By Hand Magazine No. 8 Colorado's Front Range
MEETING MAKERS FROM DENVER, BOULDER, LOVELAND, AND FORT COLLINS
Our eighth issue introduces makers in the towns of Colorado’s Front Range. We visit the Schacht Spindle Company’s factory to learn how looms and spinning wheels are built, the crafters’ mecca of Fancy Tiger Crafts, and the warm and welcoming My Sister Knits. We taste test barrel-aged beers at Jessup Farm Barrel House, and enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek at yarn dyeing by Six and Seven Fibers and Sunshine Yarns. We 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 we are immersed in Hue Loco’s dyeing techniques that produce its vibrant yarns and saturated colors. We chat about how makers build community with the founders of Knit for Fun and The Makerie retreats, and we sample Mona Botanical’s botanically infused oils. As we travel, we take time to hike at Boulder’s Flat Irons, drive the Peak-to-Peak Byway up to the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountain National Park, and marvel at the golden aspens that frame the 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.
Lookbook No. 8 includes projects and patterns featuring our makers’ materials and sources of inspiration, including a beautifully textured pullover in one of Six and Seven Fiber’s fall-inspired tonal colors, two bulky scarf patterns that showcase Hue Loco’s yarn colors and give knitters a chance to play with texture (and fringe!). Colorado’s plethora of craft breweries inspired us to create a beer bread recipe for baking in mason jars, and our swatch library tree turns knit and crocheted sample swatches into a one-of-a-kind art display. The team at Schacht Spindle Company have devised a shawl pattern that gives even novice weavers a chance to experiment with a pin loom and a gorgeous gradient of Sunshine Yarn hues, and we even include two sewing projects — the perfect project bag, constructed from waxed canvas, and a striking trapeze coat that marries jacket to poncho in iconic Pendleton wool. Patterns in Lookbook No. 8 feature talented designers Hilary Engebretson, and Shellie Anderson, sewist Lupine Marshak, and several patterns and projects from By Hand Serial founder and creative director Andrea Hungerford.
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.
We are "making communities" even where physical proximity isn’t possible, by sharing our stories and journeys and images with each other.