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Free Project: Kinterra Cowl by Carol J. Sulcoski

November 10, 2016, 15:32 pm  Posted by Ardi Alspach
 

KinterraCowl copySelf-striping yarn is increasingly popular with crafters, but many knitters lack the knowledge to work with the yarn effectively. Carol Sulcoski’s latest book, Self-Striping Yarn Studio (Order Here >> B&N, Amazon, IndieBound), begins with a comprehensive technical section that explains how to use and manipulate self-striping yarn, something no previous pattern collection has offered. After reading the accessible instructions and tips, knitters will be inspired to cast on one of 24 new and original designs. Get a taste of what this book has to offer with this free pattern, not included in the book!

button2Kinterra Cowl by Carol J. Sulcoski
Skill Level: Easy

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Approx 81″/206cm long by 6 1⁄2″/16.5cm wide after blocking

 

MATERIALS AND TOOLS

  • Black Bunny Fibers Stripey Sock (75% superwash merino, 25% nylon; 3 1⁄2 oz/100g = 450yd/411m); 1 skein color perky rainbow (A)—approx 400yd/366m of self-striping fingering weight yarn superfine
  • Kraemer Yarns Rachel (100% superwash merino; 3 1⁄2 oz/100g = 425yd/389m); 1 skein color natural (B)—approx 400yd/366m of solid fingering weight yarn superfine
  • Knitting needles: 3.25mm (size 3 U.S.) needles or size to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry needle

 

GAUGE
Approx 28 sts/32 rows = 4″/10cm in Stockinette stitch, before blocking.
Gauge is not essential for this project.

Note: Carry color not in use along edge to avoid breaking yarn.

 

INSTRUCTIONS
First Section:

With yarn A, CO 50 sts. Purl 1 row.

Row 1: With yarn A, k3, yo, k2tog, k to last 5 sts, k2tog, yo, k3.

Row 2: Purl.

Repeat these 2 rows using yarn A.

Change to yarn B and work these 2 rows twice more.

Repeat these 8 rows until cowl measures 27″/68.5cm and ending with Row 8.

Second Section:

Cont in the same manner, working 6 rows in A and 2 rows in B until cowl measures 54″/137cm.

 Third Section:

Cont in same manner, working 2 rows in A and 2 rows in B until cowl measures 81″/206cm.

BO all sts, leaving long tail for seaming.

 

FINISHING

Weave in all ends except long tail for seaming, and block.

Sew CO edge to BO edge.

Note: If you wish, you can seam the cowl; give the cowl a twist and then seam it for a mobius effect; or leave the cowl unseamed and wear as a scarf—knitter’s choice!

 

Self Striping Yarn StudioABOUT THE AUTHOR

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

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Curried Apple and Butternut Squash Soup

November 07, 2016, 12:30 pm  Posted by Ardi Alspach
 

We here at Lark Crafts believe a well-made meal is an art form of its own, so today we turn to our sister imprint, Sterling, for some food inspiration! And what better way to celebrate fall than with this beautiful, savory apple and butternut squash soup from Superfood Soups by rock star chef, Julie Morris. The book showcases 100 of Julie’s favorite soup recipes, all of which deliver more than “just” delicious flavors, aromas, and textures. Featuring vegetables, mineral-rich tubers, fiber-filled whole grains and legumes, and protein-packed seeds and nuts, each recipe makes the most of every bowl.

CURRIED APPLE AND BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUPCurried Apple and Butternut Squash Soup

Apples and squash go hand-in-hand as BFFs (best flavor friends)…and of course curry makes everything just a little better. This is a wonderfully complex soup you’re bound to make time and time again.

 

 

 

Makes about 6 cups/4 servings.

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large sweet apple (such as Fuji), diced (about 1½ cups)
  • 1 Tbsp peeled and minced fresh ginger root
  • 2 lbs butternut squash—peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch dice (about 5 cups)
  • 4 cups Miso Broth
  • 1 Tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 1 Tbsp dulse flakes
  • ¼ cup dried goji berries
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2/3 cup canned coconut milk, plus extra for garnish
  • Salt and pepper (optional)
  • ½ sweet apple, shaved thin, for garnish

 

1. Warm the oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the onion, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the apple and ginger, and cook 1 minute longer. Add the butternut squash, broth, curry paste, dulse flakes, goji berries, turmeric, and lime juice and mix well. Over high heat, bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30–40 minutes, or until the squash is very soft.

2. Working in batches, transfer the soup to a blender. Puree until very smooth, and then pour into a large bowl. Repeat with the remaining soup mixture, and return the batches to the soup pot.

