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By Hand: Making Communities - Lookbook No. 6: Blue Ridge Mountains by Andrea Hungerford

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The sixth issue features the creativity and community of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 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.

Chat with yarn designers like Appalachian Knits and the owners of Junkyarn dyers as well as a few sheep-to-needle producer of locally sourced yarns, Cestari Sheep & Wool as well as Echoview Fiber Mill. Visit with makers who use natural materials like fabric by Vesta Patterns or Cloth Fiber Workshop, wooden artifacts by Ray Jones Woodcrafts, and soap by Essential Journeys. Tour a local yarn store that highlights North Carolina yarns, and visit an artisan mill, Toft Cottage Weavery, that specializes in local and recycled fibers.

Also step inside the internationally renowned craft school, Penland School of Crafts, that is dedicated to preserving and promoting all forms of making by hand. Hike into the foothills to view the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and absorb the charm of small Appalachian towns and villages where the tradition of hand crafting runs deep. 

Lookbook No. 6 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 - Maywood Totepack byEllie Lum Klumhouse
  • Knitting - Seven Sisters Yoked Pullover by Sarah Pope
  • Knitting - Allegheny Pullover Hoodie by Andrea Hungerford
  • Knitting - Kemper Wrap by Mara Catherine Bryner
  • Yarn Craft - Luminous Yarn Lights by Andrea Hungerford
  • Cooking - Spring Clouds (meringues)

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, 96 pages

Published in 2018
Published by Blueberry Hill

Photography by Karen DeWitz

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