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By Hand: Making Communities - Lookbook No. 8: Colorado's Front Range by Andrea Hungerford

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MEETING MAKERS FROM DENVER, BOULDER, LOVELAND, AND FORT COLLINS

The Eighth issue explores Boulder's Flat Irons, Peak-to-Peak Byway, the snowy peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park, and the golden aspens in 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.

This issue introduces makers in the towns of Colorado’s Front Range. Enjoy reading about the Schacht Spindle Company’s factory to learn how looms and spinning wheels are built, and enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek at yarn dyeing by Six and Seven Fibers. 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 immerse yourself in Hue Loco’s dyeing techniques that produce its vibrant yarns and saturated colors.  There are also features on Sunshine Yarns, Fancy Tiger Crafts, My Sister Knits as well as food & drink from Ginger and Baker, the brewery Jessup Farm Barrel House.  Lastly, there are special features on small batch skincare from Mona Botanical's and Ann Budd's Knit for Fun Retreats as well. 

Lookbook No. 8 also includes the following projects and patterns that feature our 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

Published in 2019
Published by Blueberry Hill

Photography by 



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