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Millie Marotta at Michaels

March 09, 2016, 11:00 am  Posted by Ardi Alspach
 

We are happy to announce that Millie Marotta and Michaels arts and crafts stores around the US are partnering up to bring you all of Millie’s best selling products! You can purchase everything Millie both in stores and online in addition to finding Millie’s work in traditional bookstores. Check out the wonderful video below where Millie Marotta explores a Michaels store and talks a little bit about her inspirations.

Buy from Michaels at these links: Animal Kingdom, Tropical World. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Wild Savannah, coming to your store on April 5th!

Mille Marotta at Michaels from Sterling Publishing on Vimeo.

 
 
 
 
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Bring on the Luck of the Irish!

March 04, 2016, 12:00 pm  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia
 

61Ou85QzfeLAs some of you might know from last year’s post, St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal in my family. Over the years I’ve donned everything green, ate all the corned beef and humiliated my friends with ‘Kiss Me I’m Irish’ pins. This year, I wanted to do something different with my affinity for the holiday.

Well, I didn’t need to look very far for inspiration. Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching The Holiday Motif Collection was sitting right on my desk, daring me to get creative. For those of you who haven’t seen this book, I suggest you get your hands on it. It’s filled with over 300 embroidery motifs designed specifically for the holidays and seasons. It even comes with a CD with all of the motifs in simple black lines so you can enlarge, edit or combine them as you like!

The book has the perfect motifs for St. Patrick’s Day. You can add them to tea towels, clothes, tote bags, pillows, and your own personalized cards. Below are a few to wet your shamrocks. I plan on adding that leprechaun to the elbows of my green sweater this year!

You can also download the black lined PDFs of these motifs here: LeprechaunPot of Gold, and Shamrock. Grab a copy for you or a loved one now!

Buy here: Barnes and Noble, Amazon, IndieBound

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Out Now – Creature Feetures!

March 03, 2016, 12:00 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

For all the tiny toes in your life, we have the cutest collection of crocheted baby footwear! Creature Feetures: 30 Crochet Patterns for Baby Booties offers a wide selection of funky footwear, with clear step-by-step photography, in sizes 0-6 months and 6-12 months, and all from a variety of popular crochet designers and curated by Kristi Simpson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

See if you can resist cuteness of this magnitude:

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Millie Marotta Fan Art Showcase

March 02, 2016, 10:00 am  Posted by Ardi Alspach
 

Wild SavannahMillie Marotta’s next coloring book, Wild Savannah, comes out in just over a month! We’ll be celebrating her work all month long, so keep an eye on this space for more to come.

In the meantime, check out these fabulous colored in images from Wild Savannah‘s UK fans! And if you want to keep up with all things Millie, go follow her on Facebook and Instagram! Don’t forget to share your colored in masterpieces by tagging them with #milliemarotta on Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

Pre-order your copy of Wild Savannah at any of the following retailers:
Barnes and Noble
Amazon
IndieBound 

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Happy Pub Day to Crochet Geometry!

March 01, 2016, 10:00 am  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

crochet geometryToday is the official release of Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s newest book, Crochet Geometry.  We’re thrilled with his latest collection of 15 new crochet patterns inspired by geometric shapes. There are cardigans, pullovers, shrugs, and wraps to fit and flatter every body type from sizes small to 5X.

We tip our crocheted hats to Shannon not only for a stellar new design collection, but for his ALA Booklist starred review! An excerpt of the full review that will appear on March 15th:

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“Mullett-Bowlsby (Designer Crochet, 2015) more than proves his chops in crochet design in his latest book that is sure to appeal to the fibercraft audience…The only issue? That there are just 15 designs. More, please.” –Booklist

Please be sure to check out Shannon’s previous book, Designer Crochet, featuring 32 crochet patterns for a complete new wardrobe, again in sizes small to 5X.

Shannon is a master at the flattering fit and the Publishers Weekly starred review agrees with us:

“Contemporary crocheters will be delighted and grateful to have Mullett-Bowlsby’s guide to creating drapey, stylish garments without any of the bulk so often associated with their medium.” –Publishers Weekly

It’s never too early to begin stitching for a stylish spring wardrobe. Pick up your copy of Crochet Geometry today at any of the following retailers!

