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Lark Crafts DIY: St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2015, 12:05 pm  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia
 

Beannachtam na Femle Padraig! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you are Irish or an honorary Irish today, I hope everyone enjoys his or her green beer and shamrocks. Being half Irish, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day has been a long-standing tradition in my family. Every year, we eat a big meal of corned beef and cabbage and my grandma’s famous soda bread. We then go to our favorite pub to watch step dancers and hear traditional Celtic music.

 

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It’s truly a celebration. And who wouldn’t want to celebrate with these two cuties! That picture was taken last year, but you can guarantee they will be wearing as much green and cable knits this time around.

 

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Incorporating some green into my outfit is extremely important today. Although I have on my green pants, it’s always nice to add another pop of color in the form of a broach, hairpin or jewelry. A fun and easy DIY to make is a felted shamrock pin. This is a great way to add some flair…and luck, even if you’re not Irish.

 

What you’ll need:

Green wool felt

Needle and thread

Broach pin

Hot glue gun

 

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To begin, cut 4 separate leaves like the ones shown above. These will be the shamrock’s petals. They don’t have to be perfect, just make two little “hills” as my nephew calls them.

 

Next sew the leaves together as shown, weaving in and out of the felt. Then, pull the threads together, joining the outermost leaves, and tie the threads tightly at the ends. This is your completed shamrock. You can play around with the leaves to bring the shape together as you like. Using the hot glue gun, glue the shamrock to the broach pin.  Wait to dry, and voila! You now have a lucky little charm help you cheers the day!

 
 
 
 
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Aimee Ray’s newest addition to her popular Doodle Stitching series hits stores in April!

Doodle Stitching Transfer

 

Doodle Stitching Transfer Pack is a one-stop resource with 300 of her most popular motifs, including 30 new designs. The best part of the book…perforated iron-on pages!

 

There’s no need for tracing or photocopying here. Just tear-out the pages, iron the reusable patterns onto your fabric of choice, and start stitching flowers, letters, embellishments and so much more. There’s even a sealable envelope to store the motifs for future applications. It’s so fun and simple!

 

Pre-order your copy today!

 
 
 
 
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coverWe’re so excited about the recent release of Sally Coulthard’s Shed Decor! The book is chock-full of beautiful photos of wonderful sheds around the world.

 

From a cozy “hunting hut” located in the middle of a forest in Sweden, a light and airy beach hut tucked among the white sand dunes of Cabo Polonio, Uruguay, or Irish fashion designer Orla Kiely’s colorful retro-inspired studio shed—you won’t be able to resist dreaming up ideas for your own dream shed as you peruse the stunning photographs included in this book.

 

The first part of the book profiles sheds around the world through shed “case studies” organized within six shed styles: Rustic, Vintage, Plain & Simple, Recycled, Retro, and Country, and the second part shows you how to decorate and furnish your shed to create each look. Visual lists of essentials show you which fabrics, textures, and furniture can help you achieve each shed style. Whether you already have a shed and are in need of inspiration and instruction for developing it into a usable and comfortable space, or you’re simply looking to feast your eyes on lush, inspirational photographs of sheds all over the world—this book is for you.

 

Check out a few images from the book below and order your copy of Shed Decor today!

 

Blue Shed

 

Swedish Shed

 

Tool Shed

 
 
 
 
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Fall Preview Friday: Beaded Chain Mail Jewelry

March 06, 2015, 10:00 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

Welcome back to Fall Preview Friday! Each Friday this spring, our Lark editors will be sharing previews of our upcoming titles for Fall 2015. Check back each week to get the latest scoop on what’s coming soon with these sneak peeks from Lark Crafts.

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Chain mail jewelry pieces are gorgeous, but they are even more impressive when beautiful beads are added to the mix! We’ve got some great news for all of the chain mail jewelry fans out there: Dylon Whyte’s bestselling Beaded Chain Mail Jewelry will be available in paperback this August.

