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The FIFTH issue of By Hand travels to MICHIGAN'S great lakes and features:

the makers' COMMUNITY around michigan's great lakes

Our 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 By Hand Serial creative director Andrea Hungerford.