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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!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line by Emilie Shapiro

How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line

by Emilie Shapiro

Giveaway ends November 11, 2016.

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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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Throwback Thursday – Lark Attends CHA!

February 25, 2016, 11:00 am  Posted by Deborah Stack
 

We were so excited to be a part of this year’s Craft and Hobby Association Mega Show! We walked the floor and found so much inspiration in our fellow crafters. Take a look at some of the incredible booths we visited at the show, and then check out the details below to enter to win one of our favorite Lark Crafts titles!

 

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We’ve arrived! The Anaheim Convention Center was a wonderful host to so many enthusiastic crafters!

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The eye-catching Lion Brand Yarn booth was honored as the best booth at CHA, and we can see why! We love their installation, including three beautiful spinning wheels, a rainbow of many-textured yarns, and inspirational yarn graffiti artist London Kaye!

 

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Big Jewelry Book Giveaway!

February 10, 2016, 16:23 pm  Posted by Ardi Alspach
 

It’s time for another giveaway! We have two packets of books for two lucky readers with mailing addresses in the US or Canada.

The first packet is for the aspiring metalsmith looking to learn some new skills for jewelry making as well as tips for how to start his or her own jewelry line! The books included in this packet are How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line by Emilie Shapiro, Metal Jewelry Made Easy by Jan Loney, and Making Metal Jewelry by Joanna Gollberg.

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The second packet is for the avid beader. The books included are Beading All-Stars: 20 Jewelry Projects from Your Favorite Designers, Seed Bead Chic by Amy Katz, and Earringology by Candie Cooper.

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To enter for both giveaways, simply comment below and tell us about some of your favorite jewelry designers! Winners will be selected randomly on February 17th!

 
 
 
 
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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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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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Crafters Guide Cover (3)One of my favorite titles this season is The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns by Jessica Swift. I am a big fan of bold, colorful patterns, and this book is jam-packed with them.  Jessica’s comprehensive instructions and the beautiful photography will have you wanting to get started creating your own patterns right away.

 

The first section features information and tips on sourcing inspirations for patterns, creating mood boards, choosing colors, and developing motifs, patterns, and layouts. Section two is full of project tutorials for applying your own patterns to a variety of surfaces and objects, like tiles, gift wrap, stationary, and fabric.

 

The book also includes Jessica’s interviews with five inspiring designers. After the cold, gray winter we’ve had, I’m starving for color, and can’t wait to try my hand at some of the projects in this book.

 

Check out a few images of my favorite projects from the book below, and be sure to check out Jessica’s blog as well. In celebration of the book’s release, she’s giving away four copies! Simply leave a comment on her blog post by this Sunday, April 12th for a chance to win. You can also enter to win on Jessica’s Instagram account.

 

Packaging from CGTP

 

 

Patterned Floor CGTP

 

 

Printed Gift Wrap from CGTP

 

 

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Chain Mail Jewelry book giveaway!

February 25, 2015, 10:23 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

The paperback edition of Chain Mail Jewelry is now available. In celebration of this edition’s release, we will be giving one copy away to two lucky winners!

 

Chain Mail Jewelry features 30 beautiful projects (the Gold and Amethyst Parure and the elegant Double Strand Japanese Cube Necklace [pictured below] are my particular favorites). With the help of Terry Taylor and Dylon Whyte’s easy-to-follow directions and how-to illustrations, jewelry crafters of all skill levels are able to achieve impressive results using just a few tools.

 

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To enter to win a copy of the paperback edition of Chain Mail Jewelry, leave a comment on this blog post by 9PM EST on Sunday, March 1. The two winners will be selected on Monday, March 2. Click here to read the official rules.

 
 
 
 
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Stitch Love Valentine Blog Hop

February 11, 2015, 10:34 am  Posted by guestblogger
 

Hello, Lark Crafts Friends!

 

With Valentine’s Day in just a few days, what could be more perfect than to make something sweet for someone you care about? Or perhaps something special for yourself? No matter who you are stitching for, my book Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small is the perfect way to get started.

 

Along the idea of stitching love, we’re having a little Valentine blog hop! Be sure to visit all of the stops along the way this week. You’ll see fun and simple things to make AND you’ll pick up some free patterns featuring a few of my critter friends celebrating Valentine’s Day!

 

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Have you heard of a hairy-nosed wombat? Well, this is heart-nosed wombat! He’s just a baby, and I promise that he’ll love you forever.

 

I stitched up this little guy on linen (I printed the pattern at 75% for the brooch), then I used the instructions for the Undersea Buddies Brooch Trio from Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small. This is one of those projects that is quick to put together, and you can use any motif with it!

 

Wouldn’t you love to have a little wombat on your winter coat? The embroidery motif is free for you! Just download the PDF and get ready to stitch!

 

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We’ve also got a little something extra. One lucky winner will receive this hand-stitched Heart-Nosed Wombat brooch, plus the set of Undersea Buddies brooches, AND a copy of Stitch Love, compliments of Lark Crafts.

 

To enter, leave a comment (maybe you’d like to share what animal you’d like to stitch the most!), and we’ll select a random winner. Giveaway ends Sunday, February 15 at 9pm EST .

 

And don’t miss all the other patterns on the Stitch Love Valentine Blog Hop!

 

Monday: Shiny Happy World & Wild Olive

 

Tuesday: Little Dear Tracks

 

Wednesday: Lark Crafts

 

Thursday: Hugs Are Fun

 

Friday: Feeling Stitchy

 

Saturday: Pretty By Hand & Wild Olive

 

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Mollie Johanson is the creator of the popular blog Wild Olive (wildolive.blogspot.com) and Etsy store (where she’s sold over 3000 embroidery motif downloads). Her designs have appeared in Heart-Felt Holidays and Felt-o-ween (both Lark), in magazines (including several features in Mollie Makes), and in craft books from other publishers. Mollie lives in St. Charles, IL.

 
 
 
 
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Enter to win a copy of Stitch Love

January 21, 2015, 10:11 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

Stitch love coverStitch Love by Mollie Johanson will be released next Tuesday, January 27!  In celebration of this adorable book’s release, we will be giving one copy away to two lucky winners.

Featuring beginner-friendly embroidery patterns from a rising star in the craft community, the book showcases a variety of irresistibly cute critters—pets, farm animals, dinosaurs, even mythical favorites like Pegasus. There are 25 projects in all, from a hedgehog stroller quilt to a dachshund keyboard wrist rest, plus dozens of motifs.

To enter to win a copy of Stitch Love, leave a comment on this blog post by 9PM EST on Sunday, January 25. Winners will be selected by Monday, January 26. Click here for the official rules. Good luck!