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Two Prizes for Two Winners!

December 23, 2015, 14:22 pm  Posted by Lark
 

Our last giveaway of the year is a double-header! These are two separate giveaways, but your comment below will enter you into both! Just tell us what your crafting goals are for 2016 to enter. The contest is open to all residents of the US and Canada. Winners will be selected randomly on January 4, 2016. Good luck, and Happy Holidays from the Lark team!

Prize Pack 1

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by Ashley Little

Dive needles-first into the cozy, lush, reach-out-and-touch-me world of chunky knits! Created by Ashley Little and a talented pool of designers, these 31 projects use one, two, and three+ skeins of chic bulky and super-bulky yarn. Featuring sumptuous cowls, lacy scarves, a draped waffle-weave throw, a cable-knit pillowcase, classic cream-toned cable mittens and a matching hat, plus clutches, jewelry, and other scene-stealing pieces, this on-trend collection is perfect for new knitters, as well as those looking for fresh inspiration.

One winner will receive:
One copy of Chunky Knits
Berroco Vintage Chunky yarn in Tide Pool
Set of 4 Blue Moon Button Art Corozo Intrigue Buttons (20 mm)
ChiaoGoo RED Lace Circular Needles in US 9 (5.50mm) with a 16″ cable

BONUS: Free Pattern! Download the Chunky Knits – Button-Up Slouchy Hat pattern here!

 

Prize Pack 2

Yarn-034Crochet Boutique: Hats: 25 Fresh Takes on Classic Crochet Hat Designs
by Rachael Oglesby

With their contemporary, fashion-forward spin on classic patterns, these 25 hats are sure to hook crocheters everywhere! Featuring popular author Rachael Oglesby’s signature style, the designs include an ombre-dipped beanie, a raffia boater hat, slouchy patterned stunners, and more. Some even have unisex appeal. In addition to crochet basics, Oglesby provides fun for intermediates, with dip-dyeing, cable work, multiple yarn colors, and wrapping. 

One winner will recieve:
one copy of Crochet Boutique: Hats
Madelinetosh  A.S.A.P. yarn in Edison Bulb
Boye crochet hook size Q (15.75 mm)

BONUS: Free Pattern! Download the Crochet Boutique Hats – Neon Pom pattern here!

 
 
 
 
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FREE Pattern plus GIVEAWAY!

December 21, 2015, 11:27 am  Posted by Lark
 

One+oneToday we’re giving away our first of three prize packs!

One + one = just two skeins of yarn! That’s all it takes to create these gorgeously wearable accessories, created by bestselling knitwear author Iris Schreier and 15 featured designers. Ranging from the delectable Star Stitch Shoulder Wrap to a reversible Double Eyelet Lace Cowl in luxurious cashmere, to a lacy Vineyard Shawl with beaded pearls and sequins, this chic collection includes 29 projects in all.  Many of the garments can be worn in a variety of ways, and the patterns are perfect for beginner and intermediate knitters.

This giveaway includes one copy of One + One Wraps, Cowls, & Capelets by Iris Schreier plus two skeins of luxurious TSCArtyarns Zara Hand-Dyed Yarn in the same colors as featured in the Old and New Shawl pattern that everyone can download for free right here! To enter, please comment below and tell us about your most recent crafting project! This contest is only available to residents in the US & Canada. The winner will be chosen at random from the comments below and will be notified on January 4th, 2016.

Happy Monday!

 

 
 
 
 
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CONTEST Announcement – Countdown to Christmas!

December 16, 2015, 10:08 am  Posted by Lark
 

Hi Friends!

Keep your eye on this space because we’ll be running THREE contests with some awesome prizes. Check back soon for more details on how to win!

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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.

 
 
 
 
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Spring Preview Saturday: Craft Camp

November 15, 2014, 13:00 pm  Posted by Lark
 

Craft CampWelcome to camp, crafters! The only one rule that must be followed: To have fun!