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

IndieBound

 
 
 
 
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Introducing Crochet Geometry!

February 26, 2016, 16:40 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

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“…the designs in this book are a beautiful collaboration between geometry and art.”

–Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

 

These first few words from the Introduction of Crochet Geometry perfectly capture the essence of this collection. From the author of Designer Crochet, I am thrilled to present a brand new collection of 15 fashion forward crochet garment patterns each brilliantly inspired by a geometric shape. The results are accessible garments and accessories with minimal or no shaping, maximum drape, and that are all immediately wearable. All patterns are available in sizes S to 5X!

 

The patterns are divided into four sections: Shrugs, Cardigans, Pullovers, and Wraps. Here’s a sneak peak within each section.

The Sleeve Shrug transforms the simple rectangle into a perfect layering piece to adorn a sleeveless dress for a formal occasion or even a tank top and jeans for a casual night. The feather and fan lace elevates this shrug to a whole new level.

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The Half Circle Cardigan combines the best of circles and triangles to create a showstopping layering piece with dramatic radiating lines to capture any eye. This piece can be worn at least two ways, but your imagination is the limit!

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The T-Top is one of my personal favorite garments in this collection and features a beautiful basket weave design in a figure flattering design. Here we show this pullover modeled in a size Small and in a 3X.

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Finally, the Mainsail Wrap is a wearable and trendy take on the quadrilateral. You can wear this piece right side up or upside down—each way creates a dramatic neckline that you can pin closed or wear open and relaxed.

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Patterns include charted and written-out instructions, schematics with detailed measurements, and a section of special techniques with photo tutorials for the common techniques used throughout the book including the knotless starting chain, locking mattress stitch, duplicate stitch, and end cap finishing stitch.

 

Crochet Geometry officially publishes on March 1st, but some stores have copies available to purchase immediately! To purchase or pre-order, check out the links below.

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

IndieBound

 
 
 
 
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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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Wedding Papercrafts – Free Project!

February 24, 2016, 11:00 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 
Invitation from Wedding Papercrafts

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In celebration of the upcoming release of Wedding Papercrafts, we’re offering a free download of the Paper-Cut Garden Vine Invitation template from the book.

With just a craft knife, some sketch paper, and a backing cardstock in a color to match your scheme, you can create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind keepsake wedding invitation to impress your guests. If you don’t currently have a wedding to plan, consider making these invitations for an “It’s Finally Spring!” get-together.

Find the instructions and template for creating the invitation below, and pre-order your copy of Wedding Papercrafts at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or IndieBound.

 

 

 

Materials & Tools:

• Download: Paper Cut Invitation Template

• One sheet of regular copy paper

• One sheet of colored cardstock, at least 9 x 9 inches (22.8 x 22.8 cm)

• One sheet of white sketch paper

• Craft knife

• Metal ruler

• Cutting mat

• Craft glue

• Small, soft paintbrush

• Tape

Instructions:

Wedding Papercrafts Cover1. Copy the invitation design template onto regular copy paper. Cut the template outline from the copy paper and lay it over the white sketch paper. Use tape to affix the template to the sketch paper to keep it in place as you cut. Be sure to use a cutting mat to protect your work surface.

TIP: If you’ve never used a craft knife before, practice working with the template, cardstock, craft knife, and cutting mat first.

2. Cut along the lines of the design template, using firm pressure to ensure that the blade is slicing through both the thin copy paper and the slightly heavier sketch paper. Take your time and be sure to keep your fingers away from the blade. You can rotate the paper as you go to make cutting in different directions easier. As you move from piece to piece, position the blade below the surface of the two layers of paper on the last cut to “pop” out the paper pieces.

3. When you finish cutting the entire template, gently move your hand over the copy paper to feel the grooves made by the blade to make sure you haven’t missed any lines before removing the design template.

