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By Hand: Making Communities - Lookbook No. 7: British Columbia's South Coast by Andrea Hungerford

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The 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 No. 7 includes interviews with knitwear designers Shannon Cook, Sylvia McFadden, and Andrea Rangel about their aesthetics.  Get behind-the-scenes look at 2 wonderful yarn companies: Sweet Fiber yarn & Sweet Georgia Yarns.  Meet the alpacas of Hinterland Yarn at their new home on Pender Island. See artists like Bling Squared (glass), Nan*C Fibre Art Studio (felting), Maiwa Handprints (textile designer), Billoo Boutique (sewing) & Julie Mackinnon (pottery) while they create their crafts. Enjoy tours of local shops like 88 Stitches & Woven Wares.  Enjoy the scenery of the bluffs and waterways of the Strait of Georgia & beautiful British Columbia along the way. 

Lookbook No. 7 also includes the following projects and patterns that feature our makers' materials and sources of inspiration.  Click any link to go directly to the kit!  After all, every knitting book should come with yarn.

  • Sewing - Knitter's Portfolio in Leather
  • Knitting - Siwash Shawl by Natalie Volyanyuk
  • Knitting - Burrard Inlet by SweaterFreak 
  • Knitting - Pender Hat by Andrea Mowry
  • Knitting - Hanahlie Pullover by Lindsay Inouve
  • Needle Felting - Nan*C Fibre Art Studio 
  • Wood Craft -  Wooden Woolly Pincushion
  • Cooking - Braided Apple Tarts

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, 100 pages

Published in 2018
Published by Blueberry Hill

Photography by Karen DeWitz

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