By Hand Serial

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By Hand Serial is a beautiful magazine series that focuses on different fiber and fabric "making communities" around the United States. 

Each By Hand Serial showcases lovely photos and interviews of knitwear designers, local yarn stores, yarn dyers, artists and other makers in an effort to share the beauty of these communities.

Lookbook No 10: Travel to Montana’s Big Sky Country, from Bozeman’s Paradise Valley to Flathead and Swan Lakes, from Glacier National Park to Swan Lake, and from Missoula’s Bitterroot Valley to the peaks of the Sapphire Mountains. The Montana makers embody the power of a sense of place. Not only what they make, but how they make it is greatly influenced by their home. Montana has that kind of an impact: it is still so big, wild, beautiful, and largely empty of people, even in this day and age. The artists who have chosen to make their homes here love their place deeply and passionately, and that love is reflected in what they create. Explore Montana through the eyes of a scratch sourdough bread baker; a father and son team who has built wooden canoes by hand for almost fifty years; textile, yarn, fiber, and macrame artists; a sewist who creates rugged bags built for adventure from waxed canvas and Pendleton wools; and a jeweler who uses reclaimed metal and stones mined from the earth to create unique pieces of wearable art. The patterns and projects in By Hand Serial Lookbook No. 10 are all inspired by the hues and textures of Montana’s landscapes, and the western style of the region. Kjerste Whaley has designed the perfect, wear-everywhere shrug with just a touch of mohair softness. Shellie Anderson’s unisex textured scarf echoes the colors of blooming Indian Paintbrushes. Renate Yerkes uses Thirteen Mile’s undyed wool yarn to create a reversible beanie that showcases the woolly, rugged feel of the yarn. Irina Pi’s handwarmers use stitch patterns to highlight the glowing color of The Farmers Daughter yarn. Andrea Hungerford focuses on western flair, colorwork, and an infinite variety of yarn combinations in creating a ruana and a open faced fringed cardigan wrap. You’ll also find a recipe for Autumn Panzanella, a macrame plant hanger project that is suitable even for beginners, and project buckets sewn with Pendleton’s Native American-inspired fabrics.

Lookbook No 8: The eighth issue introduces makers in the towns of Colorado’s Front Range. Included is a visit to the Schacht Spindle Company’s factory to learn how looms and spinning wheels are built, the crafters’ mecca of Fancy Tiger Crafts, and the warm and welcoming My Sister Knits. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek at yarn dyeing by Six and Seven Fibers and Sunshine Yarns. Get immersed in Hue Loco’s dyeing techniques that produce its vibrant yarns and saturated colors. Lookbook No. 8 includes projects and patterns featuring our makers’ materials and sources of inspiration, including a beautifully textured pullover, two bulky scarf patterns, and a stunning shawl in four colors. The team at Schacht Spindle Company have devised a shawl pattern that gives even novice weavers a chance to experiment with a pin loom and a gorgeous gradient. There are even two sewing projects — the perfect project bag, constructed from waxed canvas, and a striking trapeze coat that marries jacket to poncho in iconic Pendleton wool. Patterns in Lookbook No. 8 feature talented designers Hilary Engebretson, and Shellie Anderson, sewist Lupine Marshak, and several patterns and projects from Andrea Hungerford.

Lookbook No 6: The sixth issue features the creativity and community of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Mountain mist, blossoming wildflowers, and rolling fields bring beauty in a myriad of early spring colors, reflected in the fiber and fabric of the artisans met.  Some of the features included are a chat with yarn designers and dyers, and a sheep-to-needle producer of locally sourced yarns. Lookbook No. 6 features patterns and projects, too:  knitting, sewing, recycling bits of unused yarn to make glowing yarn globe lanterns, and even a recipe for a wildflower-inspired dessert give readers a chance to explore their own creativity with the materials and inspiration discovered. Patterns in Lookbook No. 6 feature talented designers, including Sarah Pope, Ellie Lum, and Mara Bryner, as well as several projects and patterns from Andrea Hungerford.

Lookbook No 5: This issue explores Michigan’s Great Lakes, from the Caribbean blue waters of Lake Michigan, to Mackinac Island in Lake Huron, and on up to the Upper Peninsula and the shores of the deep and mysterious Lake Superior.  Farmland and cornfields, old wooden barns and apple orchards, pebble beaches and sandy dunes, groves of birch trees and small lakes hidden by morning mist all create a beautiful backdrop for our next series on makers and their community. Included in this lookbook are interviews with Plucky Knitter and Why Knot Fibers, Andrea Mowry and Jill Zielinski, and LYS Wool & Honey. Lookbook No. 5 features projects and patterns that feature our makers’ materials and sources of inspiration - sewing projects to create a one-of-a-kind jacket and tote bag; and knit patterns for a colorwork shawl, a stylish cardigan, a braided lattice hat, and a casual yet flattering cashmere popover.

Lookbook No 1: Learn about some of the artists who make up Portland's creative community, including a pastry chef, an indigo dyer, a letterpress designer, and a team of ceramics artists. Take a photographic day trip to Timberline Lodge and enjoy the beauty and diversity of Portland. Meet local yarn dyers, designers, companies, and an amazing local yarn store. Find recipes, exclusive knitting patterns made from our featured yarns, and other hand craft projects.