Connect with… Vickie Howell

September 15, 2010, 17:38 pm  Posted by Lark

Next up in our creative connect-a-thon is knitter and crafty lady extraordinaire Vickie Howell. Look for Vickie at Creative Connection… read below to find out some of the stops she’ll be making. Or just look for the highly fashionable gal in platforms and pjs!

Name: Vickie Howell
Blog/site: www.vickiehowell.com
Book: Craft Corps: Celebrating the Creative Community, One Story at a Time
Traveling from: Austin, TX

What are you most excited about the event?
I think I’m most looking forward to just being surrounded by the creative spirit. I know that sounds cheesy, but few things are as inspiring as time spent with a group of crafty people!

What is the best part of being able to connect with other entrepreneurial women?
Being an entrepreneur in any business requires at least a little bit of creativity, but when the business itself is creative, the possibilities are endless. I’ve found that being around other women on similar paths–brain-storming, sharing stories and swapping tips–is an invaluable tool for drawing out those possibilities and turning them into something exciting.

What classes and panels are you attending or giving?
The first event I’m attending is the Welcome Dinner where Amy Butler will be speaking. I interviewed her for my book Craft Corps and found her absolutely delightful, so I can’t wait to meet her in person! I’ll also be signing copies of the aforementioned book at the pre-dinner party. Oh but wait, there’s more! I’m honored to be speaking on the panel (alongside my buds, Cathie Filian &  Kathy Cano-Murillo) at the Women Entrepreneur lunch. Later that evening, I’m swinging by the Where Women Create event; then topping off the evening at Tiffany Windsor’s Pajama Party.  Somewhere in there I think I have another Craft Corps signing, then the rest of the time I plan to save for shopping at the Handmade Market!

What color are your pajamas (for the pajama party)?
White with retro-inspired owls. Oh man, as I type this I realize I should have bought slippers, too. Oh well, guess I’ll be sporting pjs with platforms!


New Titles from Sixth & Spring!

March 16, 2016, 15:00 pm  Posted by Ardi Alspach

The weather is warming up, so now’s the perfect time to get started on summer crafts and activities! Sixth & Spring, our partner in publishing, has some fantastic new books to get you going.


Color Odyssey Final CoverColor Odyssey: A Creative Coloring Journey by Chris Garver

From Chris Garver – in-demand tattoo artist, illustrator, and former star of TLCs Miami Ink – comes a richly illustrated coloring book that explores the beauty of nature. Buy it now: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound




9781936096985_ccvrCoverKnitting Ephemera: A Compendium of Articles, Useful and Otherwise, for the Edification and Amusement of the Handknitter by Carol J. Sulcoski

Filled with fun facts and trivia, Knitting Ephemera contains 300 entries covering everything from knitting in history, folklore, and pop-culture to little-known info on wool and sheep. Buy it now: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound


9781942021919_ccvr60 Quick Cotton Knits: The Ultimate Collection in Ultra Pima™ from Cascade Yarns® 

Knitters who prefer cotton will embrace this stunning collection, whether it’s because they’re allergic to wool, opposed to using animal fibers, or looking for a lighter material. Pre-order it now: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound



CoverWee Garter Stitch: Must-Have Knits for Modern Babies and Toddlers by Vickie Howell

From knitting personality Vickie Howell comes an adorable collection of modern baby knits featuring a fresh new take on everyone’s go-to stitch for easy projects. Pre-order it now: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound




Cover - Botanical WonderlandBotanical Wonderland: Fresh Florals to Color and Display by Rachel Reinert

An inviting collection of lush botanical drawings to color, created in mixed-media artist Rachel Reinert’s lovely and distinctive style. Pre-order it now: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound






Free Project Friday: Cute Knitted Covers!

April 01, 2011, 16:35 pm  Posted by Lark

It’s officially spring! And between our offices in New York and here, our extended families, and friends, it seems that we have our fair share of new babies to welcome! These diaper covers from AwareKnits (by Vickie Howell and Adrienne Armstrong) are the perfect thing to give and make for a new arrival or a last-minute shower…and they are hands-down adorable! How about that knitted ruffle? Happy stitching!


