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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

Yarn-032Chunky Knits: 31 Projects for You & Your Home Knit with Bulky Yarn
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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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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Is your energy flagging? Do you need a coffee break? Get reinvigorated with this funky brooch project from Diane Hyde. This is a special bonus that was originally designed to be included in Break the Rules Bead Embroidery–except we ran out of space! So you won’t find it in the pages of the book. It’s only here at larkcrafts.com. Do you take cream or sugar with that?

Click on the image for a PDF containing instructions on how to make this Coffee Magnet Brooch

 

 
 
 
 
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Simple Cider: A Low-Tech Approach

December 26, 2013, 10:00 am  Posted by Lark
 

 

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Lately, I have been experimenting with making hard cider. I’m really low-tech when it comes to this sort of thing. I make mead too, but I can’t be bothered with all that racking and bottling and stuff. So, I make an herbal tea, mix it 50/50 with honey, add some yeast and yeast energizer, throw an airlock on the bottle, and forget aboudit. When it’s time to drink the mead (3-6 months later), I just pour from the same bottle, which I store indefinitely with the airlock on it. I have the same approach to cider. The simplest way I know to make homemade hard cider is as follows:

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Free Recipe from Sweet Confections: Sugarplums

December 23, 2013, 12:29 pm  Posted by Lark
 



If you think sugarplums are simply the stuff of visions, then you’re in for a sweet surprise. An easy-to-assemble treat that’s perfect for the final countdown to Christmas, this classic candy will add some extra-festive flavor to your holiday. The free recipe featured here comes from Nina Wanat’s splendid book, Sweet Confections: Beautiful Candy to Make at Home. Give it a try and you’ll see that sugarplums don’t have to be a dream…

Download the recipe here. Happy holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find Sweet Confections at Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold.

 

 
 
 
 
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Free Snowflake Design Christmas Cookie Project

December 18, 2013, 08:00 am  Posted by Lark
 

When I smell the spicy aroma of freshly baked gingerbread, I get a warm, holiday happiness feeling. These cookie rounds, decorated with glittering snowflakes, make pretty tree ornaments or festive party treats. Since each  snowflake is unique, it’s a perfect design for freehand drawing. Imagine the visual impact of a platter full (or tree full) of snowflake cookies, each with a different lacy design.

 

 

If you go the white flooded cookie route, why not try making the snowflake design in a color like blue, or silver—or a bold pink, even? This cookie design and 60+ others can be found in Bridget Edward‘s Decorating Cookies. The yummy recipe and how-to instructions can be found here.

So is it a delicious cookie or a pretty ornament? You decide.

 
 
 
 
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Last-minute Gift Idea: Low-Sew Fleece Cowl

December 17, 2013, 14:51 pm  Posted by Lark
 

Have your joyful intentions for a homemade holiday turned you into an over-caffeinated crafty stressball with cramped fingers? Me, too! And despite my best efforts at self-preservation, the crafting to-do list keeps growing. Sound familiar? The perfect low-sew unisex accessory for all ages does exist: it’s the Woven Chevron Cowl! Designed by Cynthia Shaffer and made with only a single seam from soft and lovely fleece, this project will save you from yourself (well, maybe). Make 2, make 5, they’re perfect in every color and for every last-minute giving situation.

Download the instructions here free: Woven Chevron Cowl

Be on the lookout for more no-sew and low-sew fun early in 2014 with my new book, Never Been Stitched!

 
 
 
 
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Design Your Own Gift Wrap — FREE Project

December 05, 2013, 12:00 pm  Posted by Lark
 

Try adapting this idea for the holiday gift-giving season from the book Stamp It! Make a few easy-to-draw templates and carve the designs on rubber pads so you can stamp your own creation on wrapping paper and gift tags.

The illustration below shows an example that includes a flower. But you can fashion a template of your own design — trees, snowflakes, holly, stars, candles, menorahs, birds, etc. — by making a simple drawing. Then you can add a truly cool, extra personal touch to any gift you give this year.

Make your own holiday-themed template and then merrily stamp it to create beautiful, unique gift wrap

You’ll need some basic tools for stamping, including translucent paper, rubber for carving, colored inkpads, linoleum cutter and blades, and a sharp craft knife. Then, let your artistic nature flow. Go ahead, do it. It’s fun!

Get started now by downloading this  PDF for stamping instructions to make wrapping paper and tags.

Get a copy of Stamp It! for more great ideas about printing with handmade stamps

 
 
 
 
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Free Embroidered Holiday Card Project

December 05, 2013, 07:55 am  Posted by Lark
 

The holiday season is now in full swing; there are gifts to be made and greeting cards to be sent. In this world of mass-produced and yes, electronic holiday cards, wouldn’t it be nice to slow down and create a card for those you care for? If a picture says a 1000 words, then a handmade card says ten times that. While making a beautiful, heartfelt card is a labor of love, it doesn’t have to be all that laborious.

Geninne Zlatkis, author of Making an Impression, shows you how to create a stamped, tranquil town under a night sky full of embroidered stars—she even supplies you with a template. The beauty of this card is that once you create the stamp of the town, (made with simple, straight lines), then you can easily stamp up multiples for your family and friends. The limitless options of embroidery floss available—including metallic and glow-in-the-dark fibers—makes it easy to personalize each card. You’ll find the instructions here.