fall party.

 

Pick up a copy of CHIPS starting today and try out these apple chips after your own trip to the vineyard! Check out delicious photos of these recipes below:

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Spring Preview Saturday: Stitch Love

October 04, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

Welcome to Spring Preview Saturday! Each Saturday this fall, our Lark editors will be sharing previews of our upcoming titles for Spring 2015. Check back each week to get the latest scoop on what’s coming soon with these sneak peeks from Lark Crafts.

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Stitch love coverLove stitching? Love animals? Well then you’ll definitely want to check out Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small by Mollie Johanson coming this January!

 

The book includes 25 irresistibly adorable projects (the Frozen Yeti Ice Pack is my favorite), plus over 100 beginner-friendly embroidery motifs. The patterns feature a variety of irresistibly cute critters—pets, farm animals, dinosaurs, even mythical favorites like Pegasus. 

 

Check out a few of the wonderful projects below and stay tuned for more on Stitch Love as the holiday season approaches. In the meantime, learn more about Mollie on her blog: wildolive.blogspot.com.

 

Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big and Small by Mollie Johanson will be available on January 27, 2015 and is available for pre-order now.

 

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Week 2 of our CHUNKY KNITS Knit-a-long!

October 03, 2014, 18:58 pm  Posted by Deborah Stack
 

Chunky Knits cover (3)It’s week two of our Chunky Knits Knit-a-long, and we’ve made some great progress on our hats!

 

One of my favorite things about simple knitting patterns is their easy adaptability. I love making small modifications to knitting patterns to help them fit my body and my style. For those who enjoy modifying patterns as much as I do, take a look at the changes I’ve decided to implement in my rendition of the hat.

 

I decided to work with my red Berocco Ultra Alpaca skein, and the little heart buttons I picked out were smaller than the size the pattern recommended. In order to accommodate this change, I decided not to include buttonholes in my garter band (my tiny buttons would have slipped right out). Instead of buttoning the garter flap down, I will sew it permanently in place, and use the buttons as a decorative bonus!

 

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I also decided to slightly change the way that the garter flap is created. Instead of binding off at the end of the final garter row, I bound off at the beginning of the row. This allowed me to begin knitting in the round without cutting and reattaching my yarn!

 

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The pattern we are following can be found here, for those who are just now joining us! There is still one more week to join us in our knit-along.

 

Chunky Knits by Ashley Little will be available starting on October 14th, so be sure to pre-order your copy.