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Throwback Thursday: Millie Marotta Easter Eggs!

March 17, 2016, 10:00 am  Posted by Ardi Alspach
 

The egg-decorating fun doesn’t have to end after the eggs are dyed. Last year, Martha Stewart Online asked Millie Marotta, illustrator of the book Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom: Color Me, Draw Me , to produce some Easter-themed line drawings for a fun egg decorating project! We’re sharing it with you again so you can take advantage of this free project as you decorate for Easter and Spring this year.

Sources
Durable decoupage finish, by Martha Stewart Crafts, in Matte, $10 for 8 oz.

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Detail scissors
Matte découpage finish and paintbrush
Dyed eggs
Fine-tipped markers
Coloring-book illustrations

STEPS
1. Download and print out Marotta’s coloring-book illustrations. Cut closely around shapes with detail scissors.

2. For each egg, brush back of drawing with a thin coat of découpage finish. Place illustration where desired on dyed egg; smooth down with your fingers.

3. Let dry 1 hour, then color in design with markers.

 
 
 
 
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New Titles from Sixth & Spring!

March 16, 2016, 15:00 pm  Posted by Ardi Alspach
 

The weather is warming up, so now’s the perfect time to get started on summer crafts and activities! Sixth & Spring, our partner in publishing, has some fantastic new books to get you going.

 

Color Odyssey Final CoverColor Odyssey: A Creative Coloring Journey by Chris Garver

From Chris Garver – in-demand tattoo artist, illustrator, and former star of TLCs Miami Ink – comes a richly illustrated coloring book that explores the beauty of nature. Buy it now: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound

 

 

 

9781936096985_ccvrCoverKnitting Ephemera: A Compendium of Articles, Useful and Otherwise, for the Edification and Amusement of the Handknitter by Carol J. Sulcoski

Filled with fun facts and trivia, Knitting Ephemera contains 300 entries covering everything from knitting in history, folklore, and pop-culture to little-known info on wool and sheep. Buy it now: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound

 

9781942021919_ccvr60 Quick Cotton Knits: The Ultimate Collection in Ultra Pima™ from Cascade Yarns® 

Knitters who prefer cotton will embrace this stunning collection, whether it’s because they’re allergic to wool, opposed to using animal fibers, or looking for a lighter material. Pre-order it now: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound

 

 

CoverWee Garter Stitch: Must-Have Knits for Modern Babies and Toddlers by Vickie Howell

From knitting personality Vickie Howell comes an adorable collection of modern baby knits featuring a fresh new take on everyone’s go-to stitch for easy projects. Pre-order it now: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound

 

 

 

Cover - Botanical WonderlandBotanical Wonderland: Fresh Florals to Color and Display by Rachel Reinert

An inviting collection of lush botanical drawings to color, created in mixed-media artist Rachel Reinert’s lovely and distinctive style. Pre-order it now: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Take a Look Inside WEDDING PAPERCRAFTS

March 15, 2016, 11:00 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

We can’t wait for the release of our upcoming title Wedding Papercrafts! With spring finally on the horizon, wedding planning season is at its peak, and the beautiful and unique DIY papercrafts included in this book are sure to inspire. See below for a sneak peek of some of the projects included in the book, and preorder your copy here.

 

Paper Wisteria Branches

Designer: Kathryn Godwin

Inspired by beautiful, lush cascades of wisteria vines, this unique backdrop is a statement piece that will add simple elegance to any wedding venue.

Paper Wisteria Branches

 

Cascading Butterflies

Designer: Jessica Fediw

Adorn chairs with a cascade of paper butterflies to make an elegant statement at a wedding reception.

Cascading Butterflies

 

Vintage Wallpaper Envelope Seals

Designer: Valerie Lloyd

Add pretty accents to invitations and thank-you notes with these heart-shaped vintage wallpaper seals.

Vintage Wallpaper Envelope Seals

 

Recycled Book Page Flower

Designer: Kimberly Bart

Recycle old books and give them a new life by making flowers to attach to gift boxes, napkin rings, place settings, and more.

Recycled Book Page Flower

 

Make-Beautiful-Music-Together Centerpiece

Designer: Sandi Genovese

This three-dimensional centerpiece folds flat for convenient storage after the big event, but makes a spectacular display by simply pulling the front cover around to meet the back cover.

Make-Beautiful-Music-Together Centerpiece

 

Starburst Cake Topper

Designer: Brita Vallens

This elegant, shimmering, Art Deco–inspired cake topper adds an extra layer of personalized charm to wedding reception festivities.

Starburst Cake Topper

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Show Us Your Celtic Spirit

March 10, 2016, 10:00 am  Posted by Barbara Berger
 

COVER 9781454918950_cvr4 FrontWith St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, it’s the perfect time to unwind and celebrate the holiday by coloring beautiful Celtic knotwork designs from our new Celtic Spirit Coloring Book!