 

Beaded Chain Mail Jewelry

 

The book features 26 stunning projects designed by author and chain mail-crafter extraordinaire, Dylon Whyte. There’s the “Drops of Jupiter” necklace, featuring hand-made beads with specs of glittering gold in them, or the elegant “Flower Mail Choker & Bracelet”, made with rich cobalt blue glass roller beads. Whether you’re a seasoned chain mail jewelry crafter, or a novice looking for a great introduction to the craft, you’ll want to get a copy of this book. Pre-order your copy today!

 
 
 
 
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Designer CrochetIt’s no secret that I love crochet cables. I’ve peppered cables throughout my patterns for years, taking joy in their twisting and vine-like winding. They can add visual intrigue to the most simple stitches and heck, they are fun to work with! Some of my favorite cables are in my new book, Designer Crochet: 32 Patterns to Elevate Your Style, coming out in April from Lark Crafts. Just take a peek at the cover and right there you’ll see a gigantic crochet cable on the cowl of a tunic dress, one of the many sophisticated and figure-flattering garments included in the book.

 

“But wait,” you say. “I’ve never learned how to crochet cables. Can you teach me?” Yes, yes I can, because I’m a Craftsy Instructor! WOOHOO!!

 

I have been a long-time fan of Craftsy and have taken classes from such greats as Shirley Paden, Gwen Bortner, Carol Feller, and Faina Goberstein. And now I am proud to be counted amongst those world-class Craftsy instructors. Dang… still blows me away to say that!

 

So, without further delay, here is the official announcement that my very first Craftsy Crochet Class is LIVE!  You can have unlimited access to me teaching my Quick & Easy Crochet Cables class on Craftsy for only $14.99! WOOHOO!! No kidding! This is an exciting new compact class format Craftsy is introducing with more convenient class sections designed to fit into a busy maker’s schedule. Y’all are gonna LOVE it!

 

Crochet Cables

 

So what is Quick & Easy Crochet Cables all about?

 

Quick & Easy Crochet Cables focuses on crochet cables taught through applying a technique to an accompanying class project. In this class I take you step-by-step through the process of how to make basic crossed crochet post stitches all the way through those glorious sweeping, turning, dramatic cables we all love. Along the way, I share all of my tips and tricks to make crochet cables fun and easy!

 

The exciting part is I teach you all of this using a FAB class project! You get to apply what you are learning right away without wondering how you are going to use these stitches in real life. You will learn by doing, and I’ll be there with you every step of the way!

 

The class project includes a written pattern, a chart, and finishing instructions. And you know what? Because this is a Craftsy class, I’ll be right there with you to walk you through how to make the cable stitches AND how to easily read a cable chart AND how to finish the project. You have me personally taking you through step-by-step from the very first stitch through weaving in that last end (there’s a special trick about that I share too).

 

By the time we are finished, you’ll have a FAB finished project. Here’s a sneak peek at that project pattern. In class we turn it into a FAB envelope clutch! Oh… and don’t worry if a clutch isn’t your thing… I’ll be sharing in the class forums how I used this pattern to make a special project just for myself!

 

Oh yeah… some of you have probably noticed one of the small photos is of our WILDLY popular Woven Cables crochet pattern stitch. Yes, there’s even a segment of this class where we walk you through the Woven Cables pattern stitch step-by-step! When you are finished, you’ll be shocked by how nimble your crochet hook is around cables!

 

The BEST part of these Craftsy classes is you can watch them whenever, and wherever you like, and you can watch them as often as you like too, since your purchase never expires! Have a few minutes to watch a segment? Need to go back and see one of our tips & tricks again? Want to watch that technique one more time to get it juuuuust right? You can do ALL that with a Craftsy class!

 

PLUS you have exclusive access to me personally in our virtual Craftsy classroom. If you have questions or want to show off your FAB stitches, you will always know where to find me. I’ll be right there to help out and celebrate with you!

