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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

 
 
 
 
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Spring Preview Saturday: Craft Camp

November 15, 2014, 13:00 pm  Posted by John Foster
 

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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Spring Preview Saturday: Woolly Woofers

November 08, 2014, 14:00 pm  Posted by Deborah Stack
 

As a knitter, I often find myself frantically working in the weeks leading up to the holidays—my evenings and weekends become panicked races as I attempt to clothe each member of my family with handmade gifts. I can turn to many sources for patterns to suit every member of my family, with one exception: My dog!

For the furry family members who – let’s face it—sometimes earn more attention than our blood relatives, there is finally a source for every adorable sweater, bandanna, and seasonal costume imaginable, from Sherlock ‘Bones’ to a busy bee. Debbie Bliss’s fantastically cute patterns have delighted the Lark staff for ages, and we’re so excited to give you a sneak-peek at some of our favorite designs from her upcoming book, Woolly Woofers.

Be sure to pre-order your copy today!

 

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doodle stitching embroideryTake embroidery a step further with Amy Ray! Asian-inspired lampshades embellished with flying fish. Canvas sneakers decorated with pink and white swirls. A pretty pillow adorned with a sleeping bunny, sweetly curled up.

 

In Doodle Stitching Embroidery & Beyond Amy Ray teaches you how to create these awesome projects (and more!) and add charming embroidered touches to them. Using basic embroidery skills as a starting point, she pairs several fun techniques with her fresh, irresistible aesthetic.  Begin by learning several styles for outlining, filling, decorating, and appliqué. Find out about floss, fancy threads, fabrics, and needles. Get the scoop on hoops, and the lowdown on transferring your very own designs onto every type of fabric. The fresh ideas, witty patterns, and clever color illustrations take stitchers from novice to accomplished in a blink of the eye!

 

There are lots of great designs, but you’re also encouraged to go freestyle and create your own, so think outside of the pattern and doodle away!

 

ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF DOODLE STITCHING EMBROIDERY & BEYOND

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, November 12. Winners will be selected by Thursday, November 13. Click here for the official rules. Show us your #TBT love, and we’ll return the favor!

 
 
 
 
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Spring Preview Saturday: Baby Brights

November 01, 2014, 08:00 am  Posted by Deborah Stack
 

Baby Brights_coverBaby Brights, an exciting upcoming title from Kathleen McCafferty, features 30 colorful, cuddly projects for babies, just in time for spring!

 

Easy enough for beginners, the bright, bold, and fun items include everything from hats and booties to blankets, cuddly bath-time goodies, and nursery must-haves like mobiles. With their unique, whimsical, and eye-catching style, these accessories make perfect gifts to cherish forever. 

 

Create your own soft and squishy rattles, adorable hats, delightful booties, bold buntings, and more! Baby Brights includes enough patterns to create quick, cuddly crafts for all of the small blessings in your life.

 

Check out a sneak peek of some of our favorite projects from the book below, and be sure to pre-order your copy today!

 

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Pretty in Patchwork
As we get ready for Halloween tomorrow, we also look ahead as the holiday crafting season continues! What better way to start getting ready for the winter season than with our Throwback Thursday pick this week: Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays. 

 

Celebrate the season with the second in our Pretty in Patchwork series. It’s a very merry collection of absolutely adorable projects from the popular “Quilt Dad” blogger and friends, including pieced polar bear and penguin pillows, a too-cute pillowcase and matching hedgehog stuffy, stockings, ornaments, tree skirts, and more. Of course, there are assorted quilts of all sizes, too. With a robust basics section, color step-by-step illustrations, and color variations throughout, Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays will help you deck your halls in style!

 

ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF PRETTY IN PATCHWORK: HOLIDAYS

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The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes

October 24, 2014, 12:00 pm  Posted by John Foster
 

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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