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!



We’ve arrived! The Anaheim Convention Center was a wonderful host to so many enthusiastic crafters!


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


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.



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,


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

Barnes & Noble




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.




Creature Feetures coverCreature Feetures
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.




knitted lace smMore Lovely Knitted Lace
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.






Big Jewelry Book Giveaway!

February 10, 2016, 16:23 pm  Posted by Ardi Alspach

It’s time for another giveaway! We have two packets of books for two lucky readers with mailing addresses in the US or Canada.

The first packet is for the aspiring metalsmith looking to learn some new skills for jewelry making as well as tips for how to start his or her own jewelry line! The books included in this packet are How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line by Emilie Shapiro, Metal Jewelry Made Easy by Jan Loney, and Making Metal Jewelry by Joanna Gollberg.

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The second packet is for the avid beader. The books included are Beading All-Stars: 20 Jewelry Projects from Your Favorite Designers, Seed Bead Chic by Amy Katz, and Earringology by Candie Cooper.

beading covers


To enter for both giveaways, simply comment below and tell us about some of your favorite jewelry designers! Winners will be selected randomly on February 17th!


Ignite Your Imagination with Chris Garver!

February 09, 2016, 14:55 pm  Posted by Ardi Alspach

Color Odyssey Final CoverFrom Chris Garver—in-demand tattoo artist, illustrator, and former star of TLC’s Miami Ink—comes a richly illustrated coloring book that explores the beauty of nature.

With double-sided pages of mostly hand-drawn images, Color Odyssey features elaborate butterflies flitting among gardens of flowers, an octopus in the ocean waves, a fantastic elephant, and many other creatures. Garver’s stunning, intricate drawings will thrill grown-up fans of coloring books.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Chris began experimenting with tattooing at the age of 17 before attending Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts. He has been a full-time professional tattoo artist since moving to New York in his early 20s. He lives in Brooklyn.

Check out the interview below to learn more about Chris and his life as a tattoo artist and coloring book illustrator!

Chris Garver’s Color Odessy: A Creative Coloring Journey from Sterling Publishing on Vimeo.

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Scenes from Vogue Knitting Live – New York

January 19, 2016, 10:25 am  Posted by Connie Santisteban

Vogue Knitting Live – New York has come and gone and here are some of my favorite moments from the weekend.


Just a few steps past registration and we’ve had our first celebrity sighting—Arne & Carlos! L-R: Carlos Zachrison, me, Lark assistant editor Deborah Stack, and Arne Nerjordet.



My first purchase at Vogue Knitting live is unfailingly from Jill Draper Makes Stuff. Jill can always spot me a mile away in a bright green sweater, although surprisingly I walked away with a sweater quantity of her Windham yarn in a lovely dove grey color called Mourning Dove. I think I have shocked Jill for daring to leap outside of my green safety net.



The most satisfying moment of the weekend was delivering the very first copy of More Lovely Knitted Lace (publishes on April 5th and you can preorder your copy here) to our author Brooke Nico. My camera didn’t capture it, but moments before she was jumping for joy! Fans will remember her first book Lovely Knitted Lace.



Drive-by yarning. I loved seeing so many wonderful gradient options in the marketplace and this set is from Ewetopia.



Marsha of One Geek to Craft Them All combines the best elements of geekdom with fiber necessities. Are you a Whovian in need of a tiny notion bag? She has what you need.



The Lexicorp Superkits are on my to buy/to make list!




We stopped by Nicky Epstein’s table to see the newest dolls and accessories from Enchanted Knits for Dolls. Here is Ms. Epstein with Lark assistant editor, Deborah Stack.



No night is complete without a little knitterly competition. In celebration of Carol Sulcoski’s new book Knitting Ephemera , Vogue Knitting Live hosted a Knitting Trivia Night/Cocktail Reception. From L to R are: co-host Chris Vaccari of Sterling Publishing, Maria Novilla of the Subway Knits podcast, designer Lily Chin, Cynthia – round 1 fan winner obscured behind Lily Chin, designer Amy Detjen, designer Franklin Habit, and co-host and author of Sock Yarn Studio , Lace Yarn Studio, and Knitting Ephemera, Carol Sulcoski.



Winner Franklin Habit accepts the knitting needle tiara and scepter of stockinette for being a font of knitterly knowledge!



Thanks for the fun photo booth, Lion Brand!


Until next year VKL! We’ll keep warm in our handknits in the meantime.


Congratulations to Lark’s beading all-star, Cynthia Rutledge! Timeless Beadwork Designs was selected as a Best of the Month Pick on Amazon in Crafts, Hobbies, and Home, as well as earning the #1 Bestseller spot in the Beadwork category.

