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By Hand: Making Communities - Lookbook No. 14: Hudson Valley

Blueberry Hill

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ROAD TRIP THROUGH UPSTATE NEW YORK

For centuries, upstate New York has been the refuge of artists, writers, crafters and city-dwellers—the close proximity to one of the world’s most enticing cities enhances the quiet, sleepy charm of the Hudson Valley region.  Meet makers with fascinating backstories who explore their crafts fully amidst cozy, pastoral landscapes.  This area is also home to one of the largest wool festivals each year.  Dutchess County Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY, regularly welcomes tens of thousands of visitors in a single weekend for a fiber celebration.  Because this year’s festival is cancelled, By Hand visits the area without the crowds and hustle, exploring it in-depth so that future travelers can see the best of what the Hudson Valley has to offer.

By Hand Serial Lookbook #14 includes almost a dozen inspiring projects for you to make at home.  Embroider a delftwork-inspired lampshade, try your hand at a new accessory with Rose Pearlman’s punch needle clutch, or stitch a simple quilt with vivid, indigo blues designed by Salt + Still. This book also contains a new sewn garment pattern from Andrea Hungerford: the Hudson, an A-Line swing coat that is approachable and stylish.

Lookbook #14 includes a collection of new knitting patterns, as well. Sloane Rosenthal has created a scholarly, cabled sweater in heathery dark tones, and cables take new, botanical shapes in an elegant crescent shawl, designed by Katerina Rieckel. A chic, vintage-inspired cable top by Andrea Hungerford adds a bit of casual flair, while Hannah Thiessen’s chunky, large-scale scarf is a dramatic statement piece.

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

  • Annabelle's Village Bake Shop
  • Cal Patch - Interview focusing on multiple crafts
  • Clove & Creek - makers handworks in Kingston
  • Cucina Restaurant
  • Cold Spring - exploration of natural beauty
  • Hand Dyers of Hudson Valley
  • Farmers Markets and Stands in Hudson Valley
  • Murky Depths Dye House
  • The Highlands Foundry - vintage textiles
  • The Quiet Botanist
  • Rose Hill Farm - peaches
  • Rhinebeck - exploration of the area
  • Salt + Still - Quilting with Natural Dyes & Fabrics
  • Sawkill Farm - sustainable farming

The patterns and projects in By Hand Serial Lookbook #14 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.

  • Embroidery - Modern Delftwork Lampshade by Hannah Thiessen
  • Quilting - Monochromatic Courthouse Steps Quilt by Alison Charli Smith
  • Sewing - Hudson Swing Coat by Andrea Hungerford
  • Knitting -  Foray by Sloane Rosenthal
  • Knitting - Harvest Scarf by Hannah Thiessen
  • Knitting - Lady of the Lake by Katerina Rieckel
  • Knitting - Olana Cabled Pullover by Andrea Hungerford
  • Punch Needle - Punch Needle Clutch by Rose Pearlman
  • Recipe - Vision Keeper Cocktail by Cassandra Sears

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, 95 pages

Published in 2020
Published by Blueberry Hill

Photography by Jenn Bakos 



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