 

So click on my special link below to be whisked away to Quick & Easy Crochet Cables on Craftsy and get started! You could be learning all my tips and tricks and showing off your own crochet cables skills today!!

 

CLICK HERE: www.craftsy.com/ext/ShannonMullett-Bowlsby_4975_F

 

Once you have completed the project in my Craftsy class, you will be totally ready for any of the crochet cables found in Designer Crochet. And now, a little more on that:

 

Designer Crochet is your source for sophisticated and figure-flattering garments with great drape and shape. Using lightweight yarns and a beautiful variety of stitch patterns and motifs, you’ll create jackets and cardigans, a layering tank and a floor-sweeping skirt, a convertible vest/wrap and matching winter accessory set, and more, with every design built to flatter most body types. Beginner crocheters can learn the basics using easy-to-follow tutorials while advanced crocheters will enjoy mastering special techniques. This is a complete wardrobe in a single book for sizes small through 5X.

 

Designer Crochet will be available in bookstores this April. But don’t wait until then! The book is now available for pre-order, and if you send an email to Designer.Crochet@Yahoo.com with proof of purchase before April 1st, you will be entered into a lottery for 2 chances to win an entire project’s worth of yarn! That’s right, folks. I will be sending 2 people enough yarn to create either the Beginner Cardi or the Lace Tank projects (both pictures below). Big thanks to our yarn sponsors for providing the Cascade 220 Superwash Sport (Beginner Cardi) and Crystal Palace Panda Silk (Lace Tank)! I’ll also throw in a signed book plate for you to add into your copy of Designer Crochet when it arrives. So don’t wait until April to order your very own copy (which you can do by clicking here). And while you’re waiting for the book to arrive, I hope to see you in class!

 

Stitch on!

Shannon

 

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Beginner Cardi

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Sport

 

Crochet This Final (42 of 149) T2CT Tank 2 (2)

Lace Tank

Yarn: Crystal Palace Panda Silk

 

 

Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby is the co-founder of Shibaguyz Designz, a versatile design company that uses unique flair to combine fashion design, knitting, crochet, photography, and graphic design into a cohesive whole. He takes his instruction all over the country, selling out classes along the way and building a following of happy students. You can find Shannon’s designs in countless magazines such as Crochet! and Knitting Today, or in one of his many books, including, Designer Crochet: 32 Patterns to Elevate Your Style, now available for pre-order through Barnes and Noble.

 
 
 
 
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aimee ray (3)Aimee Ray is no stranger to the Lark community. She’s become quite the prolific contributor over the years, and her designs are known for their fun, lively aesthetic. With her latest addition to the popular Doodle Stitching Series coming this Spring (Doodle Stitching Transfer Pack), I wanted to check-in with Aimee and learn more about her influences and creative approach. Check out our Q&A below, and make sure to look through the entire series for unique embroidery patterns and fun sewing projects!

 

How did you get started stitching?

Starting when I was about 5, my grandma used to bring samplers for me to learn on when she came to visit. I picked embroidery up again several years ago as an adult, just as a personal creative outlet. I did computer design work all day and hand stitching was (and still is) a great way to let out my own creativity, in a relaxing and primitive medium, completely different digital art.

 

What was the inspiration/idea behind the Doodle Stitching series?

It was really just born out of my own doodles that I turned into embroidery patterns. I had great encouragement from internet friends and my personal designs led to the creation of all of my books.

 

Doodle Stitching Transfer

Aimee Ray’s new book Doodle Stitching Transfer Pack hits stores this April.

 

What are some new projects you’re excited to share with readers in this book?

While it largely contains motifs from previous books, these are all on iron-on transfer paper, making them even easier and quicker to stitch up! That’s something I’ve wanted to produce all along. You’ll also find several brand new patterns in there that aren’t available anywhere else.

 

Do you have a favorite motif?

I don’t think I could pick just one, but my favorites to work on always seem to be fairy tale or Asian-inspired motifs.

 

What are the essentials for someone looking to start stitching?

