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Lark Jewelry & Beading has reached 10,000 fans on Facebook. We try to get the right mix of photos of breathtaking jewelry, industry news, and info about our books, and we’re grateful to you for being part of our community on this social-media forum.

Thank you.

To celebrate, we’re giving away 33 of our most popular beading and jewelry how-to books. Since the last major giveaway we did focused on art jewelry, the list biases toward the beading books, alongside several popular jewelry titles we know everyone will love. And all the books are signed by their authors!

Thanks to everyone who entered our 33-book giveaway! It’s now closed, and we’ve contacted a lucky winner: congratulations to Cheryl Klosowski!

Though this giveaway has ended, you know us–we love giveaways–and we’ll host others in the future, so stay tuned!

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To enter this giveaway on Facebook, click here!

Here is the complete listing of books, which include some fantastic titles. I encourage you to look for them at your local bookstore or bead store, or on online stores:

Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes
Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies
Laura McCabe’s Embellished Beadweaving
Maggie Meister’s Classical Elegance
Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork
Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue
Rachel Nelson-Smith’s Bead Riffs
Marcia DeCoster’s Beaded Opulence
Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery
Beading with Cabochons by Jamie Cloud Eakin
Dimensional Bead Embroidery by Jamie Cloud Eakin
Bugle Bead Bonanza by Jamie Cloud Eakin
I Can Right Angle Weave by Mabeline Gidez
I Can Herringbone by Melissa Grakowsky
Tapestry Bead Crochet by Ann Benson
Metalworking 101 for Beaders by Candie Cooper
Necklaceology by Candie Cooper
Diane Fitzgerald’s Favorite Beading Projects
Making Wire & Bead Jewelry by Janice Berkebile and Tracy Stanley
A Bounty of Bead & Wire Earrings by Nathalie Mornu
A Bounty of Bead & Wire Necklaces by Nathalie Mornu
A Bounty of Bead & Wire Bracelets by Nathalie Mornu
Creating Glass Beads by Jeri Warhaftig
Glass Bead Workshop by Jeri Warhaftig
30-Minute Bracelets by Marthe Le Van
30-Minute Earrings by Marthe Le Van
30-Minute Necklaces by Marthe Le Van
30-Minute Rings by Marthe Le Van
Metal Clay Origami Jewelry by Sara Jayne Cole
Bronze Metal Clay by Yvonne Padilla
Metal Clay Fusion by Gordon Uyehara
Heat, Color, Set & Fire by Mary Hettmansperger
Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! by Kathy Sheldon

 
 
 
 
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UPDATE 1/9/2013: Congratulations to Colleen White of Bradenton, Florida, the randomly selected winner of this giveaway. Our thanks to everyone who participated: thank you for being a part of our community! ~ Ray

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Well, it’s the holiday season, and I hope you’re feeling in the spirit—or at least whatever kind of good spirit is meaningful to you!

The spirit I’m feeling today is genuine gratitude for all the kind community you share with us throughout the year, and that makes me want to give something special to thank you.

So I’m doing a spur-of-the-moment giveaway, and a big one: a random selection of 15 of our 500 Series books old and new from Lark Jewelry & Beading, including two especially precious ones that are out of print. Here are the books in the set, stacked nicely in a pile by my desk (okay, honestly, that’s not my desk or anywhere close to it; my desk is covered in papers and a stack of books would tumble over very loudly):

Showcase 500 Rings
Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry
500 Necklaces
500 Pendants & Lockets
500 Metal Vessels
500 Judaica
500 Silver Jewelry Designs
500 Plastic Jewelry Designs
500 Brooches (out of print)
500 Bracelets
400 Polymer Clay Designs
500 Gemstone Jewels
1000 Glass Beads (being taken out of print with more than 38,000 copies sold lifetime, and we have now run out of stock in our warehouse)
1000 Rings
21st Century Jewelry: The Best of the 500 Series

How can you enter for a chance to win this fabulous set of 15 inspiring gift books? Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 2. Any comment will do, but we’d love it if you’d write about something special: the most meaningful present you’ve ever given—and what made it so special.

One winner will be selected at random and announced on January 11, 2013. I encourage you to join us: Please “Like” the Lark Jewelry & Beading Facebook page to see photos of contemporary jewelry and beading work and to be alerted to free projects and giveaways on this blog. Click here for the official giveaway rules.

