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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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Throwback Thursday: Heart-Felt Holidays

October 23, 2014, 17:42 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

Heart felt holidaysFall is here, and we all know what that means – the holidays are right around the corner.

 

Go through the seasons with Heart-Felt Holidays – a book of fresh, easy-to-make felt decorations – all with festive and fun holiday themes!

 

Using readily available store-bought felt sheets, you can craft 40 charming projects for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, and more. The book includes step-by-step instructions, templates, and several no-sew projects that are easy enough for kids to make!

 

Authors Amanda Carestio and Kathy Sheldon are the authors of several DIY and crafty titles for Lark, including Felt-o-ween, which just came out this month.

 

ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF HEART-FELT HOLIDAYS

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Spring Preview Saturday: Graphic Clay

October 18, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by John Foster
 

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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Throwback Thursday: Sweet Confections

October 16, 2014, 15:22 pm  Posted by joshredlich
 

Sweet ConfectionsI have a weakness, and it’s candy. I’m constantly sneaking chocolates and caramels, or deciding last minute in the checkout line that I deserve a treat. But even when I’m craving candy and I have nothing on hand, I’ve never once thought that I could possibly make my own from scratch. Even looking at the handmade creations in candy shop windows, I’ve always imagined that they would require a fancy commercial kitchen and state-of-the-art appliances to make. I’ve never been so happy to be wrong.

 

Sweet Confections by Nina Wanat is a gorgeously photographed book with over 40 easy-to-make candy recipes that range from crunchy toffees and lollipops to chewy jellies and taffies, offering plenty of options to satisfy every craving.

 

With her simple, detailed instructions (which require ingredients and equipment that you are sure to have on hand), you will soon be making a wide array of delicious and beautiful sweets that will have your friends either completely shocked or accusing you of lying and purchasing them at a gourmet candy shop. But with recipes that include everything from pumpkin caramels and saltwater taffy to Turkish delight and vanilla cheesecake fudge, Sweet Confections will soon become the only friend you really need.

 

ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF SWEET CONFECTIONS

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Spring Preview Saturday: Lace Yarn Studio

October 11, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by Deborah Stack
 

coverFor those knitters who adore laceweight yarn, beautiful shawl patterns abound. Yet where do you turn when you’ve had your fill of shawls, and want to explore more uses for your ultra-fine yarn?

 

In Carol Sulcoski’s Lace Yarn Studio (April 2015), 26 stunning projects utilize laceweight yarn in unique and exciting applications. Patterns range from a beaded skirt to a scarf and vest set, providing an exciting new way to experience your favorite fine yarns.

 

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

 

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

 

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9781454708506_cvr.inddNow that fall has arrived, it’s finally time for apple picking. I visited an orchard in upstate New York last weekend and picked a bushel of Jonagold, Idared, Empire, and Mutsu apples. With a whole bag of delicious apples at hand, I’ve been on the lookout for some tasty recipes that call for them.

 

Our new title CHIPS: Reinventing a Favorite Food by Chris Bryant (which hits stores today!) offers recipes for three varieties of apple chips: Spiced Apple Chips, Apple and Sage Chips, and a recipe for Baked Ras el Hanout Apple Chips with Yogurt Sauce from guest contributor Ashley English. All three varieties would make a great snack at a fall party.

 

Pick up a copy of CHIPS starting today and try out these apple chips after your own trip to the vineyard! Check out delicious photos of these recipes below:

Spiced Apple Chips

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Apple and Sage Chips

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Baked Ras al Hanout Apple Chips with Yogurt Sauce

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Spring Preview Saturday: Stitch Love

October 04, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

Welcome to Spring Preview Saturday! Each Saturday this fall, our Lark editors will be sharing previews of our upcoming titles for Spring 2015. Check back each week to get the latest scoop on what’s coming soon with these sneak peeks from Lark Crafts.

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Stitch love coverLove stitching? Love animals? Well then you’ll definitely want to check out Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small by Mollie Johanson coming this January!

 

The book includes 25 irresistibly adorable projects (the Frozen Yeti Ice Pack is my favorite), plus over 100 beginner-friendly embroidery motifs. The patterns feature a variety of irresistibly cute critters—pets, farm animals, dinosaurs, even mythical favorites like Pegasus. 

 

Check out a few of the wonderful projects below and stay tuned for more on Stitch Love as the holiday season approaches. In the meantime, learn more about Mollie on her blog: wildolive.blogspot.com.

 

Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big and Small by Mollie Johanson will be available on January 27, 2015 and is available for pre-order now.

 

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Throwback Thursday – One + One: Hats

October 02, 2014, 17:33 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

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October is here, which means hat weather is quickly approaching! Get ready for fall with some of these gorgeous knitted hat designs from Iris Schreier.

 

Knitters love to make hats — and ONE + ONE: HATS, the second book in Iris Schreier’s exciting new series, gives them a stunning array of fashionable, functional, and beautiful projects. Best of all, each one uses only two skeins of yarn!

 

The hats come in a broad range of colors and textures, and Schreier explores a variety of knitting techniques, from knit and purl to lace; stranded colorwork and slip stitch; and double knit. Pick up a copy today and get ready for winter! 

 

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ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF ONE + ONE: HATS

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Take a sneak-peek at BOUND by Erica Ekrem

September 30, 2014, 15:19 pm  Posted by John Foster
 

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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Throwback Thursday: Wee Felt Worlds

September 25, 2014, 17:07 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

Wee Felt WorldsFor Throwback Thursday this week, we’re taking a look at the adorable Wee Felt Worlds. There’s something magical about things made in miniature—and now you can create whole wee worlds of them, with three-dimensional critters and scenery!

 

It’s easy to do with needle felting, an oh-so-simple process that requires very few tools!  Choose one of ten fun felted scenes with 50 individual items, including a prehistoric landscape with dinosaurs, volcanoes, and Paleolithic plants; a camping adventure featuring an adorable bear cub; a sweet sewing room, and even a galaxy far, far away with UFOs.

 

Along the way, readers get tons of techniques and tips from the designers—from basic felt shaping to creating joints—and lots of helpful step-by-step illustrations.

 

Author Amanda Carestio is the author of several Lark titles, including Fa la la la Felt, Never Been Stitched, Heart-Felt Holidays, and Felt-O-Ween (out now!).

 

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ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF WEE FELT WORLDS

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, October 1. Winners will be selected by Thursday, October 2. Click here for the official rules. Show us your #TBT love, and we’ll return the favor!