Tis the Season Free Project Wrap-Up

December 24, 2010, 08:00 am  Posted by needlearts

Tis the Season logoHo ho ho! It’s Christmas Eve. In case any of you are desperately trying to fill up the sleigh at the last minute, let the elves at the Needlearts team come to the rescue. Here’s a roundup of all the fabulous projects that we’ve posted throughout our Tis the Season celebration, many of which are perfect last-minute gifts. (BTW, be sure to visit next week when we have a fun, give-something-to-yourself sort of giveaway.)

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Vintage Fashion Knitwear Giveaway

November 24, 2010, 10:57 am  Posted by needlearts

Vickie Howell’s giveaway is a hard act to follow (so much good stuff!), but we wanted to post a giveaway before the holidays for all those weekend blog readers that might come on over only to just miss the deadline on the birthday fun. And what better treat for the season than Vintage Fashion Knitwear! For those of you who didn’t see Valerie’s post last week (right here), this newly released book is a coffee-table worthy collection of knitwear design. It follows hand- and machine-knits through 100 years of history with no shortage of irresistible, iconic fashion photography.

We’ve got two copies to give away…To enter for a chance to win one copy, leave a comment on this post by 8 p.m. EST on December 1st. Any post will do, but we’d love to hear your first memory of “fashionable” knitwear—it could have been on the runway, in a store, or even just on a friend. Or if you went shopping, tell us what knitwear caught your eye! Two winners will be selected at random and announced on December 2. Click here for the official rules.


More from Rhinebeck

October 22, 2010, 12:30 pm  Posted by needlearts

One of Laura's favorite sheep

What’s better than one Lark author at Rhinebeck? Four, of course. In addition to Vickie Howell’s recap of her trip to the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival, authors Dora Ohrenstein, Iris Schreier, and Laura Zukaite were also there. Laura was kind enough to send along her own review and photos of the trip. Read more about Laura and her new book, Luxe Knits: The Accessories here and here, and download a free project here.

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Glee Twitter Party: re-cap of projects & links

September 28, 2010, 15:04 pm  Posted by Lark

Hey there–thanks to so many of you for your enthusiasm for (and participation in) our Glee Twitter Party with Vickie Howell. We loved hearing about your crafty ideas, your Glee opinions, the results of your “which Glee character are you” surveys, your savvy answers to Glee trivia questions, and your amazing Halloween costume ideas that include Glee. (I now feel that I simply must try to create an Emma costume).

We know it was a fast hour of Twitter chatting, and we shared a lot of projects and links with you–it was tough to keep track of everything! With that in mind, here are some links to a few of the projects and topics we covered–hope you enjoy :)

“Glee Party: Is this the real life? (handmade books)” (from Eco Books)

“Glee Party: soooo sorry.” (from Make it in Minutes: Greeting Cards)

“Glee Party: Scrunch Earrings a la Mercedes” (from Leather Jewelry)

“Glee Party: Wash Away the Slushies” (from Soapmaking the Natural Way)

“Glee Party: Episode Appetizers” (Deviled Eggs from Homemade Living: Keeping Chickens)

Oh Glee, Oh My: Glee-Inspired Cake Finds

Glee Party: Pep in Your Step (from Not Another Teen Knitting Book)

Glee Party: Rachel’s Preppy Sweater (from Not Another Teen Knitting Book)

Glee Party: Beret at Play (from Hip Knit Hats)

Cheerios know best: everything’s better with (lots of) pompoms! (from Fabric Remix)

Take a break from lunchroom food with knitted treats! (internet finds)

Stuck biking it to school? Make a cool bike bag! (from the Feisty Stitcher)

Undecided on Rachel’s socks and shoes look? (trendspotting)

Ever tried socks and pumps, a la Rachel? (from Joy of Sox)

Image property of 20th Century Fox

And…some Glee-inspired Etsy treasuries:

General Glee

“Emma in the Autumn”

“Emma Pillsbury: Back to School”

“Glee: Season 1”

“Radio Gaga”

“I Was a Cheerleader…Way Back When”

“Football Fanatics”

“Retro State University”

“Pom Poms and Pretties”


Thank You, Creative Connection!