Good luck. And, of course, we here at Lark wish you and your family a holiday season and new year filled with kindness, joy, laughter, and grace.

 
 
 
 
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The exquisitely talented Mabeline Gidez is the author of the brand new book I Can Right Angle Weave officially publishing Nov. 6 and available in many stores already. Mabeline, a renowned jewelry designer and teacher from Southern California, presents excellent instruction supplemented by nearly 500 diagrams in one of beading’s most popular and versatile stitches: right angle weave. The 25 projects reinforce the teaching, and they are also simply beautiful and inspiring as creative designs. The book serves as both a comprehensive refresher course for experienced beaders and a great introduction for beginners to the stitch.

Take a look below to see a handful of the book’s marvelous projects. You can click here to go to an earlier post that offers two beautiful projects from the book as downloadable PDFs: Mabeline’s Lotus Flower Necklace and Earrings and her Egyptian Queen Collar. Ask for the book at your local bead store or book shop, or you can buy it on Amazon or BN.com.

Now, leave a comment on this blog post by Tuesday, October 30, at 9 p.m. EDT to be entered for a chance to win actual pieces of jewelry that Mabeline made for the book: her RAW Channels Bracelet and her Jeweled Clover Earrings. Any comment will do, but let’s make it fun and somewhat ludicrously open-ended: tell us what you like best about beaded jewelry. Two winners — one for each piece of jewelry — will be randomly selected and announced on Wednesday, November 7.

Please “Like” the Lark Jewelry & Beading page on Facebook right now to be alerted to free projects and giveaways and to see pics of many fabulous jewelry and beading creations. Click here for the official rules. And good luck!

 

RAW Channels Bracelet project by Mabeline Gidez in her book I Can Right Angle Weave

 

Jeweled Clover Earrings project by Mabeline Gidez in her book I Can Right Angle Weave

 

Pearly Elegance Choker project by Mabeline Gidez in her book I Can Right Angle Weave

Sunny Flower Earrings project by Mabeline Gidez in her book I Can Right Angle Weave

Triple Elegance Lariat project by Mabeline Gidez in her book I Can Right Angle Weave

Amazon Jewels Necklace project by Mabeline Gidez in her book I Can Right Angle Weave

 

Mabeline Gidez, author of the book I Can Right Angle Weave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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UPDATE: Congratulations to Twyla Harbick of Springfield, Oregon, the randomly selected winner of this giveaway. Our sincere appreciation to everyone who participated. Thank you for being a part of our community. If you like these books or have feedback about them, please let us know!

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We’re celebrating the release of the newest book in the Beadweaving Master Class series: the spectacular Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes, a September 2012 release and already a No. 1 bestseller among beading books.

Here’s how we celebrate around here: We give things away. So it makes sense to me to give away a COMPLETE SET of the Beadweaving Master Class books. But how can I make it special for people who already have some or all the books? Hmm. Well, how about this: All the books are signed by their respective authors.

The Beadweaving Master Class books being given away are:
Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork (signed by Diane)
Marcia DeCoster’s Beaded Opulence (signed by Marcia)
Laura McCabe’s Embellished Beadweaving (signed by Laura)
Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery (signed by Sherry)
Maggie Meister’s Classical Elegance (signed by Maggie)
Rachel Nelson-Smith’s Bead Riffs (signed by Rachel)
Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue (signed by Sonoko)
Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies (signed by Sabine)
Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes (signed by, you guessed it, Jill)

And, just so the lucky winner doesn’t feel like she or he is missing out on anything, I’m throwing in copies (unsigned) of three wonderful gallery books, filled with photographs of gorgeous beadwork:
Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry
Masters: Beadweaving
500 Beaded Objects

That’s a dozen books! As I mentioned, we realize that if you’re interested in this giveaway you might already have some of these creative-juice-stirring books in your home or studio. No worries: Enter anyway for fabulous holiday gift-giving opportunities. Or you can donate the books to your local bead society or library.

Also, people tell me sometimes they get frustrated: they enter a giveaway, forget to check who the winner is so the giveaway never really “closes” for them, and then later realize they’d forgotten to buy a book they really wanted. Easy solution: Click through and wishlist the books you’re interested in right now. If you don’t happen to win, you’re giving yourself a reminder. And if you do happen to win, you’re all set already!

How can you enter for a chance to win the set of 12 books? Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 17. Any comment counts as an entry, but I encourage you to write about what you see as the most exciting trend in beading or jewelry these days. That will be fun!

One winner will be selected at random and announced on October 24. Please “Like” the Lark Jewelry & Beading page on Facebook to be alerted to free projects and giveaways and to see digital pics of many fabulous jewelry and beading creations. You can click here for the official rules. And good luck!

500 Beaded Objects

 
 
 
 
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Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry promises to be one of the fall’s most sought after gems. In this beautiful gallery book, nearly 300 bead artists present exquisite, innovative, and often fun and surprising works in bead weaving, embroidery, stringing, handmade beads, and more.

Color proofs of the book were sent to Publishers Weekly, the leading trade magazine for the book publishing industry, and here’s an excerpt from the very enthusiastic review that just released: “Opening this gorgeous hunk of a book is like walking into a high-end jewelry gallery. There are 500 full-color photographs of beaded jewelry — necklaces, rings, bracelets, pins and earrings — created by 275 artists with beads, wire, filament, and fiber. Some of the artists are well-known to beaders, like Carol Wilcox Wells and Diane Fitzgerald, and some not-so-well-known, with their work published for the first time. This makes for a heady blend of inspiration, ideas, and expression. Editor Hemachandra selected the 500 beaded objects from submissions by 360 artists from 30 countries. To his credit, no single style — bead weaving, bead embroidery, bead stringing — gets short shrift. The photography is of high professional standards, no Instagram shots by amateurs posted to Facebook, and is also instructively illustrative of the beadwork, offering closeup shots that will help the aspiring bead worker reproduce some of the techniques.” (You can read the full review — including two debatable criticisms! — online here.)

Our advance copies are in, and I’m going to give away one advance copy of the book signed by me. The winner will be the first person outside the company and book industry to see the book.

How can you enter for a chance to win? Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EST on Wednesday, June 27. Any comment counts as an entry, but why don’t you let us know which bead designer inspires you the very most (tough question!). One winner will be selected at random and announced on Tuesday, July 5. Click here for the official rules.

The book is available for preorder at your local bead store or bookstore, or online at BN.com or Amazon.com (go over, take a look, and please give the book’s page a “Like”). Be sure to join Lark Jewelry & Beading on Facebook for book and community news, as well as images of beautiful jewelry. And good luck!

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UPDATE: Congratulations to Adele Recklies of Brooklyn, New York. Adele was randomly selected as the winner of the signed advance copy of Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry. Our thanks to everyone who participated … and we hope you love the book!

 
 
 
 
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Janice Berkebile and Tracy Stanley are two immensely popular teachers and designers, and I’m pleased to be doing a giveaway of a signed copy of their new (and already immensely popular) book, Making Wire & Bead Jewelry: Artful Wirework Techniques. The book is a May 2012 release, I’m writing this blog post on May 23, and we’ve already sold two-thirds of the book’s print run. So these first-edition books will soon be collector’s editions!

You can get a sense of the book, its fun and exciting projects, and its plethora of excellent how-to photos and detailed instructions by clicking over to this blog post, seeing some projects from the book, and downloading two free project PDFs, Tracy Stanley’s Cascading Spirals Bracelet and Janice Berkebile’s Wire Pod Pendant. If you don’t know Tracy and Janice, or even if you do, you can get a good sense of these wonderful creative partners by reading their interview of one another posted here.

Okay, the giveaway: How can you enter for a chance to win the book that’s signed very sweetly by both Janice and Tracy? Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EDT on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. Any comment will do, but why don’t you tell us what you enjoy about bending wire, if you’re itching to get started, or if you’re just curious.

Winning the signed copy would be a great bonus, of course, but in the meantime you can buy the book at your local bead store or bookstore or online at BN.com or Amazon (another idea: please go online right now and give the book a “Like” and add it to your wishlist). Then if you are the lucky winner, you can gift the extra copy to a crafty friend!

Learn more about Janice and Tracy on their Wired Arts website. Please connect with Lark Jewelry & Beading right now on Facebook at facebook.com/LarkJewelryBeading and Pinterest at pinterest.com/larkjewelry. Check out other jewelry and beading projects on the Lark blog by clicking here.

One winner will be selected at random and announced on Thursday, May 31. Click here for the official rules. And thank you for being a part of the Lark Jewelry & Beading community!

 
 
 
 
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UPDATE: Congratulations to Traci Staves of Whitefish, Montana, the randomly selected winner of this giveaway. Our thanks to everyone who participated! ~ Ray

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I just sat down to write this blog post, a giveaway of a big set of a dozen bead books to celebrate the release of Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies, and happened to notice Lark Jewelry & Beading’s two Beadweaving Master Class books released this spring, Sabine’s book and Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue, are the No. 1 and 2 books at this hour in the Jewelry category on Amazon. (See image below and, hey, look at what’s No. 3!) So, thank you for your support of the books — I hope you love them — and we’ve really got something to celebrate here!

Here’s how I like to celebrate: I’m giving away a complete set of the Beadweaving Master Class books, plus a few other bead books for good measure. Some of the books are signed by their authors, too.

Here’s the list. The Beadweaving Master Class books included are:
Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies
Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue
Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery
Rachel Nelson-Smith’s Bead Riffs (signed by Rachel)
Maggie Meister’s Classical Elegance (signed by Maggie)
Laura McCabe’s Embellished Beadweaving (signed by Laura)
Marcia DeCoster’s Beaded Opulence (signed by Marcia)
Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork (signed by Diane)

PLUS we’re giving away a few more great beading titles:
Making Wire & Bead Jewelry by Janice Berkebile and Tracy Stanley
Diane Fitzgerald’s Favorite Beading Projects (signed by Diane)
Dimensional Bead Embroidery (signed by Jamie Cloud Eakin)
And not exactly the same kind of thing but too much fun to leave out:
Creating Glass Beads (signed by Jeri Warhaftig)

So, two things: First, yes, you might have bought some of the books already. No worries: Enter anyway for fabulous gift-giving opportunities or to donate those books to your local bead society or library.

Second, people tell me sometimes they get frustrated: they enter a giveaway, forget to check who the winner is so the giveaway never really “closes” for them, and then later realize they’d forgotten to buy a book they really wanted. Easy solution: Click through and wishlist the books you’re interested in right now. If you don’t happen to win, you’re giving yourself a reminder. And if you do win, you’re already set!

How can you enter for a chance to win the set of 12 books? Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EST on Wednesday, April 25. Any comment works, but if you’d tell us who your very favorite bead artists and designers are, that’ll be an awfully fun and interesting set of comments for everyone to read through.

One winner will be selected at random and announced on the Lark Jewelry & Beading Facebook page on Monday, April 30, so please click through and “Like” the page. Also, you can click here for the official rules.

Thank you for being a part of the Lark Jewelry & Beading community, and please be sure to check out and follow our new and fast-growing Pinterest boards at Pinterest.com/LarkJewelry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Short and sweet: In honor of all the pop-up jewelry stores, well, popping up this spring, we’re doing a pop-up giveaway: 48-hours from now we’ll give away a set of 12 author-signed jewelry and beading books. Some of the books are brand new releases, some are older classics: all are wonderful.

They’re a mix of metalwork and beadweaving titles, because all the books hold ample inspiration and beauty for artists and jewelry designers of all types. If you already own some of them, of course the books make wonderful gifts for friends.

How can you enter for a chance to win the dozen books? Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EST on Wednesday, April 4. The comment can be anything, but just to be different, why don’t you tell us what your favorite poem is? It’s a time to celebrate, after all: April is National Poetry Month and in spring, to paraphrase, the world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.

One winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday, April 9. Click here for the official rules. Thank you for being a part of the Lark Jewelry & Beading community, and please connect with Lark Jewelry & Beading on Facebook.

maggie (meister) and milly and molly and may …

While you’re waiting to see if you win, give yourself a reminder about getting your favorite books: pop over to your local bookstore or online and wishlist the books, just in case:

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UPDATE: This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to Tessa E. Rickard-Carpenter of Hamtramck, Michigan, the randomly selected winner, and thank you to everyone who participated. I was truly delighted by the poems cited, recited, or created in your comments. Happy Poetry Month, everyone! ~ Ray

 

 
 
 
 
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Stitched Keum Boo Earrings project from Heat, Color, Set & Fire

 

Jeweler Mary Hettmansperger — known by her many fans and students as Mary Hetts — has written a new book for jewelers and crafters. Heat, Color, Set & Fire: Surface Effects for Metal Jewelry is officially an April publication, but it just released from our warehouse last week and should be arriving in local stores near you any day now, and of course you can already order the book online.

Mary lives in Peru, Indiana, and she teaches classes across the United States. She’s also one of Lark Jewelry & Beading‘s most popular authors, with more than 65,000 books in print with her fabulous library of teachings for jewelers: Fabulous Woven Jewelry (2006), Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet (2008), Mixed Metal Jewelry Workshop (2010), and now the brand new 2012 book Heat, Color, Set & Fire.

In the book, Mary teaches readers how to add color and texture to metal jewelry using a wide variety of low-tech approaches, including patinas, enameling, keum boo, copper etching, fusing, weaving, texturing with tools, and more. Twenty-one projects bring to life Mary’s approach to jewelry and design.

To get a sense of some of the contents, click here to get a PDF of the Liquid Enamel Necklace project and see a few designs from the book in an earlier blog post. You also can read an interview with Mary Hetts from a little while back with photos of some of her work.

To celebrate the release of Heat, Color, Set & Fire, we’re doing an exceptionally fabulous giveaway. We’re giving away two stylish pairs of earrings Mary made for the book: the Stitched Keum Boo Earrings with keum boo aceents on copper and the variation of those earrings; see the former at the top of this post and the latter at the bottom of it. We’ll select two winners and give each winner one of the pairs of beautiful earrings.

How can you enter for a chance to win one of the two pairs? Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EST on Friday, March 30. Simply tell us why you’re excited by this book from Mary or what you like about Mary’s jewelry style and aesthetic. Please be sure to connect with Lark Jewelry & Beading on Facebook, too. One winner will be selected at random and announced on Wednesday, April 4. Click here for the official rules.

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UPDATE: Congratulations to Teri Baskett of Jeffersonville, Indiana, and Maryanne Gross of Riva Maryland, winners of the earrings. They’ll also each receive a copy of Heat, Color, Set, & Fire. Our thanks to everyone who left a comment of gave a “Like”!

 

Variation earrings of the Stitched Keum Boo Earrings project in Heat, Color, Set & Fire

 
 
 
 
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When a book is printed, we receive just a few copies from the very beginning of the printer’s run to ensure everything is rendering correctly.

Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies: 30 Romantic Jewelry Projects is being printed in Hong Kong. So, those first few books jetted from Hong Kong to Asheville, North Carolina, where Lark HQ is located. Then, I took two of the books and sent them via UPS to Bonn, Germany, where Sabine Lippert lives and beads (perhaps these words are synonyms for you?), so Sabine could sign them. She generously did so and then mailed them via post back to me here in the mountains of western North Carolina.

So, I’m now giving away a signed copy of a very well-traveled book, which is appropriate, because in it Sabine Lippert takes you on an extraordinary beading and design journey. The book showcases 30 beautiful and wearable jewelry designs. Sabine combines seed beads, crystals, and glass pearls to create her signature gorgeous, innovative beading projects. Every piece uses the most popular stitches in beading: right angle weave and peyote. Most of the bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pendants, and chokers here are new, but Sabine has included a few of her favorite classics. An inspirational photo gallery of beadwork from leading designers, including Sabine, rounds out the book.

Sabine Lippert

How can you enter for a chance to win the signed book? Easy: Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 15. Any comment counts, but why not tell us your favorite bead color and what you like best about it. The book releases officially in May: ask your local bead store or bookstore to carry it for you, or order an advance copy online. If you win the signed copy, you’ll simply have an extra copy of a wonderful book to gift to a friend!

To get a taste, download a project PDF from the book of the Les Fleurs Necklace, and read my earlier interview with the charismatic Sabine.

One winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday, March 19. Click here for the official rules. Thank you for being a part of the Lark Jewelry & Beading community, and please connect with Lark Jewelry & Beading on Facebook.

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Congratulations to Susan Marie Huguenard of Orlando, Florida, winner of this giveaway. We hope you enjoy the book, Susan, and our thanks to everyone who participated — we also hope YOU enjoy this fantastic book from Sabine.