Millie Marotta – Coloring Book Superstar!

October 27, 2015, 15:24 pm  Posted by Lark


Millie Marotta-53 cropSophisticated and incredibly detailed illustrations for coloring have exploded onto the creative scene, appealing to a huge variety of people, both young and old. Millie Marotta is one illustrator who has been at the forefront of the phenomenon. Lark Crafts is the proud North American publisher of her first two coloring books, Animal Kingdom and Tropical World, and is now extremely excited to publish her third beautiful collection of illustrations to color in Wild Savannah, available wherever books are sold on April 2016. Pre-order a copy here!


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Millie, a 37-year-old illustrator and freelance artist, lives in the beautiful seaside town of Tenby in Wales. It was this closeness to nature that inspired her to develop an obsession with all things flora and fauna. The intricate patterns of her work capture this love, and her detailed designs are a natural fit for a coloring book. Amazingly, all her images for the books are drawn by hand!



Adults are rediscovering coloring as a simple way to engage in a creative activity. When we don’t have time to be creative from scratch, the drawings on the page give us a place to start. We’ve found that the simple act of coloring focuses the mind, helping us to reduce our anxiety levels and relieve stress. So, go on—give it a try! Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore. It’s for everyone!

Download a free coloring page from Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom here.


Fall Preview Friday: Origami Furniture

May 29, 2015, 09:00 am  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia

Origami master, and best-selling author, Duy Nguyen creates the ultimate doll’s house using nothing but paper! Origami Furniture fashions complete sets of fabulous miniature furniture for every room, plus accessories.


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There are 25 projects in all, each including detailed and illustrated step-by-step instructions. Spruce-up your bedroom with an origami vanity set, or complete your living room with the perfect paper couch!


Pre-order your copy HERE. In stores September 2015!


Fall Preview Friday: Sew Sweet Creatures

May 22, 2015, 09:00 am  Posted by Brita Vallens

I can’t wait for the release of our upcoming title Sew Sweet Creatures! The book contains instructions for creating 16 adorable plush projects—each with its own accessories.


Anna the Snuggly Llama has a hat, blanket, and booties, Samuel the Superhero Pig is ready to save the day with his cape and mask, the Adventurer Bear has a backpack and camera for his travels, the Owl and Pussycat are ready for a peaceful sleep with a cloud pillow and their favorite book, and Petula Lark, the “mod chick” has go-go boots, a poncho, and a cute retro cap. These are just a few of the cute projects included in this book.


Sew Sweet Creatures will be available in the fall and you can pre-order the book HERE. In the meantime, check out a few images from the book below and visit the designer’s websites to see what they’re currently up to!


Adventurer Bear

Adventurer Bear by Jessica Fediw


Mod Chick

Mod Chick by Suzie Millions


Owl and Pussycat

Owl and Pussycat by Aimee Ray

Snuggly Llama

Snuggly Llama by Mollie Johanson


Superhero Pig

Superhero Pig by Laura Howard 


Cover to Cover 20th Anniversary Edition

May 19, 2015, 09:00 am  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia

Cover-to-Cover photo (3)Shereen LaPlantz’s Cover to Cover (1995) quickly became the definitive guide to art in the bookmaking community.  Twenty years later, the book is still holding its own as a go-to resource.


This special, beautifully revised 20th anniversary edition is now in full color, features updated photography and a fresh interior design.  A comprehensive basics section provides readers with all they need to know to get started.


Readers will learn, step-by-step, how to create, fold, assemble, and stitch a variety of books and journals. Some favorites include two-hold pamphlets, note books, and flutter books.


Be sure to order your copy of Cover to Cover 20th Anniversary Edition today!


Fall Preview Friday: Two Stitches

May 15, 2015, 09:00 am  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia

Two Stitches photoBeadweaving master Rachel Nelson-Smith is back with more colorful and exciting projects using right angle weave and peyote, Two Stitches!


These vibrant bracelets, necklaces and earrings utilize the two most-popular stitches in the beading community.  Her 23 projects feature detailed instructions that illuminate Nelson-Smith’s unique construction.


It’s perfect for the intermediate-to advanced-level beaders! Check out some of the amazing projects and don’t forget to pre-order you’re copy HERE. In stores October 2015!


Check out some of our favorite projects from the book below:



Voldekol Necklace


Borobudus Bangles 




Coastal Crafts photoAhoy for Summer! Creative sewer and mixed-media goddess, Cynthia Shaffer takes us on a nautical crafting extravaganza with Coastal Crafts.