 

In Spring, readers will find over 45 projects that are perfect for crafters of all ages in Craft Camp (May 2015). Whether making a multicolored piñata for a festive gathering, a tiara for a dress-up party,or a notebook to hide prized possessions, these family-fun projects are perfect for a weekend dedicated to family bonding.

 

Check out some of our favorite projects from the book below. And be sure to pre-order your copy of Craft Camp today!

 

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The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes

October 24, 2014, 12:00 pm  Posted by Lark
 

9781454707776_ccvrAs many ceramists know, many potters glaze their pieces at mid-range temperatures, making it a popular go-to range for firing. To celebrate this trend, Lark Crafts is very excited to introduce The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes this November.

 

With over 25 years of experience as a potter, teacher, and former studio manager for the prestigious Penland School of Crafts, author John Britt gives readers his expert advice, hints, and secrets to mixing and creating glazes, eliminating the guesswork from the popular process. Along with hundreds of recipes, John explores mixing, application, specific firing and cooling cycles, and all the factors that make mid-range glazes work.

 

In addition, John explains how to boost colors with intense stains, washes, and underglazes; achieve stunning results that equal high-fire glazing; and expand the frontiers of mid-range with tips for wood, salt, and soda firing. Be sure to pre-order your copy today and complete your glaze knowledge!
Take a look below at some of the gorgeous glazes found in the book:

 

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Spring Preview Saturday: Graphic Clay

October 18, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by Lark
 

I am really excited to introduce one of our Spring 2015 titles, Graphic Clay (March 2015) by author Jason Burnett. As many know, once a clay piece is finished, an artist must then decide how the vessel will be decorated. Should it be stamped or silk screened, or is sgraffito or decals better?

Jason tackles each of the many types of various image transfer techniques for clay and guides ceramists on how to develop their own aesthetics through interviews and galleries from some of today’s well-known ceramists. After an introduction covering the basic tools and materials, dedicated chapters detail the different clay surface processes within slip, drawing, bisque, decal, printing applications, stencils, and screen-printing applications. In addition to introducing readers to the many graphic processes, Jason offers ideas and exercises to encourage development and creative vision for all types of graphic clay decorations.

Take a peek at some of our favorite designs from the book below, and be sure to pre-order your copy today!

 

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Take a sneak-peek at BOUND by Erica Ekrem

September 30, 2014, 15:19 pm  Posted by Lark
 

Bound coverEver have an inspiring observation or thought that you wish you wrote down? Ever have the urge to spontaneously sketch? Ever wish you quickly jotted down a funny quote you heard?

 

Well, now you can create your own unique journals with expert guidance by author Erica Ekrem in her fantastic book Bound out this January. Erica gives everything you need to create over 20 stunning and original paper-bound journals, diaries, and pamphlets.

 

Inspired by nature, create a shell-encased diary, a leaf-enclosed booklet, or a driftwood journal. Looking to cherish, try a memory-inspired scrapbook. Whether for personal use or used as a gift, let Erica un-bind your creativity and teach you how to get bound!

 

Pre-order your copy of today and get ready to make your own bound keepsakes.

 

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Doodle StitchingAdmit it: We’re all guilty of gifting the last-minute, generic card stuffed with some cash as a holiday present—or, if we are feeling fancy, a special Hallmark card with a cash holder—and then feeling the shame of being thoughtless. Well, this holiday season why not give a thoughtful homemade gift, instead? And, there is no other author ready for the challenge than Aimee Ray.

 

The latest installment in her successful Doodle Stitching series is the Holiday Motif Collection arriving in stores this month. Loaded with 20+ projects and over 300 new and original motifs, there are tons of great embroidery ideas and templates focused on the holidays, and other festive seasons as well. To celebrate the release of this wonderful new collection, here’s a look at some of the projects from the book:

 

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There are over 20 projects with step-by-step instructions.

 

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Following the basics and projects, holiday-themed motifs follow for quick transfers.

