By hand serial lookbooks
Lookbook No. 1: Portland, Oregon
Our 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. Welcome!
Lookbook No. 2: Portland and mid-coast maine
Our second issue takes you on a virtual tour of the natural beauty of Portland and mid-coast Maine! Meet local companies, knitwear designers, organic yarn dyers and weavers, 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 Maine's creative community, including an author and an artist who creates original block prints on organic linen. Explore opportunities to hone your sewing skills at retreats hosted by beautiful locales all along coastal Maine. Take a photographic day trip to a 200 year old farm dedicated toward the preservation of endangered species of fiber animals, and enjoy the beauty and diversity of Maine, from the cobblestone streets and bricks of Portland's Old Port district to the rocky, untamed coastlines and waterways. Welcome!
lookbook no. 3: nashville
Our third issue explores the juxtaposition between southern tradition and creative ingenuity in the makers' community of Nashville. Many of the makers we interview are pursuing new ways to pursue hand making that has deep roots in the city. Meet a bookbinder who uses fabric, handmade paper, and leather in her hand stitched creations; a bespoke maker of cowboy boots who carries on traditional methods of making more than a century old; and a musician who has created rugged yet stylish made-by-hand leather satchels and duffels that epitomize new approaches to the tradition of leathercrafting. We find fiber and fabric here, too, including an expansive and welcoming local yarn store, a crafters' paradise chock-full with anything you would ever need for hand making endeavors, and yarn dyers who are committed to natural dyes and sustainable processes. Take a photographic journey to a local alpaca farm and enjoy both the natural and man-made beauty of this booming southern town. As always, this Lookbook includes exclusive projects for knitting, sewing, and cooking. Welcome!
Lookbook No. 4: Puget Sound
Our fourth issue features the creativity and community of the Puget Sound Region. We travel from the Snoqualmie Valley to Bellingham Bay, from the south sound islands of Whidbey and Bainbridge, to busy downtown Seattle. Water in all its forms and nature in all its colors inspire the makers we meet and are evident in their creative expression. We meet local yarn dyers and spinners, visit a wonderful small community yarn store and wander through an organic flower farm, watch the making of small batch poured candles, visit the dye fields and sheep farm of a farm-to-needle yarn creator, and more. We talk with a quilter who uses fabric to record and preserve memories, and find sewing classes in a light-filled downtown Seattle fabric store. We watch fiber milled into farm-fresh yarn on bucolic Whidbey Island, and spend our day trip exploring the beauty of Bainbridge Island and visiting the iconic Churchmouse Yarns & Teas. Take a photographic journey with us and explore the beauty and creativity of the Puget Sound region. Welcome!
Lookbook No. 5: 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. 6: Blue ridge mountains
Our 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. Welcome!
LOOKBOOK NO. 7: British Columbia’s South Coast
Our seventh issue explores the south coast of British Columbia, from the cityscapes and waterfronts of Vancouver, to the historical architecture and cobblestones of Victoria, to the natural beauty of Salt Spring and Pender Islands. Conifers and craggy mountaintops, ocean beaches and pristine lakes, and beavers, seals, otters, deer, and other wildlife surround us as we travel throughout the region to meet hand crafting artisans. By Hand chats with knitwear designers Shannon Cook, Sylvia McFadden, and Andrea Rangel about their materials, their sources of inspiration, and what they've been working on lately; meets the alpacas of Hinterland Yarn at their new home on Pender Island; watches Bling Squared work their magic with glass rods and a torch; and marvels as the artist behind Nan*C Fibre Art Studio turns roving into lifelike animals with personality and character. We explore the amazing textile world of Maiwa Handprints while sampling goodies from the Granville Island Public Market, and wander through Salt Spring Island Saturday market before watching Julie Mackinnon work her magic at the pottery wheel. We tour LYS 88 Stitches and talk yarn dyeing with the creative force behind Sweet Fiber Yarn, are enchanted by the handsewn creations of Billoo Boutique, spend an inspiring afternoon in the sunlit studio amongst the fibers and looms of Woven Wares, and marvel at the saturated colors of SweetGeorgia Yarns. Along the way, we hike, kayak, and sail the bluffs and waterways of the Strait of Georgia and are thoroughly enchanted by beautiful British Columbia and the makers who are lucky enough to call it their home.
Lookbook No. 8: Colorado’s Front Range
Our 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.