Timeless cover

Be sure to get your copy, which includes all new, never-before-seen projects from one of beading’s finest teachers.


Holiday Gift Tags by Cynthia Schaffer

December 24, 2015, 10:20 am  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia

If you’re a last minute shopper like most people in my family, chances are you’re also in desperate need of a card or note to attach to that gift you just waited 45 minutes in line for. A quick, easy, and fun solution is a gift tag. With free-motion stitching goddess Cynthia Shaffer’s project below, you can easily make a pretty and festive gift tag to adorn all of those presents.


What you need:

  • Shipping tag, 2 3/8 x 4 ¾ inches (6 x 12 cm)
  • Scrap of red print fabric
  • Glue stick
  • Sewing machine with a free motion or quilting foot
  • Black thread
  • Acrylic paints in turquoise, orange and white
  • Small paintbrush
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • One page of old book text
  • Black watercolor pencil
  • 10 inches (25.4 cm) of ½-inch (1.3 cm) wide black rayon ribbon


What you do:

1. Cut out random small shapes from the fabric and arrange them onto the tag.


2. Glue the fabric shapes into place.



3. Free motion stitch around the fabric shapes and then onto the tag.



4. Using the fine-tip marker doodle on the tag around the stitched shapes.
5. With turquoise paint fill in some of the stitched and doodled shapes.



6. Cut out small shapes from the book text and glue them to the fabric.
7. Free motion stitch the book text into place.
8. Paint the tag with orange and turquoise paint and blend in a messy manner. Note: I wasn’t liking the way this tag was turning out so I simply covered up all my previous doodling with the paint!



9. Using the watercolor pencil, doodle around the stitched scallops and blend a bit with water.



10. Attached the black ribbon tie the tag onto a gift.



Cynthia Shaffer is a mixed media artist, creative sewer, and photographer. For more of Cynthia’s gorgeous work, check out her most recent Lark title, Simply Stitched Gifts, as well as any of her previously published Lark titles; Stash Happy Patchwork (Lark, 2011), Stash Happy Appliqué (Lark, 2012), co-author of Serge It (Lark 2014) author of Coastal Crafts (Lark, 2015).


Two Prizes for Two Winners!

December 23, 2015, 14:22 pm  Posted by Lark

Our last giveaway of the year is a double-header! These are two separate giveaways, but your comment below will enter you into both! Just tell us what your crafting goals are for 2016 to enter. The contest is open to all residents of the US and Canada. Winners will be selected randomly on January 4, 2016. Good luck, and Happy Holidays from the Lark team!

Prize Pack 1

Yarn-032Chunky Knits: 31 Projects for You & Your Home Knit with Bulky Yarn
by Ashley Little

Dive needles-first into the cozy, lush, reach-out-and-touch-me world of chunky knits! Created by Ashley Little and a talented pool of designers, these 31 projects use one, two, and three+ skeins of chic bulky and super-bulky yarn. Featuring sumptuous cowls, lacy scarves, a draped waffle-weave throw, a cable-knit pillowcase, classic cream-toned cable mittens and a matching hat, plus clutches, jewelry, and other scene-stealing pieces, this on-trend collection is perfect for new knitters, as well as those looking for fresh inspiration.

One winner will receive:
One copy of Chunky Knits
Berroco Vintage Chunky yarn in Tide Pool
Set of 4 Blue Moon Button Art Corozo Intrigue Buttons (20 mm)
ChiaoGoo RED Lace Circular Needles in US 9 (5.50mm) with a 16″ cable

BONUS: Free Pattern! Download the Chunky Knits – Button-Up Slouchy Hat pattern here!


Prize Pack 2

Yarn-034Crochet Boutique: Hats: 25 Fresh Takes on Classic Crochet Hat Designs
by Rachael Oglesby

With their contemporary, fashion-forward spin on classic patterns, these 25 hats are sure to hook crocheters everywhere! Featuring popular author Rachael Oglesby’s signature style, the designs include an ombre-dipped beanie, a raffia boater hat, slouchy patterned stunners, and more. Some even have unisex appeal. In addition to crochet basics, Oglesby provides fun for intermediates, with dip-dyeing, cable work, multiple yarn colors, and wrapping. 

One winner will recieve:
one copy of Crochet Boutique: Hats
Madelinetosh  A.S.A.P. yarn in Edison Bulb
Boye crochet hook size Q (15.75 mm)

BONUS: Free Pattern! Download the Crochet Boutique Hats – Neon Pom pattern here!