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50% off at BN.com – Books for Quilters & Sewers!

December 02, 2012, 16:05 pm  Posted by Lark
 

What do you get the quilter or sewist who has all the fabric they’ll ever need? (Okay, we know that can’t actually happen!) How about hundreds of ideas for how to use all that glorious yardage! Welcome to the Lark Books 50% Off Sale! Mini quilts, baby quilts, doll quilts, holiday quilts? We’ve got them. Ideas for using your stash, stitching your doodles, and all kinds of fun with craft felt? Check, check, and check. See below for a full list of sale books–the sale runs now through December 11.

QUILTING
Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters
Quilt It with Love
Color Your Cloth
Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays

Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts
Quilts, Baby!
Simple Contemporary Quilts
Freddy and Gwen Collaborate Again
Hand-Appliquéd Quilts

500 Art Quilts
Masters Art Quilts
Masters Art Quilts: Vol. 2
Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World
Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge
Pretty Little Mini Quilts

Creative Quilting with Beads

45 Quilt Blocks: Animals

Simple Stitches: Quilting

SEWING
Heart-Felt Holidays
Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection
Doodle Stitching: Fresh and Fun Embroidery for Beginners
New Crewel: The Motif Collection
Stash Happy: Patchwork
Stash Happy: Applique
Stash Happy: Felt
Sewn by Hand

100 Pretty Little Projects

A Is for Apron
Book of Bags
Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves
Fa la la la Felt
Fabric Remix
Feisty Stitcher
Fun-to-Wear Fabric Flowers
Hip Handbags
New Crewel
Pretty Little Cozies
Pretty Little Presents
Pretty Little Pillows
Pretty Little Potholders
Simple Stitches: Sewing

Sweet Booties!
Sweet Nothings

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Spot a Lark author at TNNA!

June 22, 2012, 10:27 am  Posted by Lark
 

Are you headed to TNNA this weekend? If so, stop by and say hello to some of your favorite Lark authors while you’re there! Here’s a list of when and where they’ll be at the show:

Suzann Thompson (author of Crochet Garden and Crochet Bouquet) – Find Suzann Saturday at the Dale of Norway Booth (510-512).

Iris Schreier (author of many books, including the new One + One series) – Find Iris at the ArtYarns booths (641, 740, 639, 738) and at 10:00 am on Sunday at the R&M West Coast booth. Don’t forget to grab a postcard link to a free project download from the book.

Carol J. Sulcoski (author of Sock Yarn Studio, coming this fall!) – Find Carol roaming the show and get a link to a free (gorgeous!) project download from the book.

Katherine Shaughnessy (author of New Crewel and New Crewel: The Motif Collection) – In the Columbus area? Take a class with Katherine on Saturday (5-7pm) at Wholly Craft (3169 North High Street).

 
 
 
 
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Free Project Friday: Linen Wrap Skirt Revamp!

June 01, 2012, 12:00 pm  Posted by Lark
 

If there’s one thing I love more than creating clothes that I’ll actually wear, it’s transforming something that I once loved so I’ll wear it again. That’s why I’m so inspired by this project from Katherine Shaughnessy’s new book New Crewel: The Motif Collection. Just download the project instructions and the motifs, and you’ve got everything you need to update last summer’s favorite skirt with some lovely crewelwork!

Download the instructions and motifs here: Wraparound Linen Skirt

Happy weekend stitching!

 
 
 
 
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Aimee Ray is a busy woman. Along with chasing after her small son, who is just learning to walk, she’s constantly filling her ever-present sketchbook with doodles and ideas for her next embroidery projects. “Many of my quick, random doodles turn into embroidery designs,” says Aimee. “I like the idea that a little drawing done in seconds can result in a detailed piece of artwork that takes hours or days to complete. My head is always full of ideas—picking one at a time to work on can be challenging!”

Aimee’s latest Doodle Stitching book, Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond, features all sorts of cool techniques such as crewel, sashiko and shisha, and redwork, which are paired with over 20 beautiful projects. “I think embroidery is a perfect choice of medium because it is so versatile and offers so many possibilities,” Aimee continues. “The more we develop those possibilities and share them, the more people will realize how fun it is.”

Snow White, Rose Red Fleece Scarf

Read on to learn more about Aimee and her unique style of embroidery. And don’t forget to order your copy of Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond from BN.com or pick up a copy at your favorite local bookstore!

Aimee, what got you started in embroidery? What do you like best about it?

Fair Isle Doll Skirt

Embroidery is so easy to learn; I first picked it up when I was about 5 years old and my grandma would bring me samplers to stitch on. It is the perfect way to bring any idea or sketch to life with thread and fabric. There are no charts or diagrams and no set rules—it can be as simple as a line drawing, or very complex and detailed with lots of different stitches and textures. I am very much a “make it up as I go along” type of person, so freestyle hand embroidery is perfect for my projects.

I think I like embroidery work so much because it’s so different from the computer design work I do all day, but still a great creative outlet. There is something primitive and relaxing about stitching something by hand, and the result is very special and unique, quite different from the mass-produced items we see so much of.

What is the quirkiest thing you’ve ever embroidered?

One of the first things I embroidered when I started stitching my own designs was a sketch I had done from a line in a Weird Al Yankovic song, “The Incredible Frog Boy is on the loose again.”

Canvas Cuckoo Clock

Have you ever had any embroidery/craft fails? Tell us about it.

 

Oh yes, I love to dabble in new things, so I’ve started many projects that never go finished, or at least never appeared before anyone else. If I screw up an embroidery piece I’m working on, I’m not afraid to rip out my stitches and start again.

What do you like to do when you’re not embroidering?

I really love anything creative, and when I have time, I paint, crochet, sculpt things out of paperclay, and customize dolls. Most of my time, though, is taken by my baby son who is just starting to walk and is quite a handful!

Is anyone else in your family crafty?   

My crafty mom, aunties, and grandmas have always been a big inspiration and encouragement to me in everything I do.

What has been your proudest craft moment so far?

I was so excited when my first Doodle Stitching book came out—it was amazing to see it out in the world! Since then, I am always thrilled every time I hear from people who enjoy my work. I am so proud to be an inspiration to so many happy stitchers.