By Hand Serial

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By Hand is a series of lookbooks that focus on different fiber and fabric "making communities" around the country. 

Each serial features photo journals and interviews with both up-and-coming and well-known yarn designers and dyers, local yarn stores, knitwear designers, fabric artists, and other makers who share the same philosophy and aesthetic of hand crafting functional forms to share and connect with others in the community.  Projects, patterns, classes, and opportunities to purchase the artists’ work will also be included, as well as an opportunity to share what is beautiful and unique about each locale.

Lookbook No 1: The first issue is packed full with wonderful people and projects!  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.  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.  Find hand making classes in Portland that will inspire and challenge you. Take a photographic day trip to Timberline Lodge and enjoy the beauty and diversity of Portland. 

Lookbook No 5: The fifth 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.  By Hand chats with yarn dyers Plucky Knitter and Why Knot Fibers, and knitwear designers Andrea Mowry and Jill Zielinski; tours LYS Wool & Honey; taste tests at Fresh Coast Chocolate Co; and marvels at the handcrafted beauty of Leelanau Trading Co’s leather and woodworking.  We travel from the metropolis of Grand Rapids, where the internationally acclaimed ArtPrize is underway, to the small towns, historic fishing villages, and lighthouses of Leelanau Peninsula, then up across the waters of Lake Huron for an excursion to Mackinac Island.  Along the way, we meet quilters and embroidery artists who use the natural setting of water, field, and forest as their inspiration, and create landscapes in thread and fabric. Lookbook No. 5 features projects and patterns that feature our makers’ materials and sources of inspiration, including a recipe for fudge topped with Michigan salted maple caramel; 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.  Also included is a special project for turning those beautifully colored pebbles you collect along the shores of the lake into lasting memories and wearable pieces of art.  Patterns in Lookbook No. 5 feature talented designers, including Jill Zielinski, Alexandra Virgiel, and Blair Stocker, as well as several projects and patterns from Andrea Hungerford.

Lookbook No 6: The sixth issue features the creativity and community of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  We travel west through North Carolina to the Smoky Mountains and the artists' community of Asheville, then follow the Blue Ridge Mountains, up through the forests and farmland of western Virginia.  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 we meet.  We chat with yarn designers and dyers, and a sheep-to-needle producer of locally sourced yarns.  We visit with makers who use natural materials to make by hand products from fabric, wood, and soap.  We tour a local yarn store that highlights North Carolina yarns, and we visit an artisan mill that specializes in local and recycled fibers.  We tour internationally renowned craft schools that are dedicated to preserving and promoting all forms of making by hand.  We hike into the foothills to photograph the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and capture the charm of small Appalachian towns and villages, where the tradition of hand crafting runs deep.  Take a photographic journey with us and explore the beauty and creativity of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 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 we have 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 8: The eighth issue introduces makers in the towns of Colorado’s Front Range. We visit 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. We taste test barrel-aged beers at Jessup Farm Barrel House, and enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek at yarn dyeing by Six and Seven Fibers and Sunshine Yarns. We marvel at the beautiful form and function of stitching, quilting, and weaving in the studios of Carol Ann Waugh, Valerie White, and David Johnson. And we are immersed in Hue Loco’s dyeing techniques that produce its vibrant yarns and saturated colors. We chat about how makers build community with the founders of Knit for Fun and The Makerie retreats, and we sample Mona Botanical’s botanically infused oils. As we travel, we take time to hike at Boulder’s Flat Irons, drive the Peak-to-Peak Byway up to the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountain National Park, and marvel at the golden aspens that frame the Poudre la Cache River Canyon. The vistas of Colorado pique the imagination and inspire the soul with their dramatic landscapes and natural beauty, and that inspiration and beauty is reflected in artistry of its makers. Lookbook No. 8 includes projects and patterns featuring our makers’ materials and sources of inspiration, including a beautifully textured pullover in one of Six and Seven Fiber’s fall-inspired tonal colors, two bulky scarf patterns that showcase Hue Loco’s yarn colors and give knitters a chance to play with texture (and fringe!), and a stunning shawl in four of Sunshine Yarn’s signature colors. Colorado’s plethora of craft breweries inspired us to create a beer bread recipe for baking in mason jars, and our swatch library tree turns knit and crocheted sample swatches into a one-of-a-kind art display. 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 of Sunshine Yarn hues, and we even include 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.