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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.

 

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Printed Gift Wrap from CGTP

 

 

Printing on Tiles 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!

 

 

 
 
 
 
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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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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

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, November 5. Winners will be selected by Thursday, November 6. Click here for the official rules. Show us your #TBT love, and we’ll return the favor!

 
 
 
 
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Throwback Thursday: Heart-Felt Holidays

October 23, 2014, 17:42 pm  Posted by Josh Glickman
 

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

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, October 29. Winners will be selected by Thursday, October 30. Click here for the official rules. Show us your #TBT love, and we’ll return the favor!

 
 
 
 
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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

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, October 22. Winners will be selected by Thursday, October 23. Click here for the official rules. Show us your #TBT love, and we’ll return the favor!

 
 
 
 
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Playful Hoodies – Pumpkin Basket giveaway!

October 14, 2014, 15:03 pm  Posted by Josh Glickman
 

Playful HoodiesDays are getting shorter, the air is getting cooler, and October is upon us. In other words: it’s time to start planning for Halloween.

 

With trick-or-treating less than a month away, it’s time to start thinking about costumes, especially if you intend to make your own. But how are you going to convince your children that a homemade costume is better than a store-bought one? Well have no fear, because Mary Rasch is here to help.

 

In her new book Playful Hoodies, Mary takes ordinary hooded sweatshirts and transforms them into a variety of incredible costume options. With 25 projects ranging from animals to fairy tale characters, including an owl, a fox, a knight, and Little Red Riding Hood, children won’t be the only ones choosing a playful hoody as this year’s Halloween costume. Best of all, these costume hoodies are comfortable and warm, ridding children of the need for a coat while trick-or-treating.

 

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To help you with your Halloween planning, we’re offering a FREE copy of Playful Hoodies as well as a pumpkin basket filled with all the necessary materials to create your own pumpkin hoody.

 

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Sunday, October 19. The winner will be selected by Monday, October 20. Click here for the official rules. Happy Halloween!

 

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Felt-o-ween Giveaway: Punkin’ Treat Pouch

October 10, 2014, 15:21 pm  Posted by Josh Glickman
 

9781454708513_ccvr c#E21EC9 (3)Celebrate the spookiest day of the year by having some crafty fun with our new book, Felt-o-ween!

 

The team behind the popular Fa La La La Felt and Heart-Felt Holidays brings you 40 BOO-tiful decorations and costumes for a festive Halloween. Requiring little or no stitching, these felted projects are 100% beginner-friendly, including pumpkin candy bags, a huggable vampire stuffy, a creepy crawly wreath, and plenty of ears, headbands, and other wearables for revelers young and old. 

 

To help get you ready for Halloween, we’re giving away TWO special Felt-o-ween prize packs with a copy of the book, as well as materials to make your very own “Punkin’ Treat Pouch.”

 

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, October 15. Winners will be selected by Thursday, October 16. Click here for the official rules.

 

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