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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.  

 

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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

Scissors

Tracing paper

Pencil

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 Download the pattern here:

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

 

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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.

 

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Carefully tear away the tracing paper.

 

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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!

 

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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.

 
 
 
 
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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!

 

 

 
 
 
 
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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.

 

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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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Happy Holidays from Lark Crafts!

December 24, 2014, 09:31 am  Posted by joshglickman
 

Happy Holidays

 

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Lark Crafts!

Looking forward to many new crafting projects in 2015…

 
 
 
 
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We are so excited for January and the release of Mollie Johanson’s Stitch Love, which features beginner-friendly projects for making your own irresistibly cute critters!

 

As an extra bonus to the adorable projects featured in Stitch Love, the book also includes over 100 fantastic embroidery motifs. Some are part of specific projects in the book, as in the case of the rooster and footprint motifs on the Doodle Doo Apron (see image below), but you can also add them to your own projects as well.

 

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The book includes easy-to-follow instructions for using a variety of embroidery stitches, and the motifs are organized by theme—from dinos and woodland critters to fantasy creatures like a unicorn and bigfoot and an assortment of animals from the Arctic and Outback. The motifs which author Mollie Johanson has included in Stitch Love are too cute to resist. You’ll want to stitch them on absolutely everything!

 

Check out a few images of the stitched motifs included in Stitch Love, below, and pre-order your copy today.

 

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Artful Christmas CoverThe elegant yet easy-to-make projects featured in Susan Wasinger’s Artful Christmas are all beautiful, but my favorite project from the book has to be the Pressed Clay Wreath (pictured below).

 

I was really surprised to see how such an ornate and elegant wreath could be made using widely available materials and in just 4 simple steps. Easy to make, yet sophisticated and beautiful, the projects included in Artful Christmas are perfect for those of us who are usually scrambling to pull everything together during the busy holiday season.

 

I’m currently in the midst of an apartment move, and with the usual hustle and bustle that inevitably accompanies the holidays, plus a new apartment full of unpacked boxes on my hands, I won’t be able to spend a lot of time and energy on decorations for the holidays. With this in mind, I definitely plan on scratching my creative itch and making a few of these projects to decorate my new place this Christmas.

 

Check out the Pressed Clay Wreath project from the book below and consider making your own to display as a table centerpiece or decorative wreath.

 

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Spring Preview Saturday: Shed Decor

November 22, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by joshglickman
 

coverI don’t have a shed, but after checking out our upcoming title, Shed Decor (March, 2015), I really wish I did. It’s hard to look at the amazing sheds from around the world that are featured in this book and not wish that you had your own to furnish and decorate. How great would it be to have a cozy space in your garden, away from the hustle and bustle of the main house, to design, furnish and use exactly as you choose?

 

Shed Decor is chock-full of wonderful full-color photographs and tips, tricks, and inspiration for decorating and furnishing the shed that best suits your vision. Whether you’d like a cozy, rustic studio shed, an urban den, or a chic, modern shed, Shed Decor will show you how with the right combinations of colors, fabrics, accessories, and furnishings, you can transform an outdoor building into the shed of your dreams.

 

Check out the awesome shed interior styles featured in the book below and pre-order your copy of Shed Decor today!

 

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Deck the halls with Artful Christmas

November 21, 2014, 15:37 pm  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

Artful Christmas CoverDeck the halls with beautiful handmade Christmas decorations this holiday season!

 

Artful Christmas, by Susan Wasinger, offers 30 elegant DIY Christmas craft projects for the home. Handmade ornaments and decorations make beautiful keepsakes and gifts, and the projects included in Artful Christmas are sophisticated, festive and easy and affordable to make.

 

From a delicate lace Doily Snowflake Bowl, sparkly Marbled Ornaments and charming Lacy Stars for display in frosty windows, to sophisticated gift tags and colorful gift wrapping ideas, the projects included in Artful Christmas are sure to add extra sparkle and warmth to your home this holiday season.

 

Check out a few of the projects from Artful Christmas below and be sure to order your copy today!

 

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Spring 2015 preview from Sixth & Spring!

November 19, 2014, 16:57 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

Here’s a sneak peek at what our friends at Sixth & Spring are doing in 2015!

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Made of high-quality, hand-painted merino, Koigu’s signature yarn is cherished for its wearability, versatility, and stunning colors. The collection of 30 magnificent shawls in WRAPPED IN COLOR (March 2015), all knit with Koigu, will be a must-have for the company’s obsessively loyal following! With patterns in all weights, from ultra-luxe lace to popular bulky yarns, every knitter will find a perfect project!

 

Maie Landra is the founder of Koigu and the Creative Director of Koigu Magazine. Her gorgeous designs are regularly featured in Vogue Knitting and many other publications. She lives in Chatsworth, ON, Canada.

Preorder here:

Barnes & Noble  /  Amazon  /  Indiebound.com

 

 

Layout 1Thanks to its extraordinary hand-dyed colors and luxurious textures, even the simplest garments knit with Noro Yarns look gorgeous. The 30 striking lace designs in NORO LACE (March 2015), highlight the beauty of this cult favorite.  The designs are meant for intermediate-to-advanced knitters, and are all made with Noro.

 

The vivid, elegant projects include hats, cowls, shawlettes, blankets, and more. With this unrivaled yarn, satisfying results are practically guaranteed!

Preorder here:

Barnes & Noble  /  Amazon.com  /  Indiebound.com

 

 

 

Drawing Guide AnimeWith easy-to-follow instructions and inspiration from some of the best anime artists in the world, THE MASTER GUIDE TO DRAWING ANIME (March 2015) by Christopher Hart teaches aspiring artists the essential techniques of original character design – including how to create and draw unique anime personalities and develop their own signature looks.

 

Bestselling how-to-draw author Christopher Hart provides insight into the six most popular types of anime characters: schoolgirls, schoolboys, preteens, vengeful bad guys, humorous characters, and fantasy characters.  He provides templates for each, as well as a wide array of “menus” of head types, body types, outfits, and accessories.  This is the guide every would-be anime artist has been looking for!

Preorder here:

Barnes & Noble  /  Amazon  /  Indiebound.com

 

 

 

Layout 1Every baby needs these knits—and every knitter needs this 60 QUICK KNIT BABY ESSENTIALS (April 2015)!

 

This adorable collection in the bestselling 60 Quick Knits series features easy, creative projects that range from blankets and booties to onesies, cardigans, hats, and toys. Each one is made in cuddly Cherub, a popular, well-priced, ultra-soft acrylic yarn.

Preorder here:

Barnes & Noble  /  Amazon  /  Indiebound.com

 

 

 

 

Layout 1For anyone with manga mania, this guided sketchbook will be an endless source of instruction and inspiration. MANGA DRAWING CLASS (July 2015) by Christopher Hart includes easy-to-follow lessons interspersed with high-quality pages for hands-on practice.

 

Bestselling author Christopher Hart shows how to bring manga’s faeries, warriors, villains, sci-fi figures, and monsters to life! The pad encourages students to sketch right along with Hart, mastering the skills to draw characters’ heads, expressions, bodies, outfits, and dynamic action poses.

Preorder here:

Barnes & Noble  /  Amazon  /  Indiebound.com