September 22, 2010, 11:20 am  Posted by Lark

You’ve been hearing a LOT about the Creative Connection event around here…and for very good reason. Lark Crafts was a proud co-platinum sponsor with our friends at Etsy, we had a bunch of our fabulous authors and publishing partners in attendance, and in general we’ve been pretty darn excited about the whole thing since we heard about it earlier this year. This constellation of entrepreneurs, authors, bloggers, crafters, and enthusiastic creatives came together from all over the country (from 46 states, I believe!) to join together to share, instruct, and inspire each other over a period of three days in the lovely city of Minneapolis. Perhaps you read Vickie Howell’s recent on-the-ground report chronicling just the first day of the event? Quite the whirlwind of activity, no? Well, I can tell you as someone who was there the entire time, from preview of the Handmade Market to the goodbyes at the Cupcake Farewell that the excitement, inspiration, and fun just kept coming for the remaining two days. And I have the photos to prove it. Check out my extensive set on Flickr chronicling the weekend’s adventures. You’ll see me, some of our authors, some celebrities in the creative world, and our wonderful trio of scholarship winners.

Speaking of those scholarship winners: I adored them. Seriously, you couldn’t find more enthusiastic ladies to send to an event like this. So when it came down to providing a recap of our time there, I decided that they could encapsulate the experience far better than yours truly ever could. And so I asked Kerrie, Suzanne, and Jennie for their reflections of the event.

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Q&A: Sew What’s Up, Tina?

September 22, 2010, 08:00 am  Posted by needlearts

The irrepressible Tina Givens is a Renaissance woman—illustrator and stationer, as well as fabric, pattern, and clothing designer. Now she’s an author, too, as Sew Tina! debuts on October 5. It’s a charming collection of 30 projects for children that celebrates Tina’s signature clothing and accessories, all made from her glorious fabrics, of course. Here’s the first part of my discussion with the busy designer and mother of three; look for the remainder of our chat in October, when Tina tells all about designing fabrics and gives us a sneak peek at her upcoming line.

Tina, you do so many things! People love your line of fabrics and patterns. But you were discovered at a stationery show. Tell me a little about how that happened.

My handcrafted stationery collection launched back in 2004, and a year later I decided (at the last minute) to exhibit a new scrapbook paper collection at the Craft and Hobby Association show. We arrived and found our booth miles away from the whole scrapbook area. We wrote few orders that show, however it was enormously successful in that representatives from Westminster Fibers came into the booth and introduced themselves.  They loved my work and literally on the spot invited me to design fabrics for their FreeSpirit line. I was stunned. A seamstress at heart, this was a dream. I kept pinching myself all the way home!

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Connect with… Kaari Meng

September 18, 2010, 14:11 pm  Posted by Lark

In love with all things French General? Then you’ll love hearing from Kaari Meng, who’s attending (and leading several workshops!) at Creative Connection. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to connect with her there?

Name: Kaari Meng
Blog/site: FrenchGeneral.com and FrenchGeneral.Blogspot.com
Book: Treasured Notions
Traveling from: Los Angeles, California

What does Creative Connection mean to you?
The Creative Connection is like a one stop creative shop – combining  all of the very best talent the craft world has to offer.  It’s exciting to see it all come together and know that everyone is contributing to make this very special event succeed.

What are you most excited about the event?
I am most excited about meeting the women who are coming from all over the United States to participate in this unique craft concept.  I think it takes a creative soul to venture out and try something new.  We will each take something special away from this event – we will learn new skills, make new friends and know that every creative act is appreciated by someone else – that’s inspiring to me!

What is the best part of being able to connect with other entrepreneurial women?
Every woman has something to teach – which makes us all pretty entrepreneurial! I think the best part of connecting with entrepreneurial women is getting to know someone and learning how they tap into their creativity – how that in turn drives their spirit.

How do you think the event will impact your future plans for business and/or creative growth?
Whenever I attend an event that is filled with creative women, I learn so much more than I expect to learn!  I learn about myself and French General by listening to what others would like to see us do – more books, fabric, kits…it’s always refreshing to hear from women who have been following our journey and would like to suggest new ways to grow our creativity.

What classes and panels are you attending or giving?
I am teaching four jewelry workshops throughout the Event and one fabric tag class during the Handmade Market on Thursday afternoon.

What color are your pajamas (for the pajama party)?
Say What?!  Didn’t know I was going to a pajama party!!

Want to hear what other folks were excited about? Follow the links to hear from:

Tina Givens
Sandy Stone
Vickie Howell
Serena Thompson
Cathie Filian

(Pssst: Did you see our post from Friday? Enter for your chance to win a fabulous batch of books from all our Creative Connection authors!)