These beachy projects will bring the sea air to your home and make you want to stick your toes in the sand. Seashells, ropes, sea glass and a range of materials and motifs are all incorporated into the projects.


Readers will learn how to weather surfaces, make driftwood and cast sand, creating knotted jewelry, hanging jars and other pieces to celebrate summer all year long.


Check out some of our favorite projects below…


Stitched Fish Garland (2)

 This fish garland adds a seafaring touch to any space. Use it as a baby shower banner even!


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Knotted Coasters (2)

These knotted coasters are my favorite! The colors remind me of the ocean.  Give them as a gift or keep for yourself!


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Ocean pillowsLinen Seashell pillows are just the delicate accent you need to bring the sea to your home.


“Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not”

–James Joyce.


James you are quite right. There’s one thing I’ve always been confident about in my life, and that is that my mother will always be there for me. We’ve fought, we’ve laughed, we’ve shared clothes (well mostly, I’ve raided her closet without returning…sorry Mom!).  My mom is hands-down my best friend.


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With Mother’s Day this Sunday, I’ve been trying to think of something different to give my mom.  Something other than the usual candy or Dunkin Donuts gift card (she literally runs on Dunkin).  Flowers were the first thing that came to mind, but they’re a bit cliché and don’t last nearly as long as we’d like. But then I remembered the book Lark published in 2013, Paper Blooms by artist extraordinaire Jeffrey Rudell.  Paper flowers are such a perfect Mother’s Day gift! They’re colorful, easy to create, and last as long as you’d like.


In Jeffrey’s book, he gives readers 25 projects to dive into. So this Mother’s Day, I’m creating my own equally unique bouquet for my Mom. Below are just some of the beautiful pieces in Jeffrey’s book.


If you’ve been swamped with work or family, and looking for a great gift for Mom, look no further than in your desk drawer! And to all the mother’s out there, have a very Happy Mother’s Day!


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Lark News Links Roundup – May 5, 2015

May 05, 2015, 15:45 pm  Posted by Josh Glickman

Welcome back for another week of our Lark News Links Roundup! This week was another great one for our books, as Animal KingdomBaby Brights, Bound, and Shed Décor were featured in glowing reviews. Take a look through some of the great links below…


Baby Brights on My Central Jersey:

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Pamela MacKenzie’s In Stitches blog shared the “Apple Tree Rattle” project from Baby Brights - perfect for spring! Check it out HERE.


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Animal Kingdom on Colour Your World:


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Kourtney Ann Ferro at Colour Your World shared photos and her review of Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom, which she called “beautifully done.” Check it out HERE


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Bound + Shed Décor on Mom Fabulous:


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Both Bound and Shed Decor were featured on the list of “7 Books for the Mom who Loves to Create” for Mother’s Day. Check it out HERE.


Lark News Links Roundup – April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015, 10:55 am  Posted by Josh Glickman

We’ve put together a roundup of the wonderful coverage our Lark Crafts books received recently across the web. This week, Animal KingdomDesigner Crochet, and Shed Décor were featured in glowing reviews. Take a look through some of the great links below…


Animal Kingdom on Rural Mom:


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Rural Mom featured Animal Kingdom, along with Shed Decor and The Summer Table, in their “5 Fabulous Books for Mother’s Day” roundup. Check it out HERE.


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Designer Crochet on Crochet Envy:


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Crochet Envy celebrated the release of Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s Designer Crochet last week with their review. Check it out HERE.


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Shed Decor on Grand Forks Herald:




In addition to being featured on Rural MomShed Decor also popped up in “Book Notes” on the Grand Forks Herald last week. Read their review HERE.


Crafters Guide Cover (3)This weekend, I’m hoping to finally start painting my new bedroom. It’s a task I’ve been putting off for a while, but I’ve finally resolved to get it done this weekend. Jessica Swift’s The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns has been supplying lots of inspiration for the decoration of my new space, and I’m looking forward to getting the painting done so I can start adding my own patterned and colorful accents to the room.


While I’ve decided to keep the room simple with plain white walls for an airy, open feel (there’s nothing like a crazy move to make you crave simple, clean, open spaces!), I’m hoping to add bursts of color and patterns through furnishings, home décor items, and artwork on the walls.


The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns includes a whole chapter on filling your home with your own patterns. There are tips for applying your patterns to walls and floors, a tutorial on stenciling a border on a wall, and printing on tiles for a floor or walls.


An “In the Home Gallery” offers tons of inspiration for applying patterns to food trays, vases, wallpaper, and fabrics.  Check out a few of the images from the “In the Home” section of the book below and buy your copy of The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns by Jessica Swift here.


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