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By Hand No 8: Colorado’s Front Range

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Issue No. 8 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 the following projects and patterns that feature the makers' materials and sources of inspiration.

Sewing - Little Bird Waxed Canvas Project Bag by Lupine Marshak
Sewing - Sierra Wool Trapeze Coat by Andrea Hungerford
Knitting - Aspen Grove Pullover by Shellie Anderson
Knitting - Cinnamon Stick Fringed Scarf by Andrea Hungerford
Knitting - Elusive Sun Wrap by Hilary Engebretson
Knitting - Honeyfur Fringed Scarf by Andrea Hungerford
Knitting - Swatch Library Tree by Andrea Hungerford
Weaving - Front Range Woven Shawl by Schacht Design Team
Cooking - Mason Jar Beer Bread

By Hand is a serial produced by Andrea Hungerford three times per year that explores locations around the country that have developed their own unique "maker communities" where people who love to make, love to learn to make, and love to support makers have found a common sense of purpose.

Each of these geographic "clusters" has its own unique characteristics, and those characteristics influence the artists who live and work there. Each issue of By Hand is a place-based celebration of these communities of makers, focused primarily on the fiber and fabric industry, as well as highlighting artists in other media who share the same philosophy as fiber and fabric artists of functional beauty. Additionally each issue includes patterns, projects, photo essays, day trips, foodie excursions, and other write-ups of aspects unique to the featured city or region.

Paperback, 104 pages


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