4. Lift the copy paper template from the sketch paper. If a few pieces of the cutout still remain, rescore the lines with your craft knife and gently pull the pieces out. Clean up any jagged or unclean lines with the blade of the craft knife.

5. Using a metal ruler to guide the craft knife, cut the colored cardstock backing 7¼ x 5 ¾ inches (18.4 x 14.6 cm).

6. Brush a thin layer of glue on the back of the paper cutting and affix it to the colored cardstock. Let the card dry, then place it beneath a stack of heavy books to ensure it lays flat.

 

 
 
 
 
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Guest Post – Cynthia Rutledge

February 23, 2016, 11:51 am  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia
 

Timeless coverHello fellow bead lovers,

Thank you so much for your interest in my book, Timeless Beadwork Designs. In this book, 15 brand-new projects come together to give you, the reader and beader, a glimpse into my approach to designing and creating beadwork. Historical perspective is my muse.

Whether that muse takes me to Italy to view paintings by Sandro Botticelli or to San Francisco to visit my most favorite painting, “The Girl With the Pearl Earring,” by Johannes Vermeer, documented history and the artisans of their time have left behind amazing works of art and an insight into the lives of those from the past. Whether the painting is a still life and depicts everyday household items or a portrait of a young girl wearing beautiful jewelry, every where I look I find inspiration that could lead to designing a new piece of beadwork.

Each of the projects in my book walk you through the process of designing. First, take a look at each painting and read the historical perspective about each project. Once you have done that, you can easily see what inspired me to design each project. I hope that you enjoy my new book. Below is a glimpse of what you can create! I invite you to visit me on my website at www.cynthiarutledge.net.

Happy beading to all,

Cynthia

Order your copy of Timeless Beadwork Designs at the links below:

Barnes & Noble
Amazon
IndieBound

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Spring Crafts Overview!

February 19, 2016, 17:09 pm  Posted by Ardi Alspach
 

Happy Friday!

Here at Lark we’re looking ahead at what’s coming up in the Spring. It’s time to start thinking about all of the wonderful warm weather projects and celebrate the end of cold weather!

 

Banners Buntings coverBanners, Buntings, Garlands, & Pennants
by Amanda Carestio & Kathy Sheldon

Festive and eye-catching, banners, buntings, garlands, and pennants add visual fun to almost any time of celebration or space!

 

 

 

crochet geometryCrochet Geometry
by Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby

Crocheters will find the sophisticated designs they crave in this chic, contemporary collection.

 

 

 

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Contributing editor: Kristi Simpson

These 30 cute crocheted creatures will keep baby feet cozy all year round!

 

 

 

9781454709312_ccvrCraft-a-Doodle Deux
by Jenny Doh

Even non-artists can express their creativity with this fun follow-up to Craft-aDoodle! Curated by Jenny Doh, it offers 73 beginner-friendly projects that combine doodling with a variety of popular crafts.

 

 

Creative Cut CardsCreative Cut Cards

A beautiful handmade card makes any note feel like a gift!

 

 

 

 

wedding papercraftsWedding Papercrafts

From pom bouquets made from the pages of a beloved book to a crepe crown inspired by heirloom rose gardens, nothing personalizes a wedding more than beautiful papercraft decorations.

 

 

 

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by Brooke Nico

Brooke Nico, author of Lovely Knitted Lace and a nationally known lace teacher and designer, presents 16 new projects that offer a fresh and original take on lace knitting.

 

 

metal jewelry made easyMetal Jewelry Made Easy

by Jan Loney

Metalsmithing can be daunting, but this beautifully photographed and comprehensive guide provides crafters with a gentle, user-friendly approach to metal jewelry-making skills.

 

 

how to createHow to Create Your Own Jewelry Line
by Emilie Shapiro

To develop a successful jewelry line, even very creative designers must learn the fine points of running a business.

 

 

 

hemp macrameHemp Macrame

by Jenny Townley

Kick off summer fashionably with these 20 beachy hemp creations!

 

 

 

pom pomsPaper Pom Poms
by Paula Pascual

Transform your home, garden, or celebration with these 30 beautiful and beginner-friendly decorations.