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By Hand: Making Communities - Lookbook No. 13: NorCal Road Trip by Andrea Hungerford

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This By Hand discovers the coast along Oregon and Northern California, many California state parks, and the redwood forest. San Francisco's delights are featured with candy-colored neighborhoods, hidden mosaic stairways, and quiet foggy mornings. Explore the farmer's markets and fiber shops in the Bay Area and Berkeley, California, as well as the spectacular vineyards, olive groves & sunflowers of Napa Valley. This Lookbook features a tea shop, a candle maker, a skincare company & natural dyeing. 

By Hand Serial Lookbook #13 showcases our widest offering of patterns and projects yet, including four different sewing projects: two apparel pieces, a waxed canvas lunch tote project bag and a makers apron. 

Lookbook #13's knitting patterns include Tamalpais by Julie Weisenberger, a cleverly constructed sleeveless top: a clean, classic design that goes with just about anything and can be worn year-round. Navigate Socks by Marceline Smith are the perfect opportunity to play with Sincere Sheep's rainbow of naturally dyed colors. Noriko Ho has designed Golden Poppy, a stunning colorwork cardigan knit in a subtle speckle with a complementary warm clay tonal solid - colors created specially for this project by Chase Clark of local yarn store Black Squirrel Berkeley. Andrea Hungerford, inspired by the dreamy naturally dyed palette of A Verb For Keeping Warm's Floating yarn, created a lacy ruana that marries shawl and cardigan into the perfect over-your-shoulders garment to ward off a cool breeze or the chill of a summer evening.

Our projects and patterns are rounded out by clever clay candle holders that are surprisingly simple to make, and a delicious citrusy olive oil cake, inspired by an afternoon spent among the olive groves at Black Rock Ranch.

Learn more about these makers in this issue, their use of materials and process, and the influences of values, hard work, handcraft, and artistry:

  • Black Rock Ranch - Olives, Sheep, crops, sustainability
  • Avenue Yarns
  • Black Squirrel Yarns
  • Brooke Sinnes of Sincere Sheep Yarns & Fibers
  • Fiber Circle Studio
  • Heath Ceramics
  • Imagiknit - knitting store
  • Julie Weisenberger of Cocoknits
  • Kristine Vejar of A Verb for Keeping Warm
  • Megan Bre Camp of Summer Solace Tallow
  • Rebecca Burgess of Fibershed
  • Stonemountain & Daughter -  fabric

The patterns and projects in By Hand Serial Lookbook #13 are the perfect opportunity to stretch your wings a little and try your hand at something new. All of the projects are both beautiful and functional.

  • Painting - Plein Air Painting by Andrea Hungerford
  • Ceramics - Knot Candle Holders by Hannah Theissen
  • Sewing - Damson Waxed Canvas Project Bag by Andrea Hungerford
  • Sewing - Sonoma Overalls by Andrea Hungerford
  • Sewing - Makers Waxed Canvas Apron by Andrea Hungerford
  • Sewing - Mendocino Dress by Andrea Hungerford
  • Knitting - Astrantia by Andrea Hungerford
  • Knitting - Golden Poppy by Noriko Ho
  • Knitting - Navigate Socks by Marceline Smith
  • Knitting - Tamalpais by Julie Weisenberger
  • Recipe - Lemon Twist Olive Oil Cake by Isabella Cohn

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, 93 pages

Published in 2020
Published by Blueberry Hill

Photography by Jenn Bakos 

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