The author and artist behind the book, Cleopatra Motzel (also known as Feivelyn) has some behind-the-scenes tips about coloring knotwork:

“The two best examples for traditional knotwork coloring come from the Lindisfarne Gospels and Book of Kells illuminated manuscripts, both produced in monasteries in the British Isles sometime around the eighth century.

 

This is a page from the Lindsfarne Gospels illuminated with knotwork designs, located in the British Library in London:

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Millie Marotta at Michaels

March 09, 2016, 11:00 am  Posted by Ardi Alspach
 

We are happy to announce that Millie Marotta and Michaels arts and crafts stores around the US are partnering up to bring you all of Millie’s best selling products! You can purchase everything Millie both in stores and online in addition to finding Millie’s work in traditional bookstores. Check out the wonderful video below where Millie Marotta explores a Michaels store and talks a little bit about her inspirations.

Buy from Michaels at these links: Animal Kingdom, Tropical World. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Wild Savannah, coming to your store on April 5th!

Mille Marotta at Michaels from Sterling Publishing on Vimeo.

 
 
 
 
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Bring on the Luck of the Irish!

March 04, 2016, 12:00 pm  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia
 

61Ou85QzfeLAs some of you might know from last year’s post, St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal in my family. Over the years I’ve donned everything green, ate all the corned beef and humiliated my friends with ‘Kiss Me I’m Irish’ pins. This year, I wanted to do something different with my affinity for the holiday.

Well, I didn’t need to look very far for inspiration. Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching The Holiday Motif Collection was sitting right on my desk, daring me to get creative. For those of you who haven’t seen this book, I suggest you get your hands on it. It’s filled with over 300 embroidery motifs designed specifically for the holidays and seasons. It even comes with a CD with all of the motifs in simple black lines so you can enlarge, edit or combine them as you like!

The book has the perfect motifs for St. Patrick’s Day. You can add them to tea towels, clothes, tote bags, pillows, and your own personalized cards. Below are a few to wet your shamrocks. I plan on adding that leprechaun to the elbows of my green sweater this year!

You can also download the black lined PDFs of these motifs here: LeprechaunPot of Gold, and Shamrock. Grab a copy for you or a loved one now!

Buy here: Barnes and Noble, Amazon, IndieBound

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Out Now – Creature Feetures!

March 03, 2016, 12:00 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

For all the tiny toes in your life, we have the cutest collection of crocheted baby footwear! Creature Feetures: 30 Crochet Patterns for Baby Booties offers a wide selection of funky footwear, with clear step-by-step photography, in sizes 0-6 months and 6-12 months, and all from a variety of popular crochet designers and curated by Kristi Simpson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

See if you can resist cuteness of this magnitude:

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Millie Marotta Fan Art Showcase

March 02, 2016, 10:00 am  Posted by Ardi Alspach
 

Wild SavannahMillie Marotta’s next coloring book, Wild Savannah, comes out in just over a month! We’ll be celebrating her work all month long, so keep an eye on this space for more to come.

In the meantime, check out these fabulous colored in images from Wild Savannah‘s UK fans! And if you want to keep up with all things Millie, go follow her on Facebook and Instagram! Don’t forget to share your colored in masterpieces by tagging them with #milliemarotta on Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

Pre-order your copy of Wild Savannah at any of the following retailers:
Barnes and Noble
Amazon
IndieBound 

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Happy Pub Day to Crochet Geometry!

March 01, 2016, 10:00 am  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

crochet geometryToday is the official release of Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s newest book, Crochet Geometry.  We’re thrilled with his latest collection of 15 new crochet patterns inspired by geometric shapes. There are cardigans, pullovers, shrugs, and wraps to fit and flatter every body type from sizes small to 5X.

We tip our crocheted hats to Shannon not only for a stellar new design collection, but for his ALA Booklist starred review! An excerpt of the full review that will appear on March 15th:

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“Mullett-Bowlsby (Designer Crochet, 2015) more than proves his chops in crochet design in his latest book that is sure to appeal to the fibercraft audience…The only issue? That there are just 15 designs. More, please.” –Booklist

Please be sure to check out Shannon’s previous book, Designer Crochet, featuring 32 crochet patterns for a complete new wardrobe, again in sizes small to 5X.

Shannon is a master at the flattering fit and the Publishers Weekly starred review agrees with us:

“Contemporary crocheters will be delighted and grateful to have Mullett-Bowlsby’s guide to creating drapey, stylish garments without any of the bulk so often associated with their medium.” –Publishers Weekly

It’s never too early to begin stitching for a stylish spring wardrobe. Pick up your copy of Crochet Geometry today at any of the following retailers!

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

IndieBound

 
 
 
 
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Introducing Crochet Geometry!

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

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“…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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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