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!





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



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.


Doodle Stitch Along – finale and giveaway!!

July 01, 2011, 19:54 pm  Posted by guestblogger

Hey there, this is Aimee Ray again with the final installment of our Doodle Stitch Along, and a free giveaway! We’ve posted 4 free embroidery patterns over the last month and now I’m going to show you how to make a cute, little mini apron with them. This apron won’t keep you clean while cooking, but it’s perfect to wear while crafting or working a craft show, it’s got 4 little pockets perfect for keeping your tools close at hand!

What you need:

2- 18×10 inch pieces of fabric (they can be different colors)
1 with the 4 stitched motifs spaced evenly along the top, about 2 inches from the edge.
a piece of 1- inch wide grosgrain ribbon, 72 inches long.
Embroidery floss to match
1. First, pin the two pieces of fabric together, right sides facing, and sew along the sides and top (the side with embroidery), 1/2 inch in. You can leave the bottom open. Trim the corners, turn it right side out, and press the seams flat.
2. Fold the motif edge up over the back about 5 inches to form a pocket. Pin it in place.
3. Using the Blanket Stitch, sew up the sides of the pocket.
4. Using the Running Stitch, stitch 3 dividing lines in between the motifs. Now you have 4 pockets.
5. Center the ribbon along the top of the apron, overlapped 1 inch and pin it in place. Using the Back Stitch, or a sewing machine, sew the ribbon to the apron. Trim off the extra fabric behind the ribbon. You can treat the ends of the ribbon with fray check so they don’t fray.
All done! This is a fast, easy sewing project, you can use these instructions to make all different sizes and colors of aprons. If you need a quick stitch reference, check out www.inaminuteago.com, one of my favorite embroidery websites.
Don’t have time to sew up your own apron? You can win this one! To enter for a chance to win this apron, please leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Friday, July 8. Any comment is fine—though we’d love to hear about your favorite easy sewing project!One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and notified by Monday, July 11. Click here for the official rules.
Thanks for joining us!


Doodle Stitch Along: Motif #4!

January 28, 2011, 14:08 pm  Posted by guestblogger

logoHey guys, it’s Aimee Ray again, with another Doodle Stitch Along post! Can you believe we’re almost done? This is week number 4, and the last of the free patterns is up for grabs: a super cute toadstool house. Thanks to everyone who participated in our gnomes vs. toadstools poll… gnomes are just too hard to beat but enjoy anyway!

Be sure to visit our Flickr group and check out all the awesome embroidery being done by our Stitch Along participants! You guys are really blowing me away with your work! It’s great to see all the different variations. Come back and join us once again next Friday, as we wrap up our Stitch Along with a project you can use all of your stitched motifs in. Here’s my motif set from last week (at left).

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Doodle Stitch Along with us!

January 07, 2011, 10:00 am  Posted by guestblogger

Hey there crafty people! This is Aimee Ray, the author of Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection. I’ve got a fun project for you, a Stitch Along! We’ll be giving away a free embroidery pattern motif a week from my book for the next 4 weeks, and we’ll all stitch them up together into a super cute mini quilt. The motifs are from the Woodland Fairy Tale set (one of my personal faves), and you can get the first one today: first up is the Gnome and Mushroom (click the linked text to download a PDF of the motif, which includes two size options). Start embroidering them right away! Get creative and use whatever colors and stitches you like. (If you’ve never embroidered before, this is a great time to start! If you need some beginners tips, visit my blog for some free tutorials. :)

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This week, Lark welcomes guest blogger Denise Felton, Needlework Editor at CraftGossip.com. Denise has pulled together a fabulous resource list for free holiday cross-stitch patterns… just in time for that long car, train, or plane ride. Take it away, Denise!

The holidays are just around the corner and suddenly you must come up with an extra teacher gift, one more stocking stuffer for your mother-in-law, or an ornament for an unforeseen office swap. And you’re out of cash. You could hide in a closet and wait for the holidays to pass. Or you could find an unmaxed credit card and slog around to the malls. Or you could grab some fabric and threads from your stash and a great free design from the Internet and whip up a gift with no anxiety, no driving, and no new investment.

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