By Hand Magazine, Issue No. 4 Puget Sound

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By Hand is a community-centered publication for knitters and makers, published three times annually.

In this day and age, many of us are searching for community–a sense of belonging, a feeling of unity, a desire to share our passions with others. As a sense of community becomes ever more elusive, we look for ways to build our own. A community of makers–those who find joy in creating with their hands, minds, and hearts–gives us a chance to share and celebrate our ideas and passions. Today, there are clusters of creativity – 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.

Our fourth issue features the creativity and community of the Puget Sound Region.  We travel from the Snoqualmie Valley to Bellingham Bay, from the south sound islands of Whidbey and Bainbridge, to busy downtown Seattle.  Water in all its forms and nature in all its colors inspire the makers we meet and are evident in their creative expression.  We meet local yarn dyers and spinners, visit a wonderful small community yarn store and wander through an organic flower farm, watch the making of small batch poured candles, visit the dye fields and sheep farm of a farm-to-needle yarn creator, and more.  We talk with a quilter who uses fabric to record and preserve memories, and find sewing classes in a light-filled downtown Seattle fabric store.  We watch fiber milled into farm-fresh yarn on bucolic Whidbey Island, and spend our day trip exploring the beauty of Bainbridge Island and visiting the iconic Churchmouse Yarns & Teas.  Take a photographic journey with us and explore the beauty and creativity of the Puget Sound region.  Welcome!


Abundant Earth Fiber Mill
Churchmouse Yarns & Teas
Drygoods Design
Hazel Knits
Jello Mold Farm
Local Color Fiber Studio
Spincycle Yarns
Tolt Yarn and Wool
Wax & Wool, Etc.
Wise Craft Handmade
YOTH Yarns

By Hand Magazine comes to us from editor Andrea Hungerford of Portland, OR.

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