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Also included are other holiday themes, such as New Year’s and Valentine’s Day patterns.

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Be sure to order your copy of Doodle Stitching: The Holiday Motif Collection today to get a jump start on your holiday crafts!

 
 
 
 
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Take a look inside the new Beading All-Stars

September 10, 2014, 20:14 pm  Posted by Lark
 

coverPrepare to cheer for Lark’s new bead book: Beading All-Stars (Sept. 2014)!

 

It’s a goldmine of diverse and stunning projects by eleven of the most talented bead weavers around. If you are a confirmed bead weaver, you’ll be blown away by Beading All-Stars, which hit stores this month. In it, you’ll find in it the awesome beading designs of Marcia DeCoster, Jamie Cloud Eakin, Mabeline Gidez, Diane Hyde, Glenda Paunonen,& Liisa Turunen, Melissa Grakowsky Shippee, Sherry Serafini, Amy Katz, Rachel Nelson-Smith, and Anneta Valious.

 

With twenty unique projects in a wonderful range of looks and colors, Beading All-Stars delivers a rich and varied choice of designs in a single volume. With the complete step-by-step instructions, you’ll be able to choose beading projects according to your mood, your sense of style, or when you’re ready to bead a very special piece for a very, very dear friend.

 

Since I’ll be drooling over Beading All-Stars several times in the next few months, I’m going to pace myself by describing just a few of the projects and their authors right now. More will follow next month. Today I’m concentrating on the work of Marcia DeCoster, Jamie Cloud Eakin, and Mabeline Gidez.

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In Beading All-Stars, the diverse and revered Marcia DeCoster (www.marciadecoster.com) serves up two steely metal-colored beaded pieces that are right out of the Jazz Age. Her “Deco Bracelet” and “Erté Earrings,” both with a geometric theme, are perfect accessories for the person who loves to wear the contemporary versions of the swingy Jazz Age look, embraced by women in the 1920s who enjoyed dancing the Charleston. But you don’t have to be a flapper to wear these glamorous, silvery designs. They will look equally elegant with today’s fashions. In fact, they will add a layer of sophistication to everything you wear.

 

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Erte Earrings

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Jamie Cloud Eakin (www.StudioJamie.com) has designed the delicate, elegant “Flower Garden Bracelet” with orderly rows of pearly white beads and grass green leaf-shaped beads. She uses soft turquoise flower beads to create a bezel that surrounds a central, soft green cabochon. With the overall effect of a seventeenth-century French garden, this bracelet will add pizzazz to a lace dress, a summer outfit featuring white, green, or turquoise slacks or shorts, and even a wool sweater.

 

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Flower Garden Bracelet

 

Jamie’s “Spring In Bloom Necklace,” a concerto in gray transparent luster, jade, and amethyst beads, is a delicious five-strand confection complete with shaped, bezeled charms and a large bezeled cabochon and flower pendant. For beaders who love to wear today’s multi-stand look in jewelry, this is an extraordinary, gorgeous piece.

 

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Spring In Bloom Necklace

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For a sparkly, multi-colored, flower look, Mabeline Gidez (www.MabelineDesigns.com) has created “The Chrysa Bracelet.” Inspired by the multi-petaled chrysanthemum, the centerpiece of Mabeline Gidez’s irresistible bracelet is a flower made of concentric beaded petal patterns that bring the flower into three dimensions. The rose, lavender purple and violet iridescent sparkle of this bracelet is a delicious feast for the eyes.

 

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Mabeline’s olive, gold and aqua “Mystic Sun Earrings,” which glow with inner light, pay tribute to the sun as well as to the precision of the stonework practiced by the Incas. These earrings will glitter and glow like the sun as they dangle from the ears of the lucky person who gets to wear them.

 

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Mystic Sun Earrings

 

Check back here soon for more great pieces from Lark’s Beading All-Stars. And be sure to order your copy of this inspiring book today!