3. Stir in ⅔ cup coconut milk and gently warm over low heat for 1–2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper if desired. To serve, ladle into bowls, drizzle with additional coconut milk, and garnish with a few apple shavings.

Superfood Soups CoverPurchase your copy at any of the following retailers!

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If you’re a jewelry designer and are looking to make a first entry into establishing your own business, check out designer Emilie Shapiro’s How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line (Get your copy here >> B&N, Amazon, IndieBound). And guess what!? You can enter to win one of seven copies in our Goodreads giveaway right now!

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How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line by Emilie Shapiro

How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line

by Emilie Shapiro

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From the Introduction:

EmilieShapiroI have found the majority of people in the jewelry industry—and most industries—to be very secretive when it comes to sharing trade insights, contacts, best practices, and trials and errors of their own path. After getting loads of questions about this from my students, I decided to teach a lecture-style class about jewelry production. The response was overwhelming.

Through years of experience holding many different jobs in diverse facets of the jewelry industry, I have learned from my mistakes and accomplishments and have applied all those lessons to building my own company. In writing this book, my goal is to share the insights I have gained with aspiring designers to help them become successful jewelry designers and business owners. I am extremely proud to be writing this book, and to make this information available to a large audience.

JewelryLineI have always had a knack for design and business, but it took me many years to develop the skills and the patience of a craftsperson. From my earliest days, I was interested in designing and creating things. My father worked in sales at a fabric mill in New York City’s garment district, so fabric samples in all sorts of patterns were always available in my playroom. I have fond memories of wandering the sample floor high above Eighth Avenue and learning about color and texture. When I was five, I loved designing and making clothes for my dolls. Using my (not-so) safety scissors, I would cut up my fabric to make outfits for my dolls.

I made my first piece of jewelry when I was thirteen and haven’t stopped since then. After my grandmother passed away, I found a bag of her costume jewelry. I was always fascinated by how things were made, so I started taking apart my grandmother’s necklaces, bracelets, and brooches and putting them back together in a new way. Focusing on design, rather than construction, I haphazardly assembled my own pieces, but they always fell apart. When I was in high school, I started selling my jewelry to friends, family, and the people who would watch me make it while I was working at a local beach club. My designs were strong, but the craftsmanship was weak.

JewelryLine2Running a jewelry production business is different from being an artist. An artist can focus solely on design and aesthetics. A jewelry entrepreneur must be concerned about the customer’s satisfaction after the purchase. You’re looking to create a piece that will be cherished and passed down from generation to generation.

I didn’t learn this until many years later, but it takes time to hone your craft. It calls for a lifetime of research, discipline, trial and error, and learning from your mistakes. Certain things come naturally to each of us, and certain things have to be learned. Design and business were always strong suits for me. I knew two things: I wanted to be my own boss and I wanted to make original pieces that would be treasured for years to come.

 

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Basic Leather Tassel Tutorial

November 02, 2016, 15:03 pm  Posted by Ardi Alspach
 

CreativeLeatherJewelry_ccvrLuxurious leather never goes out of fashion, and now Christina Anton, owner of Boo and Boo Factory in Chicago, shows how to use leather to create bold, unique jewelry with a modern, architectural touch in her new book, Creative Leather Jewelry (Get your copy here: B&N, Amazon, IndieBound). The book has 21 projects, including layered fringe earrings, a dangling chain triangle necklace, and a geometric cuff bracelet, that are perfect for beginners and any crafter looking to spark their creativity!

Below, Christina has kindly provided our readers with a free basic tutorial on how to make leather tassels that you can use to dress up any of your projects. If you’re looking for jewelry projects that make use of this tassel, check out the dangle tassel earrings, the geometric tassel necklace, or the leather tassel bracelet all included in the book!

TasselsMaterials


Tools

  • 1 cutting knife
  • Cutting blades
  • 1 cutting mat
  • 1 disappearing fabric marker
  • 1 ruler
  • Cyanoacrylate glue
  • Leather bond glue


Instructions

1. Gather all of the materials and tools listed.

Tassel12. Copy shapes A and B from the template on a separate sheet of paper. Then cut out the shapes using a cutting blade or scissors. Note the pink dotted lines that can be used as a guide when measuring tassel cuts.

3. Place shapes A and B on top of the leather and cut around. Shape A is the leather tassel, and shape B is the loop you can use to attach the finished tassel to your project.

 

 

tassel34. Using a disappearing fabric marker and a ruler, or the pink dashed lines on the template, make small marks along the bottom edge of the back side of the leather at each 1⁄16 inch (1.5 mm). Marking on the back side prevents the marks from showing on the finished side. The 1⁄16-inch (1.5 mm) marks determine the width of each strand of the tassel. Feel free to make the cuts wider or narrower depending on preference.

5. Again working on the back side of the leather, measure down from the top edge 1⁄4 inch (6 mm), and draw a very light line with the disappearing marker. Along this line make 1⁄16-inch (1.5 mm) marks corresponding to the marks made along the bottom edge.

tassel46. With the ruler, cut parallel, straight lines from the top marks to the bottom marks and through the bottom edge. Make sure not to cut all the way to the top.

7. Repeat to create two or more tassels depending on your need. If the guide marks made from steps 4 and 5 are visible, use a cutting blade to scrape them off.

 

 

tassel58. Working on the back side of the leather, align one short end of shape B on the top left edge of the tassel cutout, and use cyanoacrylate glue to adhere. Fold shape B in half to create a loop and glue again. The loop is used to connect the jump ring and ear wire to the tassel. Repeat for the second tassel.

 

 

 

tassel69. On the back side of the leather, spread a narrow band of leather bond glue along the top edge of the tassel cutout stopping 1⁄4 inch (6 mm) from the end. This helps to strengthen the tassel. Hold the top of the loop, and roll tightly to create the tassel. Keep rolling until 1⁄4 inch (6 mm) is left. Add cyanoacrylate glue to the end, and finish rolling. The glue will help keep the tassel from unrolling. Repeat for the second tassel.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Last Minute Decorating Ideas for Halloween

October 28, 2016, 17:24 pm  Posted by Ardi Alspach
 

Halloween is nearly upon us! Are you still looking for ideas for your kids or for your own soiree? We have you covered! Check out these two amazing titles for some simple crafts you can do over the weekend.

feltoweencover Barnes & Noble
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Celebrate the spookiest day of the year by having some crafty fun! 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.

ArtfulHalloween

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These 30+ costume, pumpkin, and home-decorating ideas are not just beautiful–they are scary beautiful. From unique pumpkin decorations to a “blood”-splashed dinner-party centerpiece to a Yard Specter made from two poles, a string of lights, and torn, draped fabric, these creepy but stylish Halloween projects will give your home a spooky, sophisticated look . . . with gothic flair!

 
 
 
 
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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.

how-to-illustrated-egg-654-d111784_vertMATERIALS
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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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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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:
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Spring Crafts Overview!

February 19, 2016, 17:09 pm  Posted by Ardi Alspach
 

Happy Friday!

Here at Lark we’re looking ahead at what’s coming up in the Spring. It’s time to start thinking about all of the wonderful warm weather projects and celebrate the end of cold weather!

 

Banners Buntings coverBanners, Buntings, Garlands, & Pennants
by Amanda Carestio & Kathy Sheldon

Festive and eye-catching, banners, buntings, garlands, and pennants add visual fun to almost any time of celebration or space!

 

 

 

crochet geometryCrochet Geometry
by Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby

Crocheters will find the sophisticated designs they crave in this chic, contemporary collection.

 

 

 

Creature Feetures coverCreature Feetures
Contributing editor: Kristi Simpson

These 30 cute crocheted creatures will keep baby feet cozy all year round!

 

 

 

9781454709312_ccvrCraft-a-Doodle Deux
by Jenny Doh

Even non-artists can express their creativity with this fun follow-up to Craft-aDoodle! Curated by Jenny Doh, it offers 73 beginner-friendly projects that combine doodling with a variety of popular crafts.

 

 

Creative Cut CardsCreative Cut Cards

A beautiful handmade card makes any note feel like a gift!

 

 

 

 

wedding papercraftsWedding Papercrafts

From pom bouquets made from the pages of a beloved book to a crepe crown inspired by heirloom rose gardens, nothing personalizes a wedding more than beautiful papercraft decorations.

 

 

 

knitted lace smMore Lovely Knitted Lace
by Brooke Nico

Brooke Nico, author of Lovely Knitted Lace and a nationally known lace teacher and designer, presents 16 new projects that offer a fresh and original take on lace knitting.

 

 

metal jewelry made easyMetal Jewelry Made Easy

by Jan Loney

Metalsmithing can be daunting, but this beautifully photographed and comprehensive guide provides crafters with a gentle, user-friendly approach to metal jewelry-making skills.

 

 

how to createHow to Create Your Own Jewelry Line
by Emilie Shapiro

To develop a successful jewelry line, even very creative designers must learn the fine points of running a business.

 

 

 

hemp macrameHemp Macrame

by Jenny Townley

Kick off summer fashionably with these 20 beachy hemp creations!

 

 

 

pom pomsPaper Pom Poms
by Paula Pascual

Transform your home, garden, or celebration with these 30 beautiful and beginner-friendly decorations.