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Take a Look Inside WEDDING PAPERCRAFTS

March 15, 2016, 11:00 am  Posted by admin
 

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.

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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.

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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.

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Bring on the Luck of the Irish!

March 04, 2016, 12:00 pm  Posted by admin
 

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 admin
 

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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Happy Pub Day to Crochet Geometry!

March 01, 2016, 10:00 am  Posted by admin
 

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 admin
 

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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

 
 
 
 
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Throwback Thursday – Lark Attends CHA!

February 25, 2016, 11:00 am  Posted by admin
 

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!

 

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

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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!

 

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Wedding Papercrafts – Free Project!

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

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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.

 

 
 
 
 
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Guest Post – Cynthia Rutledge

February 23, 2016, 11:51 am  Posted by admin
 

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

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Scenes from Vogue Knitting Live – New York

January 19, 2016, 10:25 am  Posted by admin
 

Vogue Knitting Live – New York has come and gone and here are some of my favorite moments from the weekend.

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Just a few steps past registration and we’ve had our first celebrity sighting—Arne & Carlos! L-R: Carlos Zachrison, me, Lark assistant editor Deborah Stack, and Arne Nerjordet.

 

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My first purchase at Vogue Knitting live is unfailingly from Jill Draper Makes Stuff. Jill can always spot me a mile away in a bright green sweater, although surprisingly I walked away with a sweater quantity of her Windham yarn in a lovely dove grey color called Mourning Dove. I think I have shocked Jill for daring to leap outside of my green safety net.

 

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The most satisfying moment of the weekend was delivering the very first copy of More Lovely Knitted Lace (publishes on April 5th and you can preorder your copy here) to our author Brooke Nico. My camera didn’t capture it, but moments before she was jumping for joy! Fans will remember her first book Lovely Knitted Lace.

 

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Drive-by yarning. I loved seeing so many wonderful gradient options in the marketplace and this set is from Ewetopia.

 

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Marsha of One Geek to Craft Them All combines the best elements of geekdom with fiber necessities. Are you a Whovian in need of a tiny notion bag? She has what you need.

 

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The Lexicorp Superkits are on my to buy/to make list!

 

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We stopped by Nicky Epstein’s table to see the newest dolls and accessories from Enchanted Knits for Dolls. Here is Ms. Epstein with Lark assistant editor, Deborah Stack.

 

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No night is complete without a little knitterly competition. In celebration of Carol Sulcoski’s new book Knitting Ephemera , Vogue Knitting Live hosted a Knitting Trivia Night/Cocktail Reception. From L to R are: co-host Chris Vaccari of Sterling Publishing, Maria Novilla of the Subway Knits podcast, designer Lily Chin, Cynthia – round 1 fan winner obscured behind Lily Chin, designer Amy Detjen, designer Franklin Habit, and co-host and author of Sock Yarn Studio , Lace Yarn Studio, and Knitting Ephemera, Carol Sulcoski.

 

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Winner Franklin Habit accepts the knitting needle tiara and scepter of stockinette for being a font of knitterly knowledge!

 

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Thanks for the fun photo booth, Lion Brand!

 

Until next year VKL! We’ll keep warm in our handknits in the meantime.

 
 
 
 
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Timeless Beadwork Designs is Best of the Month on Amazon!

January 18, 2016, 09:39 am  Posted by admin
 

Congratulations to Lark’s beading all-star, Cynthia Rutledge! Timeless Beadwork Designs was selected as a Best of the Month Pick on Amazon in Crafts, Hobbies, and Home, as well as earning the #1 Bestseller spot in the Beadwork category.

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Be sure to get your copy, which includes all new, never-before-seen projects from one of beading’s finest teachers.