All you really need is a needle, floss in your favorite colors, a hoop and some kind of fabric. Embroidery is super versatile and it’s easy to add embellishment to almost any craft project or existing fabric item.

 

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring items to complete one project, what would you bring?

I see myself bringing enough fabric, floss and needles to create some enormous embroidered art quilt or tapestry that would never really be finished, I could just keep adding to it as long as I’m there. ;)

 

 
 
 
 
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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.

 

Gold and Amethyst Parure1

 

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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Lark Crafts DIY: Oscars Party Prep

February 20, 2015, 11:18 am  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia
 

The Oscars are two days away! Two. Days. For everyone who is as obsessed with the Oscars as I am, you can appreciate the excitement I’m feeling right now. What is Emma Stone going to wear? Who is going to trip going up the stairs to accept their award? Who will Benedict Cumberbatch photo bomb (hopefully everyone)?

 

Every year I have some people over and host an Oscars party to celebrate all those weird and amazing moments. Although the decorations and food may change, one thing that is a staple at these gatherings is Oscar Bingo.  I did this for the first time a few years ago and everyone went bananas over it.  It’s such a simple, fun game to get everyone involved…and the prize doesn’t hurt either. There’s lots of free printables on the Internet that have pre-made bingo sheets for you, but it’s easy enough to make your own.

 

Oscars bingo

 

I pulled up a Word document, added a grid, and typed in my own fun squares.  Matthew McConaughey says “Alright, Alright, Alright”…my chips are on he does! I also printed my cards on a heavier card stock so they could hold up amongst all the cheers, boos, and party fouls. This year, I was also inspired by my copy of Washi Wonderful by Jenny Doh, and decided to fill in my free square using this versatile tape, as well as adding a few fun pops of color on the bingo card.

 

Oscars cat

 

The last thing I do to prepare for Sunday is to make sure my date is red-carpet ready. Phillip wears his penguin suit year-round, but that doesn’t take away from his dapperness. Add a tie, and this cat’s ready for his close-up.

 
 
 
 
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Hi guys! I’m Bridget from the blog, Bake at 350, and my latest book is called Decorating Cookies Party.

In the book, you’ll find several cut-out cookie recipes and a foolproof recipe for royal icing, perfect for decorating. We walk through cookie decorating techniques and step-by-step photo tutorials for over 50 cookies in ten themes.

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Here’s where even more fun comes in…use the cookies in the book as a jumping off point for your own ideas.

 

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In the book, there is a set of cookies for a Book Club Party. One of the cookies is a wine bottle because, um, you can’t have book club without wine. It’s a scientific fact.

 

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So, I used that idea to decorate some wine bottle cookies for Valentine’s Day. Same tutorial, same recipes, same techniques…switch out the colors and a few details, and you have cookies for another occasion altogether.

 

These cookies are super simple to decorate. Don’t worry about piping the wine labels with icing…all of the writing is done with a food coloring pen. Add your own wine varietal and vintage year. (I used this year and our wedding year.)

 

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[Note: always be sure the icing is completely dry before using a food coloring pen, allowing at least 6-8 hours of drying time.]

 

I’d love to see where the cookies in Decorating Cookies Party take your imagination. No doubt, the results will be delicious!

 

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Bridget Edwards is a highly visible baking expert who blogs at bake350.blogspot.com—named one of the top five baking blogs by Better Homes and Gardens in 2014—and tweets at @bakeat350tweets. She was one of 15 food bloggers selected to participate in a bake-off fundraiser with TLC’s Cake Boss and Kelly Ripa, has participated in themed blog challenges, and develops recipes for brands such as Imperial Sugar and Land O’ Lakes. Bridget’s recipes have appeared on DailyBuzz Food and her cookies have been featured on marthastewart.com, the hugely popular Pioneer Woman blog, the Today show blog, bonappetitit.com, Cake Spy, and and in Woman’s World magazine. Bridget lives near Houston, TX with her husband, son, and two kitties.

 